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Thursday, September 23 • 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Incorporating Research into Effective Social Work Practice – The Benefits of a Research Development Team

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In light of the ongoing need for research access and of Maryland’s change to the Daubert standard, the Maryland OPD Social Work Division established a Research Development Team (RDT).  Research is often incorporated in psychosocial evaluations and discussed during testimony, so it is essential and ethically necessary to use appropriate research.  RDT is responsible for creating an internal research database, teaching research skills, critically evaluating peer-reviewed research, and sharing that research through monthly research presentations. The goal is to equip our social workers with current knowledge and to reinforce critical thinking skills in order to strengthen our expertise.  This presentation will discuss how RDT was built, what RDT has provided, and what benefits it has brought for the division.

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Lindsey Balogh

Advanced Social Worker, Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Lindsey Balogh, JD, LCSW-C is an attorney-turned-social worker who has been with the Maryland OPD since July of 2019 where she is currently assigned to the Mental Health Division. Lindsey earned her BA from Washington University in St. Louis (2007) and both her JD (2010) and MSW (2016... Read More →
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Jessica Marvel

Social Worker, Office of the Public Defender
Jessica earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Family Science from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.  She has been with the Office of the Public Defender in various social work capacities... Read More →

Thursday September 23, 2021 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT