- Professor Emeritus
Frederic Reamer is professor emeritus in the School of Social Work. His teaching and research focus on professional ethics, criminal justice, mental health, health care, and public policy. Dr. Reamer received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and has served as a social worker in correctional and mental health settings. He chaired the national task force that wrote the Code of Ethics adopted by the National Association of Social Workers in 1996 and served on the code revision task force. Dr. Reamer also chaired the national task force sponsored by NASW, the Association of Social Work Boards, Council on Social Work Education, and Clinical Social Work Association that developed standards governing social workers’ use of technology in professional practice.
Dr. Reamer serves as associate editor of the Encyclopedia of Social Work and served as editor of the Journal of Social Work Education. He also served on the State of Rhode Island Parole Board for 24 years.
Dr. Reamer has lectured nationally and internationally on social work and professional ethics, including in India, China, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and in various European nations. His books include Risk Management in the Behavioral Health Professions; Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Human Services; Social Work Values and Ethics; The Philosophical Foundations of Social Work; Heinous Crime: Cases, Causes and Consequences; Criminal Lessons: Case Studies and Commentary on Crime and Justice; On the Parole Board: Reflections on Crime, Justice, Redemption, and Justice; Risk Management in Social Work; The Social Work Ethics Casebook; Ethical Standards in Social Work; Ethics and Risk Management in Online and Distance Social Work; Moral Distress and Injury in Human Services; Teens in Crisis: How the Industry Serving Struggling Teens Helps and Hurts our Kids; and The Social Work Ethics Audit, among others. Dr. Reamer serves as an expert witness in many court and licensing board cases throughout the United States.
Ph.D., University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration - May 1978
A.M., University of Chicago, Division of Social Sciences - May 1975
B.A., University of Maryland, Institute of Criminal Justice and Criminology - May 1974
Chair, Ethics Committee, NASW-RI; editorial board member for several social work journals; series editor, Columbia University Press, Social Work Knowledge Series.
Ethics and Risk Management in Online and Distance Social Work
On the Parole Board: Reflections on Crime, Punishment, Redemption, and Justice
Risk Management in Social Work: Preventing Professional Malpractice, Liability, and Disciplinary Action
Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Human Services
Teens in Crisis: How the Industry Serving Struggling Teens Helps and Hurts Our Kids (with Deborah Siegel)
How to Find Help for Struggling Teens: A Guidebook for Parents and the Professionals Who Work with Them (with Deborah Siegel)
Heinous Crime: Cases, Causes, and Consequences
Criminal Lessons: Case Studies and Commentary on Crime and Justice
Social Work Malpractice and Liability
Tangled Relationships: Managing Boundary Issues in the Human Services
The Social Work Ethics Audit – A Risk-management Tool
The Philosophical Foundations of Social Work
Social Work Values and Ethics
Ethical Standards in Social Work
Ethical Dilemmas in Social Service
Ethics Education in Social Work
Social Work Research and Evaluation Skills
Rehabilitating Juvenile Justice (with Charles Shireman)
AIDS and Ethics (editor and contributor)
The Foundations of Social Work Knowledge (editor and contributor)
The Pocket Guide to Essential Human Services
Various journal articles and book chapters on the subjects of professional ethics, social work ethics and values, risk management, criminal justice, affordable housing, and mental health policy.
Areas of Interest
Social welfare policy, social work research and evaluation, human behavior, criminal justice, professional and social work ethics.
Areas of Expertise
social work ethics, forensic social work, criminal justice,
Member, Rhode Island Parole Board; social worker in various correctional settings; director of National Juvenile Justice Assessment Center, U.S. Department of Justice; senior policy advisor, Rhode Island Governor's Office; commissioner, Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation; editor-in-chief, Journal of Social Work Education; chair, NASW Code of Ethics Revision Committee.