FIU Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work

Florida International University - Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work
Florida International University - Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work
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Miriam Potocky, M.S.W., Ph.D.

  • Title: Professor
  • E-mail: potockym@fiu.edu
  • Phone: 305-348-6324
  • Office: AHC5 568

Dr. Miriam Potocky is an internationally-recognized expert on refugee resettlement. She has authored over 50 publications, including the ground-breaking Best Practices for Social Work with Refugees and Immigrants (Columbia University Press). Dr. Potocky’s work on refugees has been funded by the Florida Department of Children and Families, the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, the International Rescue Committee, and the Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services.  She is currently the principal investigator for “Project MIRACLE: Motivational Interviewing for Refugee Adaptation, Coping, and Life Enhancement,” funded by The Lois and Samuel Silberman Fund. Dr. Potocky teaches courses on social work with immigrants and refugees, social work with diverse populations, research methodology, practice evaluation, and quantitative data analysis. Among numerous awards and honors, Dr. Potocky has the distinction of being the first and only woman in the history of the FIU School of Social Work to earn the status of full professor. 

Research Areas

  • Refugee resettlement in the U.S.
  • Refugee economic integration
  • Case management with refugees and survivors of torture 
  • Motivational interviewing with refugees