Questions About the Program?

Department Chair Dr. David Pollio is here to answer your questions about the UAB Social Work program. He takes walk-ins every second and fourth Monday from 10:00 a.m. through noon, and you can set up appointments with him on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Call (205) 975-4938 or email for an appointment or to learn more about the walk-in schedule.
David Pollio. Distinguished Professor and Department Chair
Humanities Building 302E
(205) 975-8478

Research and Teaching Interests: Homelessness, mental health and addiction services, evidence based practice and education, HIV/HCV, disaster mental health, geospatial research, social media

Office Hours: Dr. Pollio takes walk-ins every second and fourth Monday from 10:00 a.m. through noon, and you can set up appointments with him on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

  • BA, University of Virginia
  • MSW, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • PhD, University of Michigan, Social Psychology and Social Work

David E Pollio, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Social Work and Department Chair, has long focused his work on making a difference in the real world. His practice career dates back more than 30 years and includes working with adolescents with behavioral issues, persons, and families coping with mental illness and addiction, runaway youth and adult homeless; and persons experiencing disaster. His research focuses on developing services for these and other populations and ranges from evaluating organizations, to developing new interventions, to using cutting edge technologies such as on-line social communities and virtual reality.

His work has been multi-disciplinary by nature, as is seen through his secondary appointments in the School of Public Health and the African American Studies program, and his longstanding affiliation with the Center for AIDS Research. His work and research has taken him under bridges to the halls of Congress, from the rubble of disaster sites to destinations local and all across this country.

In addition to his broad practice and research interests, Dr. Pollio has been a leader in the development of evidence-based education. His co-authored article on this topic was one of the 10 most cited articles in the field of Social Work in the last decade, and his work on this topic has won him the Pro Humanitate Literary Medal and Journal of Social Work Education Empirical Article of the Year (with Dr. Lisa Baker). His passion for education is nationally recognized, as evidenced by his being named in 2014 to the editorial board of the leading journal on Social Work education.

  • SW 314: Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
  • CS North, CJ Barney, DE Pollio, "A Focus Group Study of the Impact of Exposure to the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks,"Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology (October 2014).
  • SG Kertesz, EL Austin, S Holmes, DE Pollio, JE Schumacher, B White, LC VanDeusen, "Making Housing First Happen: Organizational Leadership in VA’s Expansion of Permanent Supportive Housing," Journal of General Internal Medicine 29 (Suppl. 4, December 2014): 835-44.
  • CS North, O Sims, BA Hong, MK Jain, G Brown, M Lisker-Melman, DE Pollio, "An empirical study of alcohol use in patients considering HCV treatment," American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse 40 (No. 6, 2014): 484-89.
  • B Fuehrlein, A Cowell, DE Pollio, L Cupps, M Balfour, CS North, "Deriving costs of service use in an urban homeless population," Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 46 (Issue 4, 2014): 491-97.
  • R Guadagno, N Muscanell, D Pollio, "The homeless use Facebook?! Similarities of social network use between college students and homeless young adults," Computers In Human Behavior 29 (Issue 1, 2013): 86-89.
  • D Pollio, A Hudson, C North, B Hong, "A Comparison of Enrollees Versus Non-enrollees in a Patient/Family HCV Psychoeducation Study," Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings (2012): 1-8.
  • DE Pollio, CS North, AM Hudson, V Osborne, JB McClendon, B Hong, "Psychoeducation responsive to families (PERF): Two decades of development and translation of a multifamily group model," Psychiatric Annals 42 (No. 6, 2012): 226-35.
  • L Baker, DE Pollio, A Hudson, "Assessing undergraduate practice evaluation knowledge in an introductory research methods course," Journal of Social Work Education 47 (No. 3, 2011): 555-64.
  • DE Pollio and MJ Macgowan, eds., Evidence-Based Group Work in Community Settings (Routledge Press, 2011.)
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression Scholarship Award, Council on Social Work Education, 2014
  • Fellow, American Psychopathological Association
  • Inaugural Fellow, Society for Social Work and Research
  • Best abstract, Association for Medical Education and Research on Substance Abuse, 2013
  • Quantitative article of the year, Journal of Social Work Education, 2012
  • Dean’s Award for research, teaching and service, University of Alabama School of Social Work, 2009
  • Graduate Mentoring Award, Graduate Student Council, Washington University, 2007
  • Pro Humanitate Literary Medal, North American Resource Center for Child Welfare, 2004
  • Mortimer Goodman Award for outstanding contributions to mental health services, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of St. Louis