Professor at Rhode Island College
Frederic Reamer is Professor in the graduate program of the School of Social Work, Rhode Island College, where he has been on the faculty since 1983. His research and teaching have addressed a wide range of human service issues, including mental health, health care, criminal justice, public welfare, and professional ethics. Dr. Reamer received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago (1978) and has served as a social worker in correctional and mental health settings. He has also taught at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration (1978-1981), and the University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Social Work (1981-1983). Dr. Reamer has served as Director of the National Juvenile Justice Assessment Center of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (1979-1981); as Senior Policy Advisor to the Governor of Rhode Island (1987-1990); and as a Commissioner of the Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation, the state housing finance agency (1987-1995). Dr. Reamer served on the State of Rhode Island Parole Board from 1992 to 2016. He also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Social Work Education (1990-1994). He served as Associate Editor of the National Association of Social Workers Encyclopedia of Social Work (20th edition) and currently serves as Associate Editor of the Encyclopedia of Social Work Online (Oxford University Press and National Association of Social Workers).
Dr. Reamer has conducted extensive research on professional ethics. He has been involved in several national research projects sponsored by The Hastings Center, the Carnegie Corporation, the Haas Foundation, and the Scattergood Program for the Applied Ethics of Behavioral Healthcare at the Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania. He has published 20 books and more than 135 journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Reamer is also the author of chapters on professional ethics in the Encyclopedia of Social Work, Encyclopedia of Bioethics, Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics, and Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics. He has been an essayist on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition (“This I Believe” series), a commentator on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and a guest on various radio broadcasts (e.g., WVON-Chicago; WNYC—New York, KPCW—Utah, WOL—Washington, D.C., KFCD—Dallas, KVON—San Francisco, WGBH-Boston, WOLB—Baltimore, XM Satellite Radio). Since 2007 Dr. Reamer has served as host and producer of the National Public Radio series, This I Believe—Rhode Island, broadcast weekly by NPR and Rhode Island Public Radio. He is featured as a commentator in the 10-part video documentary, America’s Serial Killers: Portraits in Evil and in the 10-part video documentary, Rampage: Killing without Reason. He is also a featured expert on the PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) series, This Emotional Life.
Dr. Reamer has lectured extensively nationally and internationally (including India, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Portugal, and Canada) on the subjects of professional ethics and professional malpractice and liability.
- Ph.D. | University of Chicago
- A.M. | University of Chicago
- B.A. | University of Maryland