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Barbara K. Shore

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Dr Barbara K. Shore was a graduate of the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) and the University of Pittsburgh. She held a Bachelor's degree, a Master's degree, and a Doctoral degree in Social Work. She also held a Master of Science in Hygiene from the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health. She was named a Distinguished Service Professor by the University in 1992 and Professor Emerita in 1996.

Dr. Shore was Director of the Doctoral Program in the School of Social Work for almost 20 years. She was National President of the Group to Advance Doctoral Education (GADE), the national organization of all doctoral programs in social work in the United States and Canada. In addition, she was a three-time President of the University of Pittsburgh Senate and has served on a number of Senate committees. She chaired the Tenure and Academic Freedom Committee of the University Senate and served as the Chair of the University Senate's Anti-Discrimination - Committee. She also served on the Chancellor's Task Force on Cultural Diversity, on a special committee to select speakers and recipients of honorary degrees from the University, on the Advisory Committee on University Policy for Publications and on the University Task Force on sexual harassment.

She achieved many professional, academic and community honors. Some of her academic honors included:

  • Distinguished Service Award, University of Pittsburgh
  • Endowed Fellowship Fund, Barbara K. Shore Fellowship Fund for Doctoral Students, University of Pittsburgh
  • Summa cum Laude Graduate, Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Phi Kappa Phi Scholastic Honorary
  • Phi Kappa Phi Scholar
  • NIMH Fellow

She co-authored two books:

  • Shore, Barbara K. and Raiff, Norma. (1993). Advanced Case Management: A  Strategy for the Nineties.  Sage Publishing Co.
  • Biegel, David, Shore, Barbara K. and Gordon, Elizabeth (1984). Building Informal Support Systems for the Elderly. Sage Publishing Co.

Dr. Shore wrote and presented more than 50 papers and book chapters and also performed a number of consultancies. Dr. Shore headed the Task Force appointed by Allegheny County Commissioners to study Children and Youth Services (CYS) in 1987. This effort included an in-depth study of the services offered, the staffing, the effect of interventions and the relationship with the Juvenile Court and the private and public sector. The County Commissioners appointed Dr. Shore to co-chair an implementation committee that followed the progress in implementing the recommendations and reported regularly to the Commissioners as well as to the public. Dr. Shore was Vice-chair of the CYS Advisory Board, Co-chair of the Prevention Sub-Committee and Chaired an Ad Hoc Committee to make recommendations to improve the relationships between CYS and Juvenile Court. In September, 1994, she was asked to chair a committee to examine key issues in Children and Youth Services and to make recommendations about the agency's policy and practices. In addition to serving on this committee, Dr. Shore served on the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Board for Allegheny County. She also co-chaired the Healthy Jewish Community Study that made recommendations for improving the mental and physical health of persons in the Jewish community. This was sponsored by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation.

She was active over the years in NASW. In 1974 she was named Social Worker of the Year, South Western Pennsylvania Chapter, NASW; she served as President, Pennsylvania State Chapter, NASW (1975 - 1980); National Program Chair, NASW (1978 - 1980); and National Program Chair, NASW (1981 - 1983). In 1986 she chaired the planning committee for the NASW Conference on Womens' Issues. Dr. Shore also helped develop the first (of two) NASW Social Work PioneerĀ® local divisions. Their first activity was to develop an oral history project and they planned to establish a repository of historic information at the University of Pittsburg Library.