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Dale Kent Fitch
University of Missouri

School of Social Work


PhD, University of Texas at Arlington, 2001; MSSW, University of Texas at Arlington, 1984; BA, Oklahoma Baptist University, 1981.


Dale Fitch, PhD, MSSW, uses both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies addressing topics that include management of information systems in human service organizations, systems theory and decision-making. Professor Fitch also employs systemic intervention methodologies including critical system heuristics, soft systems and system dynamics modeling. He serves as Editor in Chief for the Journal of Technology in Human Services, as well as a consulting editor for numerous journals. He teaches in the areas of macro practice, management in the human services, practice in community and social systems, and information system design.

Research Interests:

Child Welfare, Information Systems in Human Service Organizations, Systems Theory, Systemic Research Methodologies, Organizational Decision Making.

Teaching Interests:

Social Work Administration, Community Practice, Practice Theories.