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Esta M. Glazer-Semmel, MSW

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Clinical Instructor

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Clinical Instructor


UMB Baltimore MD 21201

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Education and Training

B.A. Psychology and Education, Magna Cum Laude, Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania. 

M.S.W. – Clinical, School of Social Work and Community Planning, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland.  

Post Master’s Certificate in Social Administration, School of Social Work and Community Planning, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland. 

Licensed Certified Social Worker – Clinical, Maryland #2726


For almost 40 years, I have worked with and on behalf of the most vulnerable, urban children and families assuming clinical, supervisory, administrative, research, training and teaching roles in human service, health, community-based, private practice and university settings. I have succesfully competed for federal, state and foundation grants, and presented aproximately 30 refereed papers at professional conferences across the country. I am an expert witness for family and children's issues, with state and federal level experience in death penalty and other felony cases. 

Research/Clinical Keywords

familiy, and child and adolescent therapy forensic evaluation and expert testimony child maltreatment and family violence

Highlighted Publications

DePanfilis, D., Glazer-Semmel, E., Farr, M., & Meek, G. (1999). The Family Connections intervention manual.  Baltimore, MD: University of Maryland School of Social Work.

DePanfilis, D., Okundaye, J., Glazer-Semmel, E., Kelly, L., & Swanson-Ernst, J. (2002).  Principles of the strengths perspective: Views from families and providers. Family Preservation Journal, 6(2), 1-14.

Glazer-Semmel, E. M.  How do I prepare families for case closure?  In Dubowitz, H. & DePanfilis, D.  (2000).  Handbook for child protection practice  Newberry Park, CA:  Sage.

Glazer-Semmel, E.  Group work with adults.  In Gitterman, A. and Salmon, R. (Eds.) (2009).  Encyclopedia of social work with groups.   New York, NY:  Routledge.