Dr. Mari Alschuler

Associate Professor
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Dr. Mari Alschuler

Associate Professor

Social Work

Cushwa Hall 3373

phone: (330) 941-3297



Mari Alschuler is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervisory Qualification and an Associate Professor of Social Work at YSU since 2013. Dr. Alschuler earned her Ph.D. in Leadership and Education at Barry University in 2012 after a 30+ year career as a clinical social worker in New York City and South Florida. She is a credentialed poetry therapist, poet, and fiction writer.

Research Interests

Dr. Alschuler has conducted institutional research on the academic success of YSU's student veterans; the effectiveness of honors court for veterans in Mahoning County; the effects of teaching mindfulness meditation to MSW students in field practice; and the effects on social work students of taking a master's level course in social work practice with members of the LGBTQ+ community. A current research interest involves Buddhist approaches to social work education and practice.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Alschuler teaches advanced clinical practice with individuals, psychiatric diagnosing, field practice, supervision theory and practice, and MSW capstone courses. She created and teaches master's-level electives in social work practice with LGBTQ+ people, military social work, and creative arts therapies. Other teaching interests include group practice, community and organizational practice, cultural diversity and humility, and program development and evaluation.

  • Education
    • 2012

      Ph D, Leadership and Education

      Barry University

    • 1990

      Other, Social Work

      Fordham University

    • 1987

      MEd, Counseling Psychology

      Teachers College, Columbia University

    • 1986

      MA, Organizational Psychology

      Teachers College, Columbia University

    • 1982

      MFA, Creative Writing/Poetry

      School of the Arts, Columbia University

    • 1980

      BA, Semiotics

      Brown University

  • Awards and Honors
    • October 2023

      NASW-OH Region 4

      Lifetime Achievement Award

      The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to social workers who are members of NASW for years of service to the social work profession in general. This includes public service, community engagement, scholarship, etc.

    • March 2023

      International Federation for Biblio-Poetry Therapy/National Association for Poetry Therapy

      Public Service Award

      The Public Service Award for 2023 has been granted to Dr. Mari Alschuler, a poetry therapist and certified mentor, who has developed a course in the creative arts therapies in the MSW Program at YSU, teaches and mentors people in the uses of bibiotherapy, poetry therapy, and journal therapy, and publishes in the discipline.

    • March 2015


      Campus Leadership Diversity Award

      Received Campus Leadership Award for Diversity.

  • Past History
    • 2022

      Insight Clinical Counseling and Wellness, LLC


    • 2017

      Youngstown State University

      Associate Professor, Social Work

    • 2017

      Pathways Counseling Services of Ohio


    • 2013

      Youngstown State University

      Assistant Professor, Social Work

    • 2012


      BSW Department Chair

    • 2002

      Broward Community College (FL) and Miami-Dade Community College (FL)

      Adjunct Professor, English

  • Administrative Assignments
    • 2015 - 2017


  • Intellectual Contributions
    • 2023

      "Shifting to remote learning: An American 'Rust Belt' university challenged by the pandemi0"

      Journal of Practice Teaching, volume 19, issue 3, p. 67-78

    • 2021

      "Poetry Therapy, Journaling, and Mindfulness: An Integrative Approach to Treating Anxiety Disorders"

      LIRIC (Lapidus International), volume 2, issue 2, p. 101-122

    • 2021

      "Ch. 23: Group Supervision"

      Routledge, p. 284-293

    • 2017

      "Specialized Practice Curricular Guide for Military Social Work"

      Council on Social Work Education

    • 2017

      "Learning From and With Humility"

      Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, volume 20, issue 1, p. 42-46

    • 2016

      "Use of a reflective journaling rubric in diversity-themed social work courses: Faculty inter-rater reliability"

      Kentucky Journal of Excellence in College Teaching & Learning, volume 14, p. 9-20

    • 2016

      "Assessing Cultural Competence in a BSW Student Population"

      Social Work Education: The International Journal

    • 2016

      "Preventing Student Veteran Attrition: What More Can We Do?"

      Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory, & Practice, volume Web, p. 20

    • 2015

      "Strengths-based group supervision with social work students"

      Groupwork, volume 25, issue 1, p. 34-57

  • Professional Service
    • 2021 - 2024

      Committee Member
      Council for Social Work Education

    • 2021 - 2023

      Board of Directors of a Company
      National Association for Social Workers-Ohio Chapter
      Columbus, OH

    • 2021 - present

      International Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy (IFBPT)

    • 2019 - 2019

      Purdue University-Fort Wayne
      Ft. Wayne, IN

    • 2018 - present

      Editorial Review Board Member
      Textbook Reviewer

    • 2014 - present

      Editorial Review Board Member
      Journal Peer Reviewer

  • Public Service
    • 2020 - present

      Board Member
      Cultural Arts Committee
      Youngstown, OH

    • 2018 - 2020

      Board Member
      Jewish Community Center
      Youngstown, OH

    • 2016 - 2019

      Social Justice Action Committee, Congregation Ohev Beth Sholom
      Youngstown, OH

    • 2015 - present

      Guest Speaker
      Lit Youngstown
      Youngstown, OH