Dawn Apgar, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology Anthropology and Social Work
Dr. Apgar joined the faculty at Seton Hall University in 2016 after serving as Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Human Services, the largest department in New Jersey state government with more than one-third of the State workforce (15,000 employees/contracted staff) and an annual budget of more than $18.7 billion. Prior to becoming Deputy Commissioner, Dr. Apgar was an Assistant Professor at Marywood University and the Director of the Developmental Disabilities Planning Institute at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She has extensive direct practice, policy, and management experience in the social work field.
Dr. Apgar also writes and does research on social work licensure and has served as chairperson of the New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiners. Many of her publications are used by states across the country to assist social workers with passing the licensure examinations.
She is a past President of the New Jersey Chapter of NASW and has been on its National Board of Directors. In 2014, the Chapter presented her with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
- Ph.D. in Social Work - Rutgers University
- Masters Degree in Social Work - Rutgers University
- Bachelors Degree in Psychology - Bucknell University
Academic Distinctions and Scholarship: Books
Apgar, D. (2017). Social Work ASWB Bachelors Practice Test: 170 Questions to Identify Knowledge Gaps. New York: Springer Publishing
Apgar, D. (2016). Social Work ASWB Advanced Generalist Exam Guide: A Comprehensive Study Guide for Success. New York: Springer Publishing.
Apgar, D. (2016). Social Work ASWB Bachelors Exam Guide: A Comprehensive Study Guide for Success. New York: Springer Publishing.
Apgar, D. (2015). Social Work ASWB Masters Exam Guide: A Comprehensive Study Guide for Success. New York: Springer Publishing.
Apgar, D. (2015). Social Work ASWB Clinical Exam Guide: A Comprehensive Study Guide for Success. New York: Springer Publishing.
Apgar, D. and Congress, E. (2005). “Ethical Beliefs of Social Work Researchers: Results of a National Study.” Journal of Social Service Research, 32(2), 61-80.
Apgar, D. and Congress, E. (2005). “Authorship Credit: A National Study of Social Work Educators’ Beliefs.” Journal of Social Work Education, 41(1), 101-112.
Lerman, P., Apgar, D., and Jordan, T. (2005). “Longitudinal Changes in Adaptive Behaviors of “Movers” and “Stayers”: Findings of a Controlled Research Design.” Mental Retardation, 43(1), 25-42.
Lerman, P., Apgar, D., and Jordan, T. (2003). “Deinstitutionalization and Mortality: Findings of a Controlled Research Design in New Jersey.” Mental Retardation, 41(4), 225-236.
Apgar, D. (2000). “Providing Mental Health Services at What Price? Ethical Issues and Dilemmas for Social Workers Practicing in a Managed Care Environment.” Critical Strategies: Psychotherapy in Managed Care, 1(1), 87-104.