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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, is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Work at Boston College who joined the faculty in 2007. He is a former clinical social worker with previous experience as a mental health therapist for severely emotionally disturbed children; as a drug and alcohol counselor for court mandated adolescents; and as a special needs adoption worker and supervisor providing home study assessments and support to adoptive 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 the Annie E. Casey Foundation's national Family to Family initiative, and the Structured Analysis Family Evaluation (SAFE) uniform adoption home study. He also conducts research on parent engagement in secondary education for immigrant and low income families, at Cristo Rey Boston High School. Dr. Crea also conducts international research on conditional cash transfers for orphans and vulnerable children in Manicaland Province, Zimbabwe; on livelihoods support for urban refugees in Johannesburg and Pretoria, South Africa; and on tertiary education for camp-based refugees in Kakuma camp, Kenya, and Dzaleka camp, Malawi, as well as for urban refugees in Amman, Jordan.

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; Jesuit Refugee Service South Africa; and Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins. He currently serves on the editorial board of Adoption Quarterly. A teacher of Program Evaluation, Professor Crea uses 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  »