Research Consultant and Adoptive Family Consultant
Victor Groza is the Grace F. Brody Professor of Parent-Child Studies at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. He is a licensed clinical social worker and has a doctorate in Sociology. His research in child welfare focuses on three areas: (1) an examination of the trauma from institutional care of children, ways to improve the care of children who must reside in institutions, and the short- and long-term impacts on child and family development from early trauma; (2) family, children and service system issues in domestic, older-child adoption and international adoption, all who bring to their family a trauma history; and (3) child welfare workforce issues including managing secondary trauma.
Since 1991 he has been involved in various child welfare technical assistance, research and training projects in Romania, India, Ukraine, Guatemala & Ethiopia. His research, training and technical assistance has been use to change public policy, develop social services and improve the quality of the workforce globally. Dr. Groza holds an honorary doctorate from the West University of Timisoara, Romania