Mark McManus, Ph.D., MSSW

Mark McManus, Ph.D., MSSW

Title: Wayne MSW Coordinator
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, 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


  • McManus, M.D. (March, 2018). Community Building. CEU seminar. School of Social Work, Akron, OH.

  • McManus, M.D., Zhoa, B., & Schulze, P.  (Dec, 2017). Presenting travel experiences to four universities in China.  Brown bag seminar, School of Social Work and Center for Family Studies, University of Akron, Akron, OH.

  • McManus, M.D. (Nov, 2017). Social inclusion: Where are all the people with developmental disabilities?  Poster presentation at the Ohio National Association of Social Workers, Columbus, OH.

  • McManus, M.D.  (Oct, 2017). Community building with people with developmental disabilities in the United States, Henan University, School of Education, Kaifeng, China.

  • McManus, M.D.  (Oct, 2017). Community integration- The next step- social inclusion.  US-China Social Work Education Workshop, Zhejiang University of Financial & Economic Social Work Department, Hangzhou, China. 

  • McManus, M.D.  (Oct, 2017). Social work education at the University of Akron. US-China Social Work Education Workshop, Zhejiang University of Financial & Economic Social Work Department, Hangzhou, China. 

  • McManus, M.D.  (March, 2017) Community building with individuals with intellectual and development disabilities.  Ardmore Inc. staff retreat, Peninsula, OH.

  • McManus, M.D. (March, 2017). Issues in developmental disabilities. Continuing education seminar. School of Social Work, 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
  • B.S. in Sociology/B.S.W. Montana State University


  • 7750:622 Fundamentals of Research I
  • 7750:623 Fundamentals of Research II
  • 7750:675 Program Evaluation
  • 7750:403 Social Work Practice III
  • 7750:480/693 Social Work and Social Welfare: Issues in Developmental Disabilities