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College of Social Work

Faculty and Staff

Melania Popa-Mabe, Ph.D.

Title: Clinical Assistant Professor
College of Social Work
Phone: 803-777-3906
Office: Hamilton 120
Resources: Curriculum Vitae
Melania Popa-Mabe

Melania Popa-Mabe was promoted to her current title of Clinical Assistant Professor in 2018 after teaching as an adjunct instructor at the College of Social Work since 2015. Some of the courses she taught included, Social Policy Analysis, International Social Work and Social Justice, and Human Behavior and Social Environment. She has also taught social work courses at Winthrop University, Bryn Mawr College and West University of Timisoara in Romania.

Popa-Mabe has previously worked professionally in social work positions throughout the United States and Romania in areas including, international child adoption, foster care, and psychological and behavioral medicine. While working as head of the domestic services department at Bethany Social Services in Timisoara, Romania, she implemented the first foster care pilot program in Western Romania and the first private non-profit domestic adoption program, emulating U.S. models. After the program secured placements for 15 children to 12 families for a year, Popa-Mabe assisted and consulted with child welfare governmental services to develop a public foster families’ program. She also managed trans-border efforts to identify best practices in promoting youth employment in Southeastern Europe.

As project manager for the Behavioral Research Core Facility at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, she conducted individual and group health education sessions to assist cancer patients and families through the diagnosis, treatment and life after treatment. Popa-Mabe also managed five clinical studies in various stages of implementation, including randomized control trials, quasi-experiments and qualitative exploratory studies with a special focus on underserved minorities and health care disparities in cancer prevention and control.

Since 2013, Popa-Mabe has served as a senior community counselor for the America Institute for Foreign Study in Charlotte, N.C. As a senior community counselor for the Au Pair in America International Exchange Program, she offers individual and group supervision, support and training to ensure participants are compliant with the program policies and procedures.

Popa-Mabe received bachelor’s degrees in social work and sociology, and a master’s degree in human resources management from Babes-Bolyai University in Romania. She earned her Ph.D. from the Bryn Mawr College, Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.  

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