College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Blair received his MSW from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo. He has over 35 years of clinical social work experience. Dr. Blair is also a graduate of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. Dr. Blair's practice experience includes work as a school social worker, and social work practice in the areas of crisis intervention, divorce mediation, family therapy, and community organizing. His research interests include education of undergraduates about poverty, kinship care, as well as the practice of social work in schools and linkages between anthropology and social work.
In recent years Dr. Blair's research has focused on issues of poverty and on developing a tracking tool that assesses the attitudes of undergraduate students towards those living in poverty as well as research into the efficacy of undergraduate poverty education at American universities. The tracking tool was published 2014 and has been widely used to assess the efficacy of various poverty educational efforts.
Previously, Dr. Blair’s research focused on the Child Only component of the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program. Dr. Blair has several publications and presentations related to his research into the strengths and stressors associated with being a kinship care giver.
Dr. Blair serves on the Board of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty. Past service includes serving on the Board of Directors of local agencies such as Native American Community Services.
Dr. Blair has taught courses in Practice Methods, an introductory course on poverty, courses on Social Welfare Policy. His administrative experience includes being a department chair, program director, and he has served as a coordinator of the Field Practicum.