• Dr. Miriam Potocky is an internationally recognized expert on refugee resettlement. She has authored over 70 publications, including the ground-breaking Best Practices for Social Work with Refugees and Immigrants (Columbia University Press), currently in press for a second edition. Dr. Potocky’s work has been funded by the Florida Department of Children and Families Office of Refugee Services; the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management; the International Rescue Committee; the Florida Center for Survivors of Torture; the Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Sweden; the New York Community Trust; and the YMCA of Greater Toronto. She is the principal investigator for “Project MIRACLE: Motivational Interviewing for Refugee Adaptation, Coping, and Life Enhancement.”

    Dr. Potocky has served on the editorial boards of numerous leading social work journals, has held leadership positions in the Society for Social Work and Research, and has served as a consultant to local, state, national, and international governmental and non-governmental agencies. She has twice received awards for excellence in teaching, received numerous awards for meritorious performance, and received the William R. Jones Outstanding Mentor Award from the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Program. She is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in Social Sciences Higher Education, and Who’s Who in American Education. Dr. Potocky has the distinction of being the first and only woman in the history of Florida International University’s School of Social Work to earn the status of full professor.

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  • Refugee Resettlement

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  • Miriam Potocky


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