Jeffrey L Edleson is the Harry and Riva Specht Chair Emeritus in the School of Social Welfare, and served as Dean from 2012 through August 2019.
A leading expert in domestic violence, Dr. Edleson's current research examines the impact of adult violence on children and how social systems respond to these children. His work also focuses on international parental abduction in cases of domestic violence and the evaluation of interventions and policies on family violence. His body of publications comprises more than 130 articles and 12 books.
Dr. Edleson served as the President of the California Association of Deans and Directors (CADD) of Social Work Programs from 2017 to 2019. His other appointments included the National Institute of Justice Scientific Review Panel on Family Violence and Violence Against Women as well as the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women. He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. He was a professor of social work at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work for 29 years before joining Berkeley in 2012 and the founding director of the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse.