North Central College - Naperville, IL

Wayne Duehn

Class Year: 
1961

Wall of Witness Award Winner 2012

Dr. Wayne Duehn ’61, Ph.D., has focused his career on advocating for the health of families and the prevention of child abuse. Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work, Wayne developed a child abuse prevention program for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools, which has been implemented across the globe, and has conducted training seminars for medical personnel serving in the Air Force, Navy and Army in the United States and abroad.

Throughout his career, Wayne has been a lecturer, trainer and consultant for such organizations as The Casey Family Programs, National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (CASA), Big Brothers/Big Sisters Association and National Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers. 

After joining the University of Texas faculty in 1970, Wayne developed one of the first research-oriented, evidence-based practice curriculums in graduate social work education. He continues to be engaged in clinical research on sexually abusive parents and juvenile sex offenders and is a recognized authority and educator in the treatment of sexually abusive families. Wayne is also a published author and presenter at international conferences. He is a co-founder of Praesidium, Inc., an abuse risk management firm for organizations.

At North Central, Wayne majored in psychology and sociology and went on to earn his master’s degree in social work from Loyola University, followed by a doctorate in psychology and social work from Washington University in St. Louis. He was a research associate at the Masters and Johnson Institute in St. Louis and completed postdoctoral work at the University of Hawaii.

Wayne and his wife Barbara Mark ’61 Duehn live in Arlington, TX. 


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