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Awards and Credentials

  1. Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1978
  2. Featured as a commentator on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and as a guest on various radio broadcasts (e.g., WNYC—New York, KPCW—Utah, WOL—Washington, D.C., KFCD—Dallas, KVON—San Francisco, WOLB—Baltimore, XM Satellite Radio)
  3. Author of many books and professional articles on topics such as teens in crisis, criminal behavior, and professional ethics
  4. Lectures nationally and internationally on topics such as teens in crisis and professional ethics
  5. Chaired the national task force that wrote the current Code of Ethics for the National Association of Social Workers

Frederic Reamer Ph.D.


Dr. Reamer is Professor in the Graduate Program of the School of Social Work, Rhode Island College, where he has been on the faculty since 1983. His research and teaching have addressed a wide range of human service issues, including mental health, healthcare, teens in crisis, criminal justice, public welfare, and professional ethics.

Dr. Reamer’s recent research has focused on school and program options for teens who struggle with a variety of mental health, behavioral, substance abuse, and academic issues. He is especially interested in helping parents and the professionals identify effective resources, including traditional and nontraditional options. Dr. Reamer’s research has identified the key attributes of high-quality nonresidential and residential schools and programs.

Dr. Reamer received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Frederic Reamer Ph.D.'s Content (Recent - Older)

What's a struggling teen?

  • By: Frederic Reamer Ph.D.
  • What, exactly, is a struggling teen? The term struggling teen describes youths who show signs of distress, some subtle and some obvious. Common warning ...


Finding help for struggling teens: First steps

  • By: Frederic Reamer Ph.D.
  • As all of us know, the adolescent years can be challenging. Although adolescence can be an emotionally stormy phase for virtually all teenagers, sometimes a ...