Arlene Weisz

Arlene Weisz

Professor Emeritus

Arlene Weisz


Arlene N. Weisz was a faculty member at the School of Social Work, Wayne State University from 1995 to 2019. After working as a nursery school teacher and child care worker, she received her MSW from the Jane Addams School of Social Work in 1981. She practiced social work in the greater Chicago area in a variety of settings, including outpatient mental health and child welfare services, a substance abuse treatment program, and a psychiatric hospital. She returned to school and completed a Ph.D. in 1995. At Wayne State, she taught graduate social work students and directed the doctoral program for five and a half years. She conducted research on intimate partner violence and teen dating violence and sexual assault prevention programming. She co-authored multiple articles and a book on domestic violence, teen dating violence and sexual assault prevention and help seeking. Federal, state and private funding sources supported her research, which involved intensive collaboration with service providers and criminal justice entities in the greater Detroit area. Dr. Weisz was privileged to be able to mentor a number of masters and doctoral students in their research. Nationally, she served on several grant review committees for the National Institute of Justice, on an expert panel for the Center for Disease Control, and on the editorial board for the journal, Violence and Victims. She served on the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Commission/Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work Education for six years. She was honored by Wayne State University by being featured as one of the “Professors Who Do” and by the Society for Social Work Research as a “Meet the Scientist Speaker”.

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Degrees and Certifications

  • Ph.D.1995, Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • M.S.W. 1981, Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • A.B. cum laude 1969 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Licensed Master Social Worker, State of Michigan

Teaching Interests

  • Social Work Theory (families, groups, humanistic)
  • Women's Roles and Issues
  • Dissertation Development
  • Family Violence
  • Social Work Practice with Families
  • Interpersonal Practice in Substance Abuse
  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment

Areas of Expertise


  • Domestic Violence
  • Teen Dating Violence
  • Sexual Assault
  • Prevention programs for teen dating violence and sexual assault


  • Mixed methods, especially qualitative research methods

Courses taught by Arlene Weisz

Winter Term 2023

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