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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

Julie Anne Laser-Maira

Associate Professor
PhD, Michigan State University


  • high-risk youth
  • adolescent resiliency
  • protective and risk factors by culture and gender
  • school social work
  • international social work
  • innovations in social work technology


Associate Professor Julie Anne Laser-Maira earned her PhD in family and child ecology.

She has worked and lived in Mexico, Switzerland, Japan and China. She recently completed large studies of resilience in Japanese, Korean, and Chinese youth, and she is presently investigating adolescent resilience in Senegalese youth and homeless American youth.

With more than 20 years of clinical social work experience, Laser-Maira has worked as a school social worker in both urban and rural school districts. At GSSW, she has been at the forefront of integrating technology in social work education through online teaching, enhancing classroom experiences and online clinical practice.

Laser-Maira teaches the school social work curriculum, child and adolescent developmentand concentration research courses. She also created and taught the MSW course, "Social Work from a Chinese Perspective," which took students to China for a firsthand looks at its developing social work profession.

See Web page and CV.