Mark McManus, Ph.D., MSSW

Mark McManus, Ph.D., MSSW

Title: Wayne MSW Coordinator
Dept/Program: School of Social Work and Family Sciences
Office: Wayne C134
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, and worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor from 2014 to 2020. 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


    • 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
    • B.S. in Sociology/B.S.W. Montana State University


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