Karli Efron, LCSW
Karli Efron, LCSWAssistant Professor and Field Coordinator
MSW, University of Southern Maine
BA, Colby College

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422 Alfond Hall  |  kefron@sjcme.edu  |  207-893-7947

Karli has lived in Maine since 1999. She began her social work career in a group home for teenagers transitioning out of the juvenile justice system and has since worked with the Alzheimer's Association, Maine Medical Center, and the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine.

She has worked as a director at the Michael Klahr Jewish Family Services; worked with families and individuals in need of resources, support, and advocacy. She opened the first diaper bank in the state of Maine registered with the National Diaper Bank Network and worked with Maine state legislators in drafting bills to end the luxury tax on menstrual supplies and diapers.

She lives in Portland with her husband, two daughters, and two rescue cats. In her spare time she enjoys visiting every state park in Maine, cooking, and reading Stephen King novels.


2023, Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award

Recently Presentations

US Conference on Poverty and Basic Needs

Innovative Pedagogical Methods

Students must understand the connection between the macro and the micro. Every class begins with a discussion of current events and how those events and will have direct impact on a social worker's interaction with their client. These include international events, federal/state legislation, and local town councils.

Unique Academic Studies with Students

National Diaper Bank Network Economic Impact Study (2021/2022, data collection with students in SW 330 and SW 332)


Eldridge, Caitlin, Efron, Karli, "Supporting the next Generation of Social Workers," National Association of Social Workers Maine Chapter, February 2, 2023