Creating Promising Futures Through Social Construction
University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Work
3701 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214
Phone: 215-898-5529, fax: 215-573-2099
Roberta Rehner Iversen, Ph.D., LSW, known to most as "Bobbie," is an associate professor of social work and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work. She recently completed a grant-funded five-year ethnographic research project in which she reported the findings in the form of extensive narratives that she called "family stories." The narratives were constructed from multiple voices and have resulted in major workforce and welfare policy and program changes for low-income families across America. After she finishes a book on this project, tentatively entitled Jobs Aren't Enough: Low-Income Families and Economic Mobility, to be published by Temple University Press, she plans a book on the social construction of work. Bobbie has given presentations at several Taos Institute/ Houston-Galveston Institute conferences in recent years, one with Ken Gergen of the Taos Institute and Stan Witkin, Professor of Social Work, University of Vermont.