Social Work Department

Mark Primus


  • B.A Sociology, Roberts Wesleyan College
  • M.S.W., Syracuse University
  • Ph.D. candidate, ABD, Syracuse University


Mark has worked with children and families for the past 20 years. He has provided counseling services for Hillside Family of Agencies, Rochester City School District, Strong Memorial Hospital, Urban League of Rochester, Center for Youth Services, and the Rochester Police Department. He was also a private consultant to the Department of Probation's Juvenile Unit and is currently a consultant for Kenyon International Emergency Services.

His research interests include Caribbean parenting practices, father-child bonding/relationships, paternal identity, and childhood development within a cultural context. Mark served as an adjunct instructor since 2004 at Nazareth College, teaching in both the BSW program and the GRC MSW program. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Syracuse University in the Department of Human Development and Family Science.

Contact Information

Mark A. Primus

Mark A. Primus

Clinical Assistant Professor in Social Work
Smyth Hall 381B
Professor Primus with UWI Chapel in the background — in Port Royal, Jamaic

Mark Primus leads service-learning trip to Jamaica

For students who went on Nazareth’s service-learning trip to Jamaica, the most powerful experience was working with bedridden children in hospitals. “They intended to help the children do their homework,” notes Mark Primus. “But often the children just wanted to ask questions—‘Where are you from? Why are you here?’ Our students had to engage, and it was very moving for them.”