Faculty Directory

 

Keith A. Anderson, PhD, MSW

PhD Program Director
Cheryl Milkes Moore Professor

 

Brittanie Atteberry Ash

Assistant Professor 

 

Amanda Aykanian

Assistant Professor 

 

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
 

Zhen Cong , Ph.D.

Associate Professor


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

Jandel Crutchfield, Ph.D., LCSW

Assistant Professor

 

Maxine Davis, MSW, MBA, PhD

Assistant Professor


  • Faculty 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

Assistant Professor


  • Faculty Profile
  • Research Interests: Social ecology of disadvantaged ethnic minority youth, Ethnic and racial disparities in education (K-12) and Educational and economic disparities among transition-aged youth
 

Sophia Fantus, PhD

Assistant Professor

 

Noelle Fields, Ph.D., LCSW

Associate 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

Associate 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

Associate Professor in Practice

 

Catheleen Jordan, MSW, PhD, LCSW

Professor

 

Mia M. Kirby

Assistant Professor 

 

Catherine LaBrenz, PhD

Assistant Professor

 

Jim Langford, LCSW

Associate 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 and Assistant Professor in Practice

 

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

Associate 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 Studies and Professor


  • Faculty Profile
  • 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 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.
 

Donna Schuman

Assistant Professor 

 

Sherece Shavel

Assistant Professor 

 

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

Associate 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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