Michael Forster, Ph.D.


Michael Forster is a professor of social work at the University of Southern Mississippi.

From 2008 to 2016 he served as the Dean of the USM College of Health, and from 2000 – 2008 he served as Director of the USM School of Social Work.

Before joining the USM faculty in 1994, he served for fourteen years as a direct service social worker, supervisor and administrator in Chicago child welfare organizations.  With Tim Rehner, Forster is co-founder of the Family Network Partnership, a community-based youth and family service agency on the east side of Hattiesburg, Mississippi.  He is author or co-author of more than sixty academic publications over the past twenty years, and has served as co-Principal Investigator on more than $15 million in externally-funded grants and contracts.  He currently serves on the Leadership Council of Youth Villages Mississippi, and on the advisory board of UCAN, Chicago’s largest child welfare agency. 


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