Margo A. Kushner, PhD, MSW, LCSW-C, AAMFT

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Assistant Professor

Office: TETC 254-K
Phone: 410-543-6513
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Appointment Year: 2006

Courses Taught
Social Work Practice I
Advanced Practice with Families
Advanced Practice with Groups
Substance Abuse Assessment and Intervention

Research/Practice Interests
Family Law Legislation
Children's Rights
Meditation and Arbitration
Child Custody and Access
Collaborative Law

Institutions Attended
University of Calgary Ph.D.
University of Calgary MSW
University of Calgary BSW
York University BA, Major in Anthropology

Other Credentials
Clinical registration with the Canadian Social Work Association
Licensed Certified Social Worker - Clinical, State of Maryland
Member, AAMFT - American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Reviewer, AAMFT scholarly works/workshop submissions.
Member, AFCC - Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
Member, SSPS - Society for the Study of Social Problems
Nominated for excellence in teaching award at the University of Calgary 2003
Recipient of the Women Helping Women Scholarship provided by the Psychology Association, Alberta, CA 2002, 2003

Committees and Boards
Administrative Office of the Courts - Custody Subcommittee of the Maryland Judiciary, Committee on Family Law
Habitat for Humanity - Board Member, Salisbury Chapter

Scholarly Work - Peer-Reviewed Articles
Kushner, M. (2009) Judges & child custody evaluators beware: Methodological limitations inherent
     in the research about children & divorce. Canadian Family Law Quarterly 28 (1), pp. 33-49.

Kushner, M. (2009) A dual model for completing parenting plans post separation. Journal of Divorce
     & Remarriage, 50(7).

Kushner, M. (2009) A review of the empirical literature about child development and adjustment
     post separation. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage (in press).

Kushner, M. (2008) Contextual Slippage: A Detriment to Child Custody Planning? Journal of Child
     Custody, 5(3/4), 276-298.

Kushner, M. (2006) Is best interests a solution to filling potholes in child custody planning? Journal
     of Child Custody, 3(2), 71-89.

Kushner, M. (2006) Best interests and child custody planning. Journal of Divorce & 
     Remarriage, 44(3/4), 17-29.

Kushner, M. (2005) The child custody expert: Legitimizing one's moral and legal self. 
     Canadian Family Law Quarterly, 23(1), 94-99.

Kushner, M. (2005) Child custody experts: An identity crisis. Canadian Family
     Law Quarterly, 22(3), 297-317.

Scholarly Work - Professional Publications
Kushner, M. (2008, Feb.) Mapping text. Institutional Ethnography Newsletter. 5(1).

Kushner, M. (2007, June) Tips for divorcing parents regarding their children. NASW web-site

Kushner, M. (2006) Child custody planning in a textually structured court system. 
     Published doctoral dissertation, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.

Kushner, M. (2005). The relationship between children of divorce and the legal system, revisited.
     Psymposium, 14(4), 22-25.

Kushner, M. (2004). The relationship between children of divorce and the legal system. 
     Women in Psychology, 15(3), 3-6.

Kushner, M. (1995). Principles of prosperity and social work. The Advocate, 20(1), 16-17.

Kushner, M. (1994). Excelling in private practice. The Advocate, 19(4), 17-18.

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