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John Bricout

Professor; Director, School of Social Work

Ph.D., Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University
M.S.W., Social Work, University at Buffalo
M.A., Psychology, Boston University
B.A., History and French, Brown University

Post-doctoral Fellowship. Adv. Rehabilitation Research Training Fellowship VCU Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

School of Social Work
1401 Gortner Ave
105C Peters Hall

Tel: 612-624-3673

Areas of Interest

Social technologies and the engagement of people with disabilities, disability and employment, technology and social work ethics, interdisciplinary team building, rehabilitation science, workforce development, international social work


John Bricout is director and professor at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities School of Social Work. Previously, he was a professor at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) School of Social Work (2010-2017) and served as associate dean for research from 2010-2016. Prior to that (2007-2010) he served as associate director for research and coordinator of the social work track in the Ph.D. program in public affairs at the University of Central Florida School of Social Work. From 1999-2007 he was a faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis in social work with a joint appointment in occupational therapy. He has a current research project investigating the engagement of people with disabilities who use wheelchair-mounted robotic arms to participate in a human-robot learning network. This project is in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary teams from the University of Central Florida and UTA. He also has a research project examining models for socially assistive robots as temporary (respite) caregivers for people with developmental disabilities and their aging parents. This is in collaboration with multi-disciplinary teams from Georgia Institute of Technology and UTA.  He had taught courses on research, program evaluation, diversity, ethics, community work, and human behavior. Professor Bricout has a strong interest in international work, having served as a Fulbright Specialist in the Republic of Georgia and written scholarly publications on comparative disability policies across countries. His research focuses chiefly on social technologies and the community participation of people with disabilities. In particular his work focuses on, online community participation, user engagement, and the ethical design of socially assistive robotics for extending the capabilities and opportunities of people with disabilities. 

Selected Publications

  1. Bricout, J.C., Sharma, B., Baker, P.M.A., Behal, A., & Bolini, L. (2017). Learning futures with mixed sentience. Futures Journal, 87, 91-105.

  2. Baker, P.M.A., Bricout, J.C., Moon, N.W., Coughlan, B. & Pater, J. (2013). Communities of participation: A comparison of disability and aging identified groups on Facebook and LinkedIn. Telemetrics and Informatics, 30, 22-34.

  3. Bricout, J.C., Agiro, A. & Casiano, A. (2012) Systematic considerations for addressing ‘online dead zones’ impeding the social engagement of persons with a disability: policy and practice implications. In P. Baker, J. Hanson & J. Hunsinger (Eds.). The unconnected: Social justice participation, and engagement in the information society, pp.41-51. New York: Peter Lang Publishing Group.

  4. Kim, D.J., Hazlett, R., Godfrey, H., Rucks, G., Cunningham, T., Portee, D., Bricout, J., Wang, Z.& Behal, A (2012). On the relationship between autonomy, performance, and satisfaction: Lessons from a three-week user study with post-SCI patients using a Smart 6DOF assistive robotic manipulator. IEEE Transactions on  Systems Man & Cybernetics, Part A: Aerospace Engineering, 42(1), 2-14.

  5. Makharadze, T., Kitiashvili, A., & Bricout, J.C. (2010). Community based day-care services for people with intellectual disabilities in Georgia: a step forward toward their social integration. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 14(4), 289-301.

  6. Bricout, J.C., & Baker, P.M.A. (2010) Deploying information and communication technologies (ICT) to enhance participation in local governance for citizens with disabilities. International Journal of Information and Communication Technologies and Human Development, 2(2)34-51.

  7. Bricout, J.C. (2006). Expanding the scope of the ICF to inform policies and programs for workers with a psychiatric disability. Journal of Social Policy and Social Work, 10, 5-22. 

  8. Bricout, J.C., & Gray, D.B. (2006). Community receptivity: The ecology of disabled persons’ participation in the physical, political and social environments. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, 8(1), 1-21.

  9. Guo, B., Bricout, J.C., & Huang, J. (2005). A common open space or a digital divide? A social model perspective on the online disability community in China. Disability & Society, 20(1), 49-66. 

  10. Bricout, J.C. (2003). Partnering with the 21st Century workplace: leveraging workplace ecology. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, 21, 45-56.

  11. Bricout, J.C. (2003). Has the Americans with Disabilities Act gone too far? No. In H. Karger, J. Midgley, & B. Brown (Eds.), Controversial Issues in Social Policy, Second Edition, (pp. 150-160).  Boston: Allyn   and Bacon Publishers.