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College of Social Work

Faculty and Staff

Maryah Fram, Ph.D., MSW

Title: Associate Professor / Ph.D. Program Coordinator
College of Social Work
Phone: 803-777-5945
Office: Hamilton 328
Resources: Curriculum Vitae

Research Expertise

  • Nutrition

  • Child hunger

  • Food insecurity


Professor Maryah Fram joined the faculty of the College of Social Work in 2003 as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 2009. She was named College of Social Work Educator of the Year in 2014 and 2015 and currently serves as the faculty advisor for the Phi Alpha National Honor Society for Social Work. Since 2009, Fram has been an Affiliated Scholar for the Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities for the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health.

Fram’s publications focus on nutrition, child hunger and food security and insecurity. She has published journal articles on topics including, the potential benefits and harms of the school-based backpack program in response to child hunger, how low food security in the United States is predicted by complex patterns of health, economics and service participation and household food insecurity and lifetime racial discrimination among African-American households in South Carolina. Her publications have been featured in scholarly journals, such as Advances in Nutrition, The Journal of Nutrition and Ethnicity & Health.     

Fram is an anti-hunger panellist for the Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center. She is also an editorial contact for the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations and consulting editor for Social Work Research and Child and Family Social Work journals. Previously, she was a workgroup member of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) Global Food Security in 2016. 

Fram received her MSW and Ph.D. from the University of Washington School of Social Work.

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