Steven Rose, PhD

Steven Rose
Titles and Organizations

Professor, Social Work

Contact Information

Phone: 703-993-4204
Building: Peterson Hall
Room 3613


Dr. Rose (MSW, Washington University in St. Louis; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) is a Professor of Social Work at George Mason University. Dr. Rose’s areas of specialized competence include research and scholarship to expand the knowledge base about children’s and adolescents’ social skills and interpersonal-cognitive problem-solving skills, peer relationships, and social competence mediated by small group processes. His current work focuses on the application of social science knowledge to social work with groups. His work has been supported by grants and contracts. In addition to peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters, his publications include books on task groups in the social services, group work with children and adolescents, and social work practice with children and adolescents. He holds editorial board positions with academic and professional journals in the social sciences, social work, and social welfare. He teaches graduate courses in human behavior in the social environment; social policies, programs, and services for children and youth; and program evaluation. He has held professional consultation, administration, supervision, and clinical practice positions in child, youth, and family services, education settings, and mental health organizations. Prior to joining the George Mason University faculty, Dr. Rose was on the faculty of the graduate School of Social Work at Louisiana State University where he served as the Betty J. Stewart Endowed Professor of Social Work Practice with Children.


Research Interests

  • Social services for children and adolescents
  • Promotion of social competence and mental health
  • Prevalence of youth violence and substance abuse
  • Small group processes, interventions, and outcomes


  • PhD, Social Welfare with Doctoral Studies in Social Work, Educational Psychology, and Social Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MSW, Social Work with Graduate Studies in Psychology and Education, Washington University in St. Louis
  • BA, Psychology with Undergraduate Studies in Sociology and Social Work, Brooklyn College, City University of New York