David Pollio

Contributing Faculty
College of Social and Behavioral Health
Barbara Solomon School of Social Work
Doctor of Social Work (DSW)

David E. Pollio, MSW PhD has served as a professor of Social Work for more than 25 years. He has a Master's degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Doctorate in Psychology and Social Work from the University of Michigan. He also has more than fifteen years of clinical practice as a therapist. He began his career in the 1980s working as a community organizer/social worker with persons who were homeless at the Daily Planet, a social service agency in Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Pollio has over 160 peer-reviewed publications and has published a book on evidence-based groupwork. He has also been funded multiple times by the National Institutes for Health (NIH) in his focal area of behavioral health services research. He is currently employed as a Scientific Review Officer at the Center for Scientific Review at NIH. He has won multiple awards, but is perhaps proudest of winning the Pro Humanitate Literary Medal from the North American Resource Center for Child Welfare and the Mortimer Goodman Award for outstanding contributions to mental health services by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Metropolitan St. Louis. Dr. Pollio is extremely pleased to be teaching in the doctoral program in Social Work at Walden, and contributing to the education of students as they achieve this terminal degree.


PhD, University of Michigan

MSW, Virginia Commonwealth University

BA, University of Virginia