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Boston College School of Social Work

Thomas Crea

Thomas Crea

Associate Professor, Global Practice and Children, Youth & Families
Chair, Global Practice

Thomas M. Crea, PhD, MSW, is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Work at Boston College, where he is Chair of the MSW Global Practice Concentration. He is a former clinical social worker with previous experience as a mental health therapist for severely emotionally disturbed children, and as a foster care adoption worker and supervisor providing home study assessments and post-placement support to families.

Dr. Crea has experience in local, national, and international research projects, primarily related to social interventions for vulnerable children and families. In the U.S., he has conducted evaluations of local and national child welfare initiatives, and led a project in Dorchester, MA, to examine and build parent engagement in secondary education for immigrant and low-income families. Dr. Crea also pursues global research in post-conflict and resource-poor settings, on topics including social protection for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) related to HIV/AIDS; livelihoods support for urban refugees; refugee higher education; and the relationship between food security and children’s literacy. His research projects span multiple countries, which to date include Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, Malawi, Palestine, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

Dr. Crea’s research has been funded by a variety of sources, including: the Annie E. Casey Foundation; the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption; Catholic Relief Services; the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America; the Northeast and Caribbean Implementation Center; Federación Internacional Fe y Alegría; Jesuit Refugee Service; and Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Adoption Quarterly and the Journal of Family Strengths. A teacher of Program Evaluation, Professor Crea uses primarily mixed-methods, participatory research methodologies designed to produce rigorous, yet useful, findings for stakeholders working with at-risk populations.

Read more about Tom Crea's program evaluation research with Jesuit Refugee Service »

Read Tom Crea's article on the effects of cash transfers on child health and development in Zimbabwe, published in The Lancet  »