Faculty Directory

Faculty Directory

Keith Anderson, PhD

PhD Program Director

Keith Anderson

Research Interests: Emotional and physical well-being of older adults and their caregivers; home and community-based services for older adults; creative interventions to improve qualify of life in later life.

Brittanie Atteberry Ash, PhD, MSW

Assistant Professor

Brittanie Atteberry-Ash

Research Interests: LGBTQ Policy, LGBTQ Campus Climate, LGBTQ Health, Educational Equity (Race, Gender, and Sexuality), Social Work Education, Power, Privilege & Oppression, Intersectionality, Social Justice

Amanda Aykanian, PhD

Assistant Professor

Amanda Aykanian

Research Interests: Social work education, Homeless service systems, Homeless service access and outcomes, Geographic mobility and transportation access,, Program and policy evaluation and Criminalization of homelessness

Karla Arenas-Itotia, MA, MSSW, LMSW

Assistant Professor of Practice

Research Interests: Family, Gender, Race and Ethnicity, Violence Prevention, Trauma, Victim Services, Relationship and Sexual Violence, Higher Education, Student Development and Leadership, Field, Mental Health, Community Education

Philip Baiden, PhD

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Suicide Prevention Research; Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs); Adolescent Substance Use Behaviors; Social Determinants of Health and Mental Health; Barriers to Health Service Utilization; International Social Work Research

Ly-Huong Barrett, JD, LCSW

Assistant Professor of Practice

Research Interests: Health and Mental Health, Risk Management, Professional Ethics, Field, Leadership and Professional Development

Michael Bennett, MSW, RSW

Assistant Professor of Practice

Michael Bennett

Research Interests: Tensions embedded in provision of hospice palliative care; Psilocybin and existential suffering; The benefits of live music performance in community-based hospice settings; The value of wish fulfillment at end-of-life; Sex and intimacy at end of life

Beverly Black, PhD


Beverly Black

Research Interests: Violence, Prevention Programming, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault

LaShaunn Bold, LMSW

Associate Professor of Practice

Research Interests: Child Welfare, Domestic Violence, Victim Services, Community Development, Non-profit management, Volunteer Coordination

Saltanat Childress, PhD, MSW

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Family wellbeing, child wellbeing, parenting, prevention of family violence in global settings; economic empowerment; immigrant and refugee populations

Norman Cobb, PhD

Associate Professor

Norman Cobb

Research Interests: Mental Health Treatment, Cognitive and Behavioral Theory, Decision making, Professional Ethics

Zhen Cong, PhD

Associate Professor

Research Interests: Aging, intergenerational relationships, disasters, China, health disparity, mental health, living arrangement, caregiving, social support, vulnerability, resilience, interdisciplinary research.

Jandel Crutchfield, PhD , LCSW

Assistant Professor

Jandel Crutchfield

Research Interests: School social work in traditional and charter schools, cultural competence of school social workers, colorism and social work practice.

Danielle R. Eugene, PhD, LCSW

Assistant Professor

Danielle Eugene

Research Interests: Social ecology of disadvantaged ethnic minority youth; positive youth/emerging adulthood development; racial disparities and equity in education (K-12); school climate, school connectedness, and student outcomes; school social work practice

Sophia Fantus, PhD

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Reproductive ethics, specializing in LGBTQ advocacy and inclusivity, moral distress, and clinical social work ethics.

Noelle Fields, PhD , LCSW

Associate Professor

Research Interests: Aging in Place, Home and Community-based Services, Family Caregiving, Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia, Assistive Technology, Transportation Equity

Genevieve Graaf, PhD, MSW

Assistant Professor

Genevieve Graaf

Research Interests: Children's Mental Health Policy and Service Systems; Evidence-Based Practice in Community Settings; Implementation Science and Knowledge Translation in Social Work; Medicaid Home and Community-Based Service Policies; Medicaid and disparities in access to care

Kiva Harper, MSSW, LCSW

Associate Professor of Practice

Kiva Harper

Research Interests: Military Social Work, Trauma Therapy (PTSD, Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Assault), Traumatic Grief

Richard Hoefer, PhD


Research Interests: Program Evaluation; Nonprofit Management; Social Policy; Comparative Social Policy; and Nonprofit Advocacy

Darlene Hunter, LMSW, PhD

Assistant Professor of Practice

Darlene Hunter

Research Interests: Disability; Disability and Sports

Pamela Johnson, MSW, LCSW

Associate Professor of Practice

Pamela Johnson

Research Interests: School Social Work, Children and family connections, Parenting, Behavioral Health Integration, Trauma and Impact of experiential learning student populations

Mia M. Kirby, PhD

Assistant Professor of Practice

Mia Kirby

Research Interests: Qualitative Research focused on race, ethnicity, gender, mental health and discrimination. More specifically, examining an intersectional approach to mental health service provider practices.

Catherine LaBrenz, PhD

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Child Welfare; Reunification; Permanence; Family Engagement

Kathy Lee, PhD, MSW

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Health and well-being of older adults with cognitive impairment, non-pharmacological interventions, social engagement, minority older adults and family caregivers, home- and community-based services, and health disparities.

Karen Magruder, LCSW

Director of Undergraduate Programs

Assistant Professor of Practice

Karen Magruder

Research Interests: Aging, mental health, health promotion, long-term care, hospice, dementia, sustainability, environmental justice

Pamela Malone, PhD, LCSW, FT

Assistant Professor of Practice

Research Interests: Loss and Grief, Trauma and Disaster, Adolescent Development, Substance Abuse Intervention and Treatment, Clinical Supervision

Rebecca Mauldin, LMSW, MSW, PhD

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Aging, Social Integration/Isolation, Social Network Analysis, Social Support and Generosity

Diane Mitschke, PhD, MSW

Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs

Associate Professor

Diane Mitschke

Research Interests: Health and Mental Health of Vulnerable Populations; Refugee and Immigrant Health and wellness

Marcela Nava, LMSW

Associate Professor of Practice

Research Interests:: Health Equity, Community Based Participatory Research, Immigration, Policy Advocacy

Anne Nordberg, PhD, MSW

Associate Professor

Anne Nordberg

Research Interests: Problem-Solving Courts, Forensic Social Work, Populations At-Risk for Criminal Justice Involvement, Structural Violence, Qualitative Methodologies, Innovative Approaches to Reduce Recidivism

Tracy Orwig, LCSW

Assistant Professor of Practice

Research Interests: Health Interventions, Health Disparities, Health Literacy and the Impact of Interprofessional Education on Health Students

Diana Padilla-Medina, PhD, LMSW

Assistant Professor

Diana Padilla

Research Interests: Latino adolescent dating violence, interpersonal violence in global contexts, Latino adolescent decision making.

Ashley Palmer, PhD, LMSW

Assistant Professor

Ashley Palmer

Research Interests: Experiences and connections during the transition from adolescence into young adulthood as they relate to health and well-being; housing policy and interventions.

Vijayan Pillai, PhD


Research Interests: Adolescent social problems , Reproductive health , National and International social policy, Population, Community Planning, Demographic Techniques, Zambia, Social Policy, Reproductive rights, Development

Regina T. Praetorius, PhD, LMSW-AP

Director of Graduate Programs


Regina Praterious

Research Interests: Trauma, Suicide, Military and Veteran Issues, Suicide, Suicide Bereavement, Qualitative Interpretive Meta-Synthesis (QIMS) and Social Work Education

De’An O. Roper, PhD, LCSW

Assistant Professor of Practice

Research Interests: Sexual and gender minority health disparities, the intersection of behavior change and technology, health risk behaviors, substance abuse, mental health and criminal justice.

Scott Ryan, MSW, MBA, PhD

Dean and Professor

Dean Scott Ryan

Marie Salimbeni, PhD, LCSW CAS

Assistant Professor of Practice

Research Interests: Forensic Social Work, Military Families and Children, Qualitative Research, Action Research, Race and Ethnicity, Relationship Violence and Prevention, Trauma, Higher Education, Student Development and Leadership, Community Education

Katherine Sanchez, PhD

Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs

Associate Professor

Katherine Sanchez

Research Interests: Integrated health care, mental health disparities, implementation science, health services research, behavioral health issues of disparity populations, cultural and linguistic competency in mental health services, social work in medical settings and disease management, motivational interviewing and other brief clinical interventions, and the role of social work in chronic disease care.

Maria Scannapieco, PhD, MSW

Director and Professor

Research Interests: Child Welfare, Implementation, Indian Child Welfare, Youth Aging Out Foster Care, Child Maltreatment, Mental Health Problems of Children and Adolescents, Kinship Care, University/Agency Collaborations and Workforce Development

Donald Schuman, PhD, LCSW, LCDC

Assistant Professor of Practice

Donald Schuman

Research Interests: Substance use disorders, addiction treatments and suicide prevention in the general population with emphasis on veterans and service members; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) treatment, group psychotherapy, developing interdisciplinary health treatment teams, and measuring the impact and relevance of feedback on the treatment experience.

Donna Schuman, PhD

Assistant Professor

Donna Schuman

Research Interests: Military social work; psychosocial and psychophysiological effects of war trauma and disaster; digital health interventions; heart rate variability biofeedback; social work education; systematic review methodology

Sherece Shavel, PhD, LMSW, HS-BCP

Assistant Professor of Practice

Sherece Shavel

Research Interests: Post-incarceration paternal experiences of African American males, the intersection of mental health, culture, spirituality, and criminality; post-traumatic growth development and functioning, legislative equity and equality, restorative forgiveness and reconciliation, social worker professional acumen, efficacy, and resilience; social work and law, cross-cultural collaborative social work education, qualitative and mixed methodology

Eusebius Small, PhD

Associate Professor

Eusebius Small

Research Interests: International Social Work, The Intersection of HIV and Contextual Social Norms, Adolescent Risk Behaviors, Comparative Social Policy

Rachel Voth Schrag, PhD, LCSW

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Violence Against Women, Trauma and Mental Health, Convergence of Poverty and Interpersonal Trauma, Violence Against Women in Diverse Educational Settings; Interpersonal Violence Prevention and Intervention

Allison Tomlinson, PhD, LCSW

Assistant Professor of Practice

Research Interests: Maternal incarceration, stress theory and non-normative family stress, couple and marriage dynamics in African American families, and mental health.

Micki Washburn, PhD, LMSW, MA, LPC-S

Assistant Professor

Micki Washburn

Research Interests: Health disparities related to mental health and substance misuse in historically underserved communities, applications of technology in behavioral health assessment and treatment, mindfulness based clinical interventions for women with co-occurring mental health and substance use concerns, social policy related to SOGIE for child welfare involved youth and families.

Debra Woody, PhD

Senior Associate Dean and Associate Professor

Debra Woody

Research Interests: Substance Abuse, School Based Social Work Services

Ling Xu, PhD

Associate Professor

Research Interests: Aging, grandparents, ethnicity (Chinese), assistive technology, Intergenerational Support and Healthy Aging, Health Disparity, Health Care Utilization, Acculturative Stress, Social support and Well-being of Older Adults, Asian American Older Adults

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