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Claudia Harding, LCSW-C, BCD

Claudia Harding, LCSW-C

Director of Behavior Science and Community Medicine

Claudia Harding has been working in the field of mental health for over 15 years, with a concentrated focus on systems theory and the impact on health and behavior. Ms. Harding has been in private practice for seven years and has also worked extensively with community health centers as a medical social worker, mental health provider, and as a staff trainer and educator. 

Ms. Harding joined the faculty at MedStar Franklin Square in October 2009 and had developed a curriculum which includes health behavior change, mental health assessment and treatment planning, chronic pain management, and resident development. In the 2012 - 2013 residency year, Ms. Harding implemented a home-visit program to reduce hospitalizations and a behavior health clinic to manage the mental health needs of Family Health Center pediatric and adult patients and to provide an experiential learning experience for our residents.

Additionally, Ms. Harding oversees the community medicine curriculum which exposes residents to various community resources and connects them with opportunities to provide medical and advocacy services.

Scholarly Activity

  • Anxiety Disorder Assessment and Treatment in Primary Care" Maryland Academy of Family Physicians 2013 Annual CME Association, Ocean City, June 2013
  • Chronic Non-Cancer Pain:  Training the Trainers, Emily Richie, MD, Claudia Harding, LCSW-C, Jessica Stinnette, MD, STFM  Annual Spring Conference, May 2013
  • MedStar Health Teaching Scholars Capstone Presenter: "The Power of the Home Visit: Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Geriatric Patients and Improving Resident Education" January 2013
  • Harding, C. MSW, BCD and Shikha Deva, M.D “Integrating Mental Health into Primary Care: A Resident Run Behavior Health Clinic.” FMEC Northeast Regional Conference. Cleveland, Ohio. Sept 2012
  • "Ombudsmen: Residency Collaboration with Baltimore County Department of Aging" FMEC Northeast Regional Conference, October 2011
  • "Managing Depression - A guide for Individuals and Families" .US Army Test and Evaluation Command Health Fair, November 2011

Professional Activities

  • MedStar Health Research Institute Institutional Review Board, July 2012-June 2013.
  • University of Maryland School of Social Work Field Instructor 2009 –Present
  • Society of Teachers in Family Medicine 2009 - Present.
  • Family Medicine Education Consortium 2009 –Present
  • National Association of Social Workers 2005 – Present

Awards & Honors

  • AAMC Medical Education Research Certificate 2013
  • Faculty Excellence Award, Med Star Franklin Square Family Medicine Residency 2012
  • American Board of Social Work Examiners - Board Certified Diplomat 2011
  • Social Work Community Outreach Service Award, University of Maryland 2001