Faculty and Staff

Maxine McGregor, is the Associate Instructor in the School of Social Work. She worked in child welfare for 16 years providing children and families assistance from abuse, neglect, abandonment, and crisis situations. For 12 years she worked with the Department of Children and Families gaining experience as an investigator, case manager, and client relations coordinator. She spent four years with the Community Based Care Agency, Family Services of Metro Orlando, as a resource specialist working with staff and the community to provide resources to children and families involved with the system. Ms. McGregor developed a passion for working with domestic violence survivors and was a member of the Orange County Domestic Violence Task Force and Orange County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team for many years. Ms. McGregor started with the University in January 2016 as the Title IV-E Coordinator, where she provided teaching instruction to students interested in child welfare, assisted in placing them within the community agencies, and helped them obtain employment after graduation within the child welfare system. She also served as the School’s Master of Social Work campus-based program director for four years.


  • LMSW, Licensed Master Social Worker, state of Georgia
  • MSW, Master of Social Work, University of Central Florida
  • MS, Master of Science, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Troy University


  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • Florida Institute for Child Welfare
Areas of Specialty
  • child welfare
  • domestic violence
  • Online Education

Research Grants

Social Work

Youth Who Die by Suicide in the Child Welfare System: Improving Suicide Prevention Standards and Efforts for High-Risk Youth

  • PI: Maxine McGregor
  • Amount: $50,000 | Timeframe: 10/01/2023 - 09/01/2024
    Funding Type: Extramural Research
    Funding Agency: Florida Institute for Child Welfare
  • Florida’s child welfare agency struggles with high turnover, heavy caseloads

    Written By: SPECTRUM NEWS 13 - MOLLY DUERIG | August 11, 2022
    Nearly half of all the state’s child protective investigators left their jobs between 2020 and 2021, according to an annual status report published by the Department of Children and Families (DCF)....
  • UCF Awards 137 Faculty With Promotion and Tenure

    Written By: Allison Hurtado ’12 and Joe Adams | June 2, 2022
    Consideration for promotion and tenure takes nearly an entire academic year as faculty are evaluated on three main areas: research, teaching and service. Eighty-nine UCF faculty received promotions and another 48...
  • UCF Social Work Holds Career Fair for Students and Alumni

    Written By: UCF School of Social Work | April 8, 2022
    The UCF School of Social Work held a Career Fair on April 4 to help prepare students for their career after graduation. A wide-range of 25 private, nonprofit, healthcare and...
  • UCF School of Social Work Graduate Program Recognized in National Rankings

    Written By: UCF School of Social Work | March 31, 2022
    The U.S. News & World Report ranked the UCF School of Social Work among the best social work graduate programs in the nation at No. 79 – positioning the School...
  • MSW Fellowship Students Share Their Research

    Written By: UCF School of Social Work | August 4, 2021
    The UCF School of Social Work MSW Traditional Track awarded six new first-year graduate level students with a $10,000 fellowship to assist them with tuition, fees, and other expenses for academic year...
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