Name:  Duane R. Neff
Title:  Associate Professor
Education:  Ph.D., Brandeis University
M.S.W., Arizona State University
B.S., Arizona State University 
Office:  136-B Bancroft Hall   
Phone:  803/323-2342
Area(s):  Community needs assessment; program development and evaluation; underage drinking and other problem drinking; social problems theory; policy analysis; the history and development of the welfare state; and social work administration.



College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty & Staff Profiles

Duane R. Neff is an associate professor who joined the Department of Social Work at Winthrop University in the fall of 2013. He received his PhD in social policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, an MSW and BS in political science from Arizona State University. His work focuses on assessing and addressing community needs through organizational capacity and evidence-based interventions. His research focuses on understanding social problems in context with an aim towards developing appropriate programmatic and public policy responses. He currently serves as a Co-Principal Investigator for research and evaluation of the Medication-Assisted Treatment program addressing the opioid crisis in York County funded by the US Bureau of Justice Administration and the SC Department of Drug and Other Drug Abuse Services. Additionally, Dr. Neff is the Principal Investigator for the program evaluation of the Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas grant for Impact York County funded by the Duke Endowment. Lastly, he is a Veteran of the US Army Reserves’ Military Police Corps.