Faculty Directory

 

Karla Arenas-Itotia, M.A., MSSW, LMSW

Assistant Professor in Practice


  • Faculty 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, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor


    • Faculty 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


      • Faculty 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

        Jillian Michelle Smith Professor in Family Violence Research

         

        LaShaunn Bold, LMSW

        Associate Professor in Practice


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

          Saltanat Childress, PhD, Fulbright Scholar 2020 – 2021 

          PhD – University of Maryland, Baltimore 
          MSW – Washington University in St. Louis

          Assistant Professor

           

          Norman Cobb, PhD

          Associate Professor


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

            Ryon J. Cobb, Ph.D.

            Assistant Professor


            • Faculty Profile
            • Research Interests: His program of research elucidates how experiences of mistreatment combine with one’s racial identification to affect the health of adults in the United States.
               

              Jandel Crutchfield, Ph.D., LCSW

              Assistant Professor

               

              Maxine Davis, MSW, MBA, PhD

              Assistant Professor


              • Faculty Profile
              • 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)
                 

                Sophia Fantus, PhD

                Assistant Professor

                 

                Noelle Fields, Ph.D., LCSW

                Assistant Professor


                • Faculty 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, Ph.D., LCSW-S

                  Assistant Professor in Practice

                   

                  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

                    Assistant Professor in Practice

                     

                    Richard Hoefer, PhD

                    Professor


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

                      Darlene Hunter, LMSW, Ph.D. Family Studies

                      Assistant Professor in Practice

                       

                      Pamela Johnson, MSW, LCSW

                      Assistant Professor in Practice

                       

                      Catheleen Jordan, MSW, PhD, LCSW

                      Professor

                       

                      Catherine LaBrenz, PhD

                      Assistant Professor

                       

                      Jim Langford, LCSW

                      Assistant Professor in Practice

                       

                      Kathy Lee, PhD, MSW

                      Assistant Professor


                      • Faculty 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

                         

                        Pamela Malone, PhD, LCSW, FT

                        Assistant Professor in Practice


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

                          Rebecca Mauldin, LMSW, MSW, PhD

                          Assistant Professor

                           

                          Diane Mitschke, PhD, MSW

                          Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs

                           

                          Marcela Nava, LMSW

                          Assistant Professor in Practice

                           

                          Anne Nordberg, PhD, MSW

                          Associate Professor


                          • Faculty 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


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

                              Diana Padilla-Medina, PhD, LMSW

                              Assistant Professor

                               

                              Ashley Palmer, PhD, LMSW

                              Assistant Professor


                              • Faculty 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


                                • Faculty 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, Ph.D., LMSW-AP

                                  Director of Graduate Programs


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

                                    Ericka Robinson-Freeman, LCSW

                                    Associate Professor in Practice


                                    • Faculty Profile
                                    • Research Interests: Retention and Empowerment of Social Workers within Child Welfare, primary medical needs challenges in foster and adoptive homes, youth aging out of foster care, and supportive services for families and children.
                                       

                                      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

                                        Dean and Jenkins Garrett Professor


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

                                          Marie Salimbeni, Ph.D, LCSW CAS

                                          Assistant Professor in Practice


                                          • Faculty 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


                                            • Faculty 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


                                              • Faculty 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


                                                • Faculty 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.
                                                   

                                                  Eusebius Small, PhD

                                                  Associate Professor


                                                  • Faculty 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


                                                    • Faculty 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

                                                      • Diversity Studies Liaison

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

                                                         

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

                                                        Assistant Professor


                                                        • Faculty 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

                                                          Associate Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

                                                           

                                                          Ling Xu, PhD

                                                          Assistant Professor


                                                          • Faculty 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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