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Amy D. Habeger, PhD, MSW, LCSW

Amy D. HabegerDSW Program Director and Associate Professor
Social Work
ahabeger [at] desu.edu


  • Ph.D.  2017  Organizational Leadership (University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD)
    • Concentration: Health and Human Services
    • Dissertation: Professional Adaptation: Investigating Clinical Social Workers In Integrated Primary Care Organizations- A Leadership Study
  • M.SW.  2004  Social Work, (Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD)
  • B.A.  1998  Psychology, (Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD)

Post-Graduate Certification

  • Certificate in Effective College Instruction, 2021, Association of College & University Educators (ACUE)
  • Blackboard- Advanced, 2019, Delaware State University, Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Certificate of Online Learning and Teaching (COLT), 2017, Salisbury University, Department of Social Work
  • Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH), 2012, University of Massachusetts, School of Medicine

Current Licensure

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), State of Delaware

Research Interests

  • Social work role, professional adaptation, professional identity development, and power differentials amongst disciplines in integrated primary care organizations
  • Rural social work workforce training, recruitment, and retention
  • Burnout and self-care
  • Needs assessment and program evaluation

Sponsored Projects (Selected)

  • 2022  Project Title: Burnout Prevention: Piloting a Field Practicum Intervention for Social Work Students
    Role: Primary Investigator
  • 2021  Project Title:LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) Program: Social Work (Subaward, Primary Institution: University of Delaware)
    Role: Institutional Primary Investigator
  • 2021  Project Title: Delaware Integrated Behavioral Health Training Program
    Role: Primary Investigator
  • 2021  Project Title: Promoting Mental Wellness and Resilience in Rural Communities: Developing a Mindfulness Based Approach
    Role: Primary Investigator
  • 2020  Project Title: Rural Communities Opioid Response Program- Vision Consortium: Sussex County, Delaware
    Role: Co-Primary Investigator
  • 2019  Project Title: Wilmington Community Court Needs Assessment
    Role: Primary Investigator
  • 2019  Project Title: Rural Communities Opioid Response Program- Stepping Stones Consortium: Eastern Shore, Maryland
    Role: Evaluator
  • 2015  Project Title: Identifying Current Needs and Select Best Practices in School-Based Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services
    Role: Co-Primary Investigator



  • Ward, K., Connell. T. D. J., & Habeger, A. D. (In Press). Clinical Supervision for the Helping Professions: A Practical Workbook. Cognella.
  • Habeger, A. D., Connell, T. D. J., Harris, R. L., & Jackson, C. (2022). Promoting burnout prevention through a socio-ecological lens. Delaware Journal of Public Health, 8(12), 70-75, DOI: 10.32481/djph.2022.05.008
  • Habeger, A. D., van Vulpen, K. S., & Simmons, T. F. (2018).  Perceptions of rural school mental health services: a focus group study.  Journal of Child & Adolescent Mental Health, 1-10.
  • van Vulpen, K. S., Habeger, A. D., & Simmons, T. F.  (2018).  Rural school-based mental health services: parent perceptions of needs and barriers.  Children and Schools, 40(2), 104-111.
  • Habeger, A. D. & Venable, V. B.  (2017).  Supporting families through the application of  a rural pediatric integrated care model.  Journal of Family Social Work, 1-13.
  • Fritsch, S. L., Schlesinger, A., Habeger, A. D., Sarvet, B., & Harrison, J. N.  (2016).  Collaborative care and integration: changing roles and changing identity of the child & adolescent psychiatrist?  Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 55(9), 743-745.

Research Reports

  • Habeger, A. D., Connell, T. J.  (2021).  Research report to the Vision Consortium, Project funded by the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA).
  • Habeger, A. D., Simmons, T. F., & Maykrantz, S. (2019).  Exploring opioid prevention and treatment needs on the eastern shore of Maryland.  Research report to the Stepping Stones to Progress in Winning the Opioid Battle Consortium, project funded by the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA).
  • Habeger, A. D. (2019).  Exploring community perceptions and needs as related to public safety in Wilmington, Delaware.  Research Report to the Delaware Judiciary Administrative Office of the Courts, project funded by the Center of Court Innovation.
  • van Vulpen, K. S., & Habeger, A. D. (2016).  Identifying school-based mental health needs on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  Research Report to the Eastern Shore School Mental Health Coalition, project funded by the Maryland State Department of Education.

Presentations (selected)


  • Habeger, A. D., & Connell, T. D. J. (2023). Supporting workforce resilience through culturally responsive and inclusive burnout prevention. Delaware 2023 Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice Integration Summit.
  • Connell, T. D. J., & Habeger, A. D. (2022). Addressing workforce trauma through and ecological approach to burnout prevention. Annual Delaware Integrated Behavioral Health Conference. Delaware State University, Dover, Delaware.
  • Habeger, A. D., Connell, T. D. J., Harris, R. L., & Jackson, C. (2022). Coping with compassion fatigue: An ecological approach. Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence Virtual Webinar.
  • Habeger, A. D. (2022). Anxiety and Depression: Coping with Stress in Daily Life, Presented at Tabitha Healthcare’s COVID & Heart Health Webinar for Haitian Community, Online.
  • Habeger, A. D. (2022). Practice and Program Evaluation in Rural Integrated Care Settings, Presented for DIBH Trainees at Delaware State University, Online.
  • Habeger, A. D.  (2021).  Rural workforce training: A winding path to funding.  Junior Investigators Network. Online.
  • Habeger, A. D.  (2021).  Stress and resilience: Recognizing and coping in daily life.  Community Conference. Ellendale, Delaware.
  • Connell, T. J., & Habeger, A. D.  (2021). Community Needs Assessment: Addressing Rural Community Opioid and Substance Use.  2021 Vision Summit. Online.
  • Habeger, A. D.  (2021).  Early childhood resiliency and factors to help build resilience in children and their families, Presented during Infant and Toddler Mental Health: Trauma, Resilience, and Family Engagement and Their Impact on Development on Learning Conference, Online.
  • Simmons, T. F., & Habeger, A. D.  (2021).  Eastern shore opioid use prevention and treatment services: A gap analysis, Presented as a webinar for Maryland ROTA (Rural Opioid Technical Assistance), Online.
  • Connell, T. J., Habeger, A. D., & Paterson, J.  (2021).  Recommendations for addressing gaps and needs related to rural community opioid and substance use.  Delaware State University Research Day. Online.
  • Connell, T. J., & Habeger, A. D.  (2021).  Engaging students via interactive video quizzes.  Presented at 2021 Global Social Work Symposium.  Online.
  • Simmons, T. F. & Habeger, A. D.  (2019).  Reflections on stakeholder engagement in large scale rural research.  The 44th Annual National Institute on Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas National Rural Social Work Caucus.  Paducah, Kentucky.
  • Habeger, A. D. (2019).  Social work round table discussion: Exploring rural child and adolescent school-based mental health needs and barriers, Continuing Education Training for the Department of Social Work at Delaware State University, Georgetown, Delaware.
  • Habeger, A. D. (2019).  Rural social work practice.  Presented to psychology residents at Nemours/A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, Delaware.
  • Habeger, A. D. (2017).   Expert Panel- Ethical Decision Making in Primary Care, DREAM IPC conference sponsored by Nemours/A.I. du Pont Hospital for Children and the Delaware Psychological Association, Wilmington, Delaware.
  • Venable, V. B., & Habeger, A. D. (2016).  Supporting families using a rural integrated care model, International Conference on Integrated Primary Care. Barcelona, Spain.
  • Habeger, A. D. & van Vulpen, K. S. (2016). Identifying current needs and select best practices in school-based child and adolescent behavioral health services. Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy Conference. Tampa, Florida.
  • Habeger, A. D. (2015). Maryland behavioral health integration in pediatric primary care: a model of masters of social work interns co-located in pediatric primary care settings. American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists Annual Meeting. San Antonio, Texas.
  • Venable, V. B., & Habeger, A. D. (2015). Using social work interns to assist in creating integrated pediatric primary care. International Conference on Integrated Care. Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Habeger, A. D. (2014). B-HIPP Salisbury: rural partnerships between pediatric primary care offices and a local university social work department to increase access to children’s mental health screenings and treatment. Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy Conference, Tampa, Florida.
  • Coble, K. & Habeger, A. D. (2014). Maryland Behavioral Health Integration in Pediatric Primary Care. Child & Adolescent Mental Health Conference, Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Habeger, A. D., Bozick, C. T., & King, J. (2013). B-HIPP Salisbury: integrating social work interns into pediatric primary care to increase family access to and involvement in community mental health care. Systems of Care Training Institute (SOCTI), Baltimore, Maryland.
  • van Vulpen, K. S. & Habeger, A. D.  (2013).  Helping children cope with trauma.  Lower Shore Child Care Resource Center Workshop.  Salisbury University, Salisbury, Maryland.
  • Habeger, A. D. (2012).  Health care integration and service implementation in Hong Kong.  Presented at Maryland Mental Health Administration Case Management Conference.  Baltimore, Maryland.

Professional Organizations and Memberships

  • CSWE, 2020-Present
  • National Association of Social Work (NASW), 2012-Present
  • National Rural Social Work Caucus, 2019
  • Delaware Psychological Association, 2017-2019