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Elizabeth Mutschler
Regents' Proceedings 192

Elizabeth Mutschler, associate professor of social work, will retire from active faculty status on December 31, 1997.

Professor Mutschler received her Diploma in Social Work from the School of Social Work in Ludwigsburg, Germany, in 1968, and received her M.S.W. and Ph.D. degrees in 1972 and 1975, respectively, from Washington University. From 1975-78, she served on the faculty of the University of Maryland at Baltimore. She joined the University of Michigan School of Social Work as an assistant professor in 1979 and was promoted to associate professor in 1984. Professor Mutschler's scholarly contributions have centered on three areas: analysis of treatment procedures and therapists' behaviors that facilitate ent change; evaluation of factors related to therapists' use of empirical procedures in clinical practice; and technology-based decision support and information processing to help therapists identify treatment objectives and monitor outcomes. Her work is highly-regarded, particularly her important contributions on clinical evaluation and her activities in computer-assisted decision-making. She conducted a landmark study of factors associated with therapists' use of empirical procedures in clinical agency settings, and has made groundbreaking advances in adapting computer technology to enhance clinical decision-making. She continues to be an international leader in computer technology for social work.

Within the School of Social Work, Professor Mutschler is known for setting high standards in the classroom and for promoting the use of computers in social work courses and practice. Her considerable service contributions include her work on the University Research Priorities Committee and on the Senate Assembly. She has assisted with management information systems development at area hospitals and has conducted workshops on technology for faculty and students. Professor Mutschler is truly a pioneer, having forged significant new paths of learning and having worked tirelessly to assist social workers around the world in achieving the best possible modes of practice.

The Regents now salute this distinguished faculty member by naming Elizabeth Mutschler associate professor emerita of social work.

Bio - The History of Social Work - Fellin

Elizabeth Mutschler received a diploma in social work from the School of Social Work in Ludwigsburg, Germany, and M.S.W. and Ph.D. degrees from Washington University in St. Louis. From 1975 to 1978 she served on the faculty of the University of Maryland-Baltimore. She joined the Michigan faculty as assistant professor and was hence promoted to associate professor in 1984.

Professor Mutschler's scholarly contributions were in three areas: analysis of treatment procedures and therapists' behaviors that facilitate client change, evaluation of empirical procedures in clinical practice, and technology-based decision objectives and monitor outcomes. She served on the university's Research Priorities Committee and on the university's Senate Assembly. She assisted with management information systems development at area hospitals and conducted workshops on technology for faculty and students.

She was director of a training and evaluation project funded by NIMH, and chaired the Human Subjects Review Committee of the school. She was a visiting professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University, as well as at the School of Social Work, Freiburg. In 1997 Mutschler was named associate professor emerita of social work by the regents of the university, who noted: "Professor Mutschler is truly a pioneer, having forged significant new paths of learning and having worked tirelessly to assist social workers around the world in achieving the best possible modes of practice."