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John W. Ridings, Ph.D.

IRB Chair

John W. Ridings

Areas of Interest & Approaches to Practice

Concept Mapping; Program Evaluation; Elder Abuse and Neglect; At Risk Youth; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy


  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • A.M., University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • B.A., Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL


  • L.C.S.W., Illinois

Courses Taught at ICSW

  • RM 741: Dissertation Seminar I
  • RM 742: Dissertation Seminar II
  • RM 621: Quantitative Methods
  • RM 632: Qualitative Methods
  • CCP 571: Research Process and Techniques

Additional Faculty Roles

  • Research Advising

Awards & Honors

  • Summer Training on Aging Research Topics—Mental Health (SMART—MH) Fellowship, 2003
  • Harriet Stuff Sociology Scholarship, Western Illinois University, 1998

Professional Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Evaluation Association, Member
  • Concept Systems Research Association, Member
  • Journal of Community Mental Health, Ad Hoc Peer Reviewer

Significant Publications

  • Ridings, John. (2015). The development of a concept map for understanding spiritual integration in evangelically based social service organizations. Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought. doi:10.1080/15426432.2015.1009231
  • Ridings, J. Piedra, L., Capeles, J., Rodriguez, R., Frier, F., & Byoung, S. (2011). Using concept mapping to identify culturally relevant strategies for the development of a Latino youth program. Journal of Social Service Research, 37(1), 34-49.
  • Cotton, C. & Ridings, J. (2011). Getting out/Getting in: The DSM, political activism, and the social construction of mental disorders. Journal of Social Work in Mental Health, 9(3), 181-205.
  • Conrad, K., Ridings, J., Iris, M., Fairman, K., Anetzberger, G., & Rosen, A. (2011). Conceptual model and map of financial exploitation of older adults. Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, 23(3).
  • Iris, M., Ridings, J., Conrad, K. (2010). The development of a conceptual framework of understanding elder self-neglect. The Gerontologist, 50(3), 303-315.
  • Ridings, J., Powell, D., Johnson, J., Pullie, C., Jones, C., Jones, R., & Terrell, K. (2008). Using concept mapping to advance community building: The African American Initiative at Roseland. Journal of Community Practice, 16(1), 39-62.
  • Rosas, S.R., & Ridings, J.W. (2016). The use of concept mapping in measurement development and evaluation: Application and future directions. Evaluation and Program Planning. Available online:


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