Center on Race and Social Problems

Gary F. Koeske, Ph.D.

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Gary Koeske received his MS and PhD (1968) degrees from Northwestern University after completing his undergraduate work in psychology at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee in 1964. He joined the new social psychology program at the University of Pittsburgh in 1968. In 1974, he came to the School of Social Work to complete a program evaluation of Gateway Rehabilitation Center in Beaver County, PA and to teach research methods to master’s degree and doctoral students. He was co-principal investigator (with Dr. Barbara Shore) on an NIAAA training grant in alcoholism research and policy and conducted a doctoral seminar he developed for the funded training. Since 1974, he has taught research methodology and statistics courses in the MSW and PhD programs. He has been a full professor in the school since 1993; for several years he has served on the doctoral committee and the promotion and tenure committee. His publications have appeared in journals of his original field of training (e.g., Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Journal of Personality, Journal of Social Psychology) as well as in social work and affiliated journals (e.g., Social Work, Social Work Research, Administration in Social Work, Journal of Social Service Research, Social Service Review, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, Hospital & Community Psychiatry). Most of this published work reflects a connection between Dr. Koeske’s interest in social psychological and personality constructs and characteristics of workers that affect social work practice. Some of his writing has also been on specific methodological and statistical issues. Since beginning his academic career, Dr. Koeske has supervised over 40 doctoral dissertation, doctoral competency papers, and master’s theses.

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