Faculty Directory

 

Keith A. Anderson, PhD, MSW

PhD Program Director
Cheryl Milkes Moore Professor


  • Keith Anderson Profile
  • 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 Profile
  • 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 Profile
  • Research Interests: Social work education, Homeless service systems, Homeless service access and outcomes, Geographic mobility and transportation access,, Program and policy evaluationand Criminalization of homelessness
 

Karla Arenas-Itotia, MA, MSSW, LMSW

Assistant Professor in Practice


  • Karla Arenas-Itotia Profile
  • 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


  • Philip Baiden Profile
  • 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 in Practice

 

Randy Basham, PhD

Associate Professor


  • Randy Basham Profile
  • Research Interests: Program and Practice Evaluation, Research Methods, Information Technology, Health and Behavioral Health Aging, Child Welfare and Disaster Response, Service Delivery, Group Measurement, International Issues, Sustainability
 

Beverly Black, PhD

Professor  

 

LaShaunn Bold, LMSW

Associate Professor in Practice

 

Saltanat Childress, PhD, MSW 

Assistant Professor

 

Norman Cobb, PhD

Associate Professor

 

Zhen Cong , PhD

Associate Professor


  • Zhen Cong Profile
  • 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

 

Maxine Davis, PhD, MSW,  MBA

Assistant Professor


  • Maxine Davis Profile
  • Research Website 
  • Research Interests: Intimate partner violence/abuse perpetration; Community-based intervention; Black-American and Latin populations; Black-church; Religious-faith; Religion-spiritual abuse; Program evaluation; Community-engaged research (i.e. CBPR)
 

Danielle R. Eugene, PhD, LCSW

Assistant Professor


  • Danielle Eugene Profile
  • 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

 

Noelle Fields, PhD , LCSW

Associate Professor


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

Pamela Fox, PhD , LCSW-S

Assistant Professor in Practice

  • qualitative narrative methodology.
 

Genevieve Graaf, PhD, MSW

Assistant Professor

  • 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 in Practice

 

Richard Hoefer, PhD

Professor

 

Darlene Hunter, LMSW, PhD Family Studies

Assistant Professor in Practice

 

Pamela Johnson, MSW, LCSW

Associate Professor in Practice


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

Catheleen Jordan, PhD,  MSW,  LCSW

Professor

 

Mia M. Kirby, PhD

Assistant Professor in Practice 


  • Mia Kirby Profile
  • 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

 

Jim Langford, LCSW

Associate Professor in Practice

 

Kathy Lee, PhD, MSW

Assistant Professor


  • Kathy Lee Profile
  • 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 in Practice

 

Pamela Malone, PhD, LCSW, FT

Assistant Professor in Practice

 

Rebecca Mauldin, LMSW, MSW, PhD

Assistant Professor

 

Diane Mitschke, PhD, MSW

Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs
Associate Professor
 

 

Marcela Nava, LMSW

Associate Professor in Practice

 

Anne Nordberg, PhD, MSW

Associate Professor


  • Anne Nordberg Profile
  • 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 in Practice

 

Diana Padilla-Medina, PhD, LMSW

Assistant Professor

 

Ashley Palmer, PhD, LMSW

Assistant Professor


  • Ashley Palmer Profile
  • 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

Professor


  • Vijayan Pillai Profile
  • 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 and Professor

 
  

De’An O. Roper, PhD, LCSW

Assistant Professor in 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 

Scott Ryan, MSW, MBA, PhD

School of Social Work, Dean and Professor


  • Scott Ryan Profile
  • Research Interests: Leadership in Higher Education, Child Welfare/Adoptions, Intervention Research, Systematic Review Syntheses and Survey Methodology
 

Marie Salimbeni, PhD, LCSW CAS

Assistant Professor in Practice


  • Marie Salimbeni Profile
  • 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 Profile
  • 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

Professor


  • Maria Scannapieco Profile
  • 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 in Practice


  • Donald Schuman Profile
  • 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 Profile
  • 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 in Practice


  • Sherece Shavel Profile
  • 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 Profile
  • 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


  • Rachel Voth Schrag Profile
  • 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 in Practice

 Micki Washburn 

 

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

Assistant Professor


  • Micki Washburn Profile
  • 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
Associate Professor

 

Ling Xu, PhD

Associate Professor


  • Ling Xu Profile
  • 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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