Mark McManus, Ph.D., MSSW

Mark McManus, Ph.D., MSSW

Title: Visiting Assistant Professor
Dept/Program: School of Social Work
Office: 408, Polsky Bldg.
Phone: 330-972-5213
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Dr. Mark McManus joined the faculty in the School of Social Work as a Senior lecturer in 2010. In 2014, he became a Visiting Assistant Professor. He has served as the Adviser for the Masters Social Work Student Organization. His current research interests are on social inclusion on the college campus and social relationships of individuals with intellectual disabilities. He was an invited participant in the National Goals in Research, Practice, and Policy working meeting in the domain of Social Inclusion in August, 2015. He was selected as the President of the Social Work Division of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in 2016.

Prior to his work at the University of Akron, Dr. McManus practiced social work in Alaska with individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. He was based in Anchorage and traveled throughout the state working with Native Alaskans in remote villages. He then completed his Masters and PhD at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. There he worked to develop an online course in developmental disabilities in the School of Social Work. He also consulted with the Wisconsin Bureau of Developmental Disabilities, and the Wisconsin Council on Developmental Disabilities. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Wisconsin.


  • Developmental disabilities
  • Social networks
  • Telemedicine
  • Quality of life
  • Qualitative research


  • McManus, M. D. (Nov, 2016). Talk less and listen more: Increase friendships and social inclusion. Platform presentation at the Autism Summit of the Autism Society of Greater Akron, Fairlawn, OH.
  • McManus, M. D. (Nov, 2016). Realistic friendships of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Poster presentation at the Ohio National Association of Social Workers, Columbus, OH.
  • McManus, M.D. (June, 2016). Self-advocates link with social workers to build social inclusion. Poster presentation at the 140th annual meeting of the American Association on Intellectual Developmental Disabilities, Atlanta, GA.
  • McManus, M.D. (Nov, 2015). The next frontier in social inclusion goals: Supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Poster presentation at the Ohio National Association of Social Workers, Columbus, OH.
  • McManus, M.D. (Oct, 2015). Innovative approaches to postsecondary education for students with an intellectual disability. Discussion group at the 61st Annual Council on Social Work Education, Denver, CO.
  • McManus, M. D. (June, 2015). Social relationships of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Panel presentation at the 139th annual meeting of the American Association on Intellectual Developmental Disabilities. Louisvillen, KY.
  • McManus, M. D. (Nov, 2014). Telemedicine with individuals with developmental disabilities. Poster for the Ohio National association of Social Workers annual Meeting, Columbus, OH.
  • McManus, M. D. (2012 & 2013). Ethical, legal, and advocacy issues related to developmental behavioral disorders. Invited Guest Lecturer, Resident and Fellowship Training Seminar, Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron, OH.



  • Bogenschutz, M., Amado, A., Smith, C. Carter, E., Copeland, M, Dattillo, J., Gaventa, B.,Hall, S., McManus, M., Quraishi, S., Romer, L., & Walker, P.  (2015). National research goals for social inclusion of people with IDD. Inclusion, 3(4), 211-218. doi: 10.1352/2326-6988-3.4.211.
  • Langkamp, D. L., McManus, M. D., & Blakemore, S. D. (2015). Telemedicine for children with developmental disabilities: A more effective clinical process than office-based care. Telemedicine and e-Health, 21(2), Manuscript ID TMJ-2013-0379.
  • Wenger, O. K., McManus, M. D., Bower, J. R., & Langkamp, D. L. (2011). Barriers to Immunization in the Amish of Northeast Ohio: A Separatist Community Shares Concerns of Broader American Society. Pediatrics, 128, 79-85.
  • Owings, N. O., McManus, M. D, & Scherer, N. (1981). A deinstitutionalized retarded adult's use of communication functions in a natural setting. The British Journal of Disorders of Communication, 16(2), 119-128.
  • Owings, N. O., & McManus, M. D. (1980). An analysis of communication functions in the speech of a deinstitutionalized adult mentally retarded client. Mental Retardation, 18(6), 309-314.


  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.S.S.W., University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Bachelor of Science in Sociology/B.S.W. Montana State University


  • Fundamentals of Research I and II
  • Program Evaluation
  • Social Work Practice III
  • Social Work and Social Welfare: Issues in Developmental Disabilities