Deborah Siegel

Building 9 (SSW) 111
(401) 456-8042
(401) 456-8617

Academic Background

Professor1983 to present
Ph.D. University of Chicago School of Social Service AdministrationMay 1982
A.M. University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration May 1974
B.A. Dickinson CollegeMay 1972

Courses Taught

SWRK 600 Field Education & Seminar III
SWRK 601 Field Education & Seminar IV
SWRK 602 Clinical Social Work Practice I
SWRK 603 Clinical Social Work Practice II
SWRK 642 Integrative Project
SWRK 643 Integrative Project

Currently Teaching

clinical practice (children and families), field seminar, integrative project

Areas of Expertise

clinical practice, adoption, ADHD

Areas of Interest

Empirical evaluation of clinical practice; child welfare; adoption

Present Service Activities

Keynote speaker, conference presenter, workshop leader on issues related to adoption; member of the NASW-RI Board of Directors, Children’s Policy Coalition, Child Advocate’s Task for on Adoption Legislation, Rhode Island Adoption Action Coalition, consultant to agencies concerned with adoption issues.

Past Experience

Director of Field Instruction, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama; Director of Field Instruction and Assistant Professor, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, Missouri; Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work, Rhode Island College; clinical social worker for various agencies in Alabama, Missouri and Rhode Island


  • Siegel, D. H. (2004). "Open adoption and family boundaries." A chapter in Wegar, Katarina. (in press). Families and Adoption. Rutgers University Press.
  • Siegel, D.H. (2003). "Open adoption of infants: Adoptive parents’ feelings seven years later." Social Work. Vol. 48, No. 3: 409-410. (Publisher printed a correction in the October 2003 issue, Vol. 48, No. 4: 503).
  • Siegel, D.H. (1997). "Should HBSE favor social environment theories over theories of individual behavior? Yes!" In Martin Bloom & Waldo C. Klein, (Eds.). Controversial Issues in Human Behavior in the Social Environment. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Siegel, D.H. (1996). "Adoption." Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics. Vol. 1. Chadwick, R. (Ed.). San Diego: Academic Press.
  • Smith-Pliner, D. & Siegel, D.H. (1996). "The second time around: Adopting a second child involves special issues." Adoptive Families. March/April, Vol. 29, No. 2.
  • Siegel, D.H. (1994). "Are practitioner intuition and empirical evidence equally valid sources of professional knowledge? No.”" In Walter W. Hudson and Paula S. Nurius (Eds.). Controversial Issues in Social Work Research. Needham, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Bernier, J. C. & Siegel, D.H. (1994). "Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: An ecological and family systems perspective." Families in Society, March, Vol. 75, No. 3: 142-151. (also translated and published in a Dutch journal)
  • Siegel, D.H. (1993). "Open adoption of infants: Adoptive parents’ perceptions of advantages and disadvantages." Social Work. Vol. 38, No. 1: 15-25.
  • Smith-Pliner, D. & Siegel, D.H. (1992). "Successful open adoption: Advice for adoptive parents." Ours. January/February: 15-17.
  • Siegel, D.H. (1992). "Should social workers blow the whistle on incompetent colleagues? Yes." In Gambrill, E. & Pruger, R. (Eds.). Controversial Issues in Social Work. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Siegel, D.H. (1990). "Commentary: Computer-based clinical practice: An asset or pie in the sky?" In Lynn Videka-Sherman & William J. Reid. (Eds.). Advances in Clinical Social Work Research. Silver Spring, MD: NASW.
  • Siegel, D.H. & Reamer, F.G. (1988). "Integrating research and practice thinking," chapter 3 in Richard M. Grinnell, Jr. (Ed.). Social Work Research and Evaluation. 3rd edition. Itasca, IL: Peacock.
  • Siegel, D.H. (1988). "How to integrate research and practice." Chapter 2 in Richard M. Grinnell, Jr. (Ed.). Social Work Research and Evaluation. 3rd edition. Itasca, IL: Peacock.
  • Grinnell, R. M. Jr. & Siegel, D.H. (1988). "The place of research in social work education," chapter 1 in Richard m. Grinnell, Jr. (Ed.). Social Work Research and Evaluation. 3rd. edition. Itasca, IL: Peacock.
  • Siegel, D.H. (1984). "Effectively teaching empirically based practice: Some research findings." Social Work Research and Abstracts, Vol. 21, No.1: 40-48.
  • Siegel, D.H. (1984). "Defining empirically based practice." Social Work. Vol. 29, No. 4: 325-331.
  • Siegel, D.H. (1983). "The future of social work education: Can research and practice be integrated?" Journal of Education for Social Work. Vol. 19, No. 3: 12-19.

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