Department of Family Studies and Community Development

Faculty and Staff

Karen Goldrich Eskow, Ph.D., LCPC, OTR/L

Graduate Program Director

Office:   College of Liberal Arts Building, Suite 2210
Phone:   410-704-5851
Fax:   410-704-3612

Karen Goldrich Eskow, Ph.D.

Education and Certifications

Ph.D.: Social Work, University of Maryland
M.A.: Clinical Psychology, Towson University
B.S.: Occupational Therapy, University of Pennsylvania

National Certified Counselor
National Council on Family Relations Certified Family Life Educator


Licensed Graduate Social Worker
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Licensed Occupational Therapist

Courses Taught

FMST 601 Applied Family Relationships
FMST 610 Family Professional Collaboration
FMST 620 Project in Family Focused Program Development

OCTH 781 Graduate Seminar in Occupational Therapy

OCTH 880 Graduate Project in Occupational Therapy

Areas of Professional Interest

  • Family quality of life for families with children with special needs
  • Family-Professional Collaboration

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Recent Book Chapters
Eskow, K.G. and Merryman, M.B. (2010) Health promotion for families.  In M.E. Scaffa; S.M. Reitz; M. Pizzi (Eds.) Occupational Therapy in the promotion of health and wellness. F.A. Davis Company.

Recent Journal Publications
Eskow, K.G., Summers, J.A., and Pineles, L. (Under Review) Exploring the Effect of Autism Waiver Services on Family Outcomes. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities.

Bartels, S. and Eskow, K. (Under Review) Training School Professionals to Engage Families: A Pilot University/State Department of Education Partnership. The School Community Journal.

Buchbinder, S., Alt, P., Eskow, K., Forbes, W., Hester, E., Struck, M., Taylor, D. (2005) "Creating Learning Prisms with an Interdisciplinary Case Study Workshop" has been accepted for publication in Innovative Higher Education, Vol 29, No 4.

Eskow, K.G. and Fisher, S. (2003). Getting together in college: An inclusion program for young adults with disabilities. Teaching Exceptional Children. 36 (3), 26 – 32.

Flanagan, J.E., Brockmeyer-Stubbs, K., Eskow, K.G. (2003). Functional performance and family quality of life of adolescents with Spina Bifida (Abstract). European Journal of Pediatric Surgery. S1-13, S52.

Recent Presentations
Williams and Eskow (November, 2008) Balancing Science, Practice, and Liberal Arts: Issues for Academic Programs (paper). National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Little Rock, Arkansas. - Accepted

Merryman and Eskow (October 2008), Action Research:  A Bridge to Inform Practice. Society for the Study of Occupation Annual Conference (paper). - Accepted

Bartels & Eskow (2008) Effective In-service Training to Foster Family Professional Collaboration. National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention (accepted but could not present)

Eskow & Bartels (December 2007) Training Educators to Foster Parent Engagement in Schools (2 hour session). National Staff Development Annual Conference, Dallas Texas, Monday December 3, 2007.

Eskow & Bartels (October 2007) Family-Professional Collaboration (2 hour session). Council of Educational Administrative and Supervisory Organizations of Maryland (CEASOM) Fall Invitational Conference.

Oravecz, L. & Eskow, K. (November 9, 2006) Preparing undergraduates as family life educators: A senior capstone course. Poster: National Council on Family Relations, Minneapolis, MN. (Unable to attend)

Bartels, S. & Eskow, K. (May 2006). Effective Collaboration for Parent Involvement. Ninth Annual Family Involvement Conference, College Park, MD.

Bartels, S. & Eskow, K. (March 2006). Family-Professional Collaboration: Building One Family At A Time.  National Youth At Risk Conference, Savannah, GA.







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