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Steven Rose, PhD

Department of Social Work

Steven Rose

Dr. Rose is Professor of Social Work in the College of Health & Human Services. Dr. Rose’s areas of specialized competence include research to expand the knowledge base about children’s and adolescents’ social skills and interpersonal-cognitive problem-solving skills, peer relationships, and social competence mediated by small group processes. His current research interests focus on the application of social science knowledge to social work with groups. His work has been supported by grants and contracts. In addition to peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters, his publications include books on task groups in the social services, group work with children and adolescents, and social work practice with children and adolescents. He holds editorial board positions with academic and professional journals in the social sciences, social work and social welfare. He teaches an undergraduate course in methods of social work intervention, and graduate courses in social policies, programs, and services for children and youth, and foundation and advanced courses in research methods for social workers. Prior to coming to Mason, Dr. Rose was on the faculty of the graduate School of Social Work at Louisiana State University where he served as the Betty J. Stewart Endowed Professor of Social Work Practice with Children.


  • PhD, Social Welfare with Doctoral Studies in Social Work, Educational Psychology, and Social Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1981
  • MSW, Social Work with Graduate Studies in Psychology and Education, Washington University in St. Louis, 1975
  • BA, Psychology with Undergraduate Studies in Sociology and Social Work, Brooklyn College, City University of New York, 1973