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College of Social Work

Faculty and Staff

Daniel Freedman, Ph.D., MSW, LISW-CP

Title: Clinical Assistant Professor
BSW Program Coordinator
College of Social Work
Phone: 803-777-7939
Office: Hamilton 105
Resources: Curriculum Vitae
Daniel Freedman


Professor Daniel Freedman joined the faculty of the College of Social Work in 2014, where he also serves as the BSW Program Coordinator. In 2015, Freedman was named the BSW Educator of the Year in the College of Social Work. Prior to joining the University of South Carolina, Freedman was the interim MSW Program Coordinator and Lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Department of Social Work.

Freedman’s research interests are quantitatively exploring, describing and explaining the roles of meaning and spirituality on mental health and substance use disorder recovery. In his 2012 article in Federal Probation Journal, he examined the association between recidivism and registration failures to determine static risk factors for predicting recidivism. He is also committed to understanding and improving practice behavior competencies among BSW and MSW students. Freedman authored the chapter, Critically Consuming Evaluations, in Social Work Evaluation, 2nd Edition (Oxford University Press, 2013). The book is a guide to conducting evaluations during the planning, implementation and outcome stages of programs and practices.  

Freedman worked professionally as a psychotherapist, outpatient therapist and family treatment coordinator in North Carolina and Ohio. Some of his responsibilities included, providing treatment to patients in chemical dependency and mental health programs, presented recovery-oriented lectures in group psychoeducational formats, and developed collaborative relationships with primary care physicians and community services. 

At USC, Freedman is co-chair of the General Social Sciences sub-committee and advisor for the Save the Children Action Network Club. He is a board member for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and is the South Carolina central unit representative. In addition, Freedman serves on the board of the Social Work Educational Assessment Project, which is responsible for developing, maintaining and improving instruments for assessing BSW and MSW curriculum, field education, alumni, employment, and entrance and exit surveys.

Freedman received his MSW, with a concentration in mental health, and Ph.D. from Ohio State University.