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Ann A. Abbott
Ann A. Abbott became the National Association of Social Work’s 22nd president on July 1, 1993. She had been active in both her local NASW and the national program. In 1987-1989 she was President of her PA Chapter. She was on the National-Chapter Relations Committee; on the National Board of Directors; Communications Committee; Chair of the Presidents’ Council; National Center for Social Policy and Practice; Book Committee; Strategic Planning Committee; Social Work Research and Abstracts Editorial Board; Health and Social Work Editorial Board; Executive Committee; NASW/CSWE Joint Board; National Center for Social Policy and Practice Advisory Committee; Strategic Planning Implementation Oversight Committee; Delegate Assembly Planning Committee; Annual Conference Planning committee; and Member and Chair of the NASW Insurance Trust.
She received her BS degree in Psychology from St. Norbert College, Wisconsin and her MSS and Ph.D. degrees from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She completed the HERS program for women in administration and the American Group Psychotherapy Training Program.
Since 2001, Dr. Abbott has served as professor and Chair of the Graduate Social Work Department at West Chester University (PA). Previously she served as faculty member and Associate Dean in the School of Social Work at Rutgers the State University of New Jersey. She taught clinical/direct practice and HBSE content at both undergraduate and graduate levels. She also served as Director of the BASW program, and Chair of the Social Work Program in Camden, as well as Chair of Foundation Area for New Brunswick, Camden, and Newark MSW programs. She was also a National Institute for Drug Abuse, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol, Office of Substance Abuse Prevention, faculty fellow developing substance abuse content for social work curricula.
Her awards include Outstanding Alumna of St. Norbert College and Social Worker of the Year (Brandywine PA division of NASW). She has been a member of the Council on Social Work Education and American Group Psychotherapy Association, a fellow of the American Orthopsychiatric Association, and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. In addition to her work in the area of substance abuse and mental health, Dr. Abbott is a prominent national lecturer on social values and ethics, and malpractice and risk management. Currently she serves on the editorial boards of several social work professional journals and is a risk management presenter for the NASW National Assurance Services .