Deidre Carmichael, MSW, Ph.D. is the Associate Project Director for the Professional Excellence Program at Georgia State University School of Social Work. Deidre has primary responsibility for managing and implementing program evaluations. She also supports curriculum and program development projects and provides consultation and training for Georgia’s Child Welfare Continuous Quality Improvement program. Deidre also serves as a member of the Executive Advisory Council for NSDTA. Deidre has worked in training and staff development for over 18 years. As an instructional designer, she has developed several curricula for child welfare case managers and supervisors including courses on managing secondary traumatic stress, partnering with fathers, working with teens, and improving individual and organizational performance. She began her work in child welfare as a foster care case manager. She has also worked in foster and adoptive home recruitment and served as a post-adoption services administrator.  Deidre holds a Master of Social Work degree and earned a Ph.D. in Adult Education with an emphasis in Human Resource and Organization Development. Her research interests are learning transfer, performance improvement, and individual and organizational change.  Deidre was awarded the Esworthy Malcolm S. Knowles Dissertation of the Year for 2016 from the Academy of Human Resource Development for her dissertation entitled, Understanding Learning Transfer as a Journey of Individual Behavior Change: Stages, Transitions, and Influences.

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