Education: B.S Ed, M.S. Ed, Ph. D. Education/Special Education, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri (1981) MSW, University of Oklahoma (1996) Oklahoma School Psychologist certification (2007)
Clinical and Teaching Interests: School Social Work particularly as it impacts school age children and their families, comparative issues in international Child Welfare, educational disparities involving children and youth with disabilities and field practice in the areas of school based services as well and agencies serving families, children and youth.
Mary’s current instructional endeavors include teaching both Foundation and Concentration courses across the graduate curriculum in the MSW program, University of Oklahoma. In addition to acting in the role as a Faculty Liaison for students in their first or final practicum experience, she regularly consults with private schools regarding Response to Intervention (RTI) programs, behavior management strategies and the use of 504 Plans for accommodations and modifications within the classroom.
Recently she has become the coordinator for an elective in International Child Welfare. This elective, sponsored through the Schusterman Foundation, promotes an exchange of Social Work students and faculty between Haruv Institute, Israel and OU to focus on the improvement and standardization of services to children and youth in the Child Welfare system on an international level. Mary (first row, second from the right) is pictured with other International Child Welfare leaders.
Mary has received awards for her teaching, supervised MSW students’ for their clinical social work license, engaged in private practice with individuals and families, worked in hospital based case management, home health and hospice. She has done psycho educational assessments in public as well as private schools.
Mary is married to John Brandt, an MSW, who worked community practice with organizations and agencies in both Kansas City and Tulsa. They live in NE Oklahoma and enjoy all outdoor activities.