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Mark A. Mattaini

Associate Professor
BA, University of Minnesota
MSW, University of Utah
DSW, Columbia University

Email: mattaini@ uic.edu
homepage: http://home.earthlink.net/~mattaini
Phone: (312) 996-0040 
Room: 4541, EPASW

Mark A. Mattaini

Professional Interests 

  • Youth violence prevention  
  • Collective violence  
  • Nonviolent social action  
  • Circles and conferencing   


  • Community Health and Urban Development Practice 3
  • Community Health and Urban Development Practice 4
  • Social Work Practice 1
  • Social Work Practice 2
  • Social Work with Groups
  • Social Justice Scholarship
  • Social Welfare History


Practice Experience

Five years full-time pre-masters, 7 years full-time and 20 years part-time post-masters, as follows:

1998 - Present, group, organizational, and community practice in conjunction with PEACE POWER! strategy, nationally and internationally (service).

1993 - 1998, Chair and Clinical Supervisor, Walden Fellowship, Inc., New York , New York. (pro bono clinical work, clinical supervision and community practice through this behavioral non-profit organization).

1984 - 1986, 1990-1993, Private personal, organizational and community consulting practice, Alaska and New York City (averaging 5% FTE).

1982 - 1985, Tanana Chiefs Conference, Fairbanks, Alaska: Director of Mental Health Programs, 1983-1985; Program Director, Yukon/Tanana Mental Health Center, 1982-1983.

1980 - 1982, Program Director, Autism Teaching Center for Adolescents, Department of Social Services, State of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.

1978 - 1980, Primary Counselor and Training Coordinator, Project Reality, Salt Lake City, Utah . (Drug Abuse Treatment)

1977 - 1979, Research Specialist, Salt Lake County Social Services, Salt Lake City, Utah.

1977 - 1978, Student Field Placement, Salt Lake County Detention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah.

1976 - 1977, Student Field Placement, Salt Lake County Youth Services, Salt Lake City, Utah.

1972 - 1976, Bethel Group Home, Bethel, Alaska: Director, 1973-1976, Program Director, 1972-1973.

971 - 1972, Child Care Worker, Home of the Good Shepherd, Spokane, Washington.

Selected Recent Publications

Mattaini, M. A. (book under development). The Science of Satyagraha: Strategic Nonviolent Power.

Atkinson, K., & Mattaini, M. A. (article under review). Constructive noncooperation as resistance.

Mattaini, M. A. (E-Book, 2008-2011). PEACE POWER: Tools for cultures of nonviolence.(www.peacepower.info)

Mattaini, M. A., & Atkinson, K. (2011). Constructive noncooperation: Living in truth. Peace and Conflict Studies, 18(1), 3-43.

Mattaini, M. A. (2010). Cultural Analysis and Social Change in Medellin. Behavior and Social Issues, 19, 1-5.

Mattaini, M. A. (2008). Licensing behavior analysts. Behavior and Social Issues, 17, 115-118.

Mattaini, M. A. (2007). The problem with evidence-based practice. Behavior and Social Issues, 16, 109-110.

Mattaini, M. A., & Lowery, C. T. (Eds.) (2007). Foundations of social work practice: A graduate text (4th ed.). Washington, DC : NASW Press.

Mattaini, M. A. (2007). Technical language in cultural analysis. Behavior and Social Issues, 16, 1-4.

Mattaini, M. A., & Strickland, J. (2006). Understanding and reducing collective violence: A scientific strategy. International Journal of Psychology, 41,500-513.

Mattaini, M. A. (2006). Editorial: Mental health and cultural analysis. Behavior and Social Issues, 15, 129-131.

Mattaini, M. A., & McGuire, M. S. (2006). Behavioral strategies for constructing nonviolent cultures with youth: A review. Behavior Modification, 30, 184-224.

Mattaini, M. A. (2006). Editorial: Human rights, pragmatic solidarity, and behavior science. Behavior and Social Issues, 15, 1-4.

Affiliations, Associations & Consultations 

Supporting Member and Senior Program Chair, Association for Behavior Analysis: International.

Founding Member and Founding Board Member, Society for Social Work and Research.

Affiliated Investigator, University of Illinois at Chicago Interdisciplinary Center for Research on Violence

Member, Council on Social Work Education.

Member, Association for Community Organization and Social Administration.

Member, National Association of Social Workers.

Trustee, Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Consultant, Instituto de Educacao Superior de Brasilia, UNESCO

Consultant, Colombian National Police

Consultant, Illinois Center for Violence Prevention, Chicago , IL.

Editorial Reviews

  • Editor, Behavior and Social Issues
  • Consulting Editor, Children and Schools
  • Consulting Editor, Families in Society
  • Consulting Editor, Journal of Community Practice