Dr. Bibhuti K. Sar

PhD Program Director

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Dr. Sar’s overall focus is on the enhancement of quality of life of children and families through community based research, training, education and partnerships. His research aims to identify risk and protective factors-individual and systemic- that influence outcomes among families and children in contact with various systems of care such as child welfare, health, mental health, juvenile justice, education.

His work has been funded by the Children’ Bureau, Department for Health & Human Services and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Department of Justice. His research projects include implementation and evaluation of a community based child abuse educational program, healthy relationship education for adoptive couples, and cross-age peer mentoring to reduce risks for juvenile delinquency.  He has published on such topics as special needs adoption, developing family-school partnerships, healthy relationship education, measuring control in intimate partner relationships, evaluation of strategies to curb intimate partner violence, child welfare workforce training, transfer of learning, and evaluation as well as social work education.

Dr. Sar directs the Ph.D. program and the Credit for Learning Program (CFL) for training of the state’s child welfare workers. He teaches courses in social work practice, ethics, research, and human diversity. His practice background is in community mental health, specializing in services to children and families.