Gail B. Werrbach, Ph.D.

M.S.W. Simmons College
Ph.D. University of Texas-Austin

Dr. Gail Werrbach was a faculty member at the University of Maine School of Social Work for 31 years. She was past Director of the School and Associate Professor. Her research interests and publications were in the areas of child mental health, community mental health training, Indian child welfare services, and international social work. She has provided evaluation consultation for various state and local agencies that serve children and families, including the State of Maine Department of Health and Human Services, the Margaret Chase Smith Center for Public Policy (Wings for Children and Families Wrap-around Project), and the St. Michael’s Center Program (Home Based Family Services). Dr. Werrbach also received and administered four Indian Child Welfare training grants from the US Department of Health and Human Services Children’s Bureau that provided support for Native American social work students. She was co-principal evaluator of a five-year project for the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township that established a community-based system of care for Passamaquoddy children and families. In collaboration with the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, she was the coordinator for an evaluation of the Annie E. Casey Family Services Family Reunification program in Maine. She was the principal investigator for two international social work initiatives funded by the US Department of Education, Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education, including, Global Work with Immigrant Children, in which social work students were placed with international agencies serving immigrant and refugee children. Dr. Werrbach was one of five Commissioners for the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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