Stephen Erich

Stephen"Arch" C. Erich, Ph.D.

Professor of Social Work,
College of Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3388
Office: Bayou Bldg. 2617.08


Stephen “Arch” Erich, L.C.S.W., Ph.D., is currently professor and program director of the Bachelor of Social Work program at UHCL. His research, practice, and advocacy interests fall under the umbrella of strengthening diverse family structures.

With over 30 years of social work experience, he has worked with many different types of families including those who have children with developmental challenges as well as those who have adopted children with special needs. Dr. Erich has published 30+ scholarly articles and coauthored an academic text entitled "Skills for Group Practice: Responding to Diversity."

His research and advocacy have centered on two primary themes: adoptive families; especially those with lesbian and gay parents and transgender persons and their families. Dr. Erich has served as a consulting editor and reviewer for several academic journals and served as the Quest Editor for a special double issue of the journal Adoption Quarterly dedicated to the topic of lesbian and gay issues in adoption.

In 2013, Dr. Erich was named Social Worker of the Year for the Houston Area by the Houston Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.