Faculty by Specialization

Aging

Randy Basham, PhD

Associate Professor

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

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.

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

Catheleen Jordan, PhD, MSW, LCSW

Professor

Catheleen Jordan

Research Interests: Family assessment and treatment, Family violence, Baby boomers, Technology and elders

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

Rebecca Mauldin, LMSW, MSW, PhD

Assistant Professor

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

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

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.

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

Children and Families

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

Beverly Black, PhD

Professor

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

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.

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

Darlene Hunter, LMSW, PhD

Assistant Professor of Practice

Darlene Hunter

Research Interests: Disability; Disability and Sports

Catheleen Jordan, PhD, MSW, LCSW

Professor

Catheleen Jordan

Research Interests: Family assessment and treatment, Family violence, Baby boomers, Technology and elders

Catherine LaBrenz, PhD

Assistant Professor

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

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

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.

Ericka Robinson-Freeman, LCSW

Associate Professor of Practice

Ericka Robinson Freeman

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

Health

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

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.

Marcela Nava, LMSW

Associate Professor of Practice

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

Karen Magruder, LCSW

Director of Undergraduate Programs

Karen Magruder

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

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

Tracy Orwig, LCSW

Assistant Professor of Practice

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

Vijayan Pillai, PhD

Professor

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

Professor

Regina Praterious

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

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

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

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.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse

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

Randy Basham, PhD

Associate Professor

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

Norman Cobb, PhD

Associate Professor

Norman Cobb

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

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.

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

Karen Magruder, LCSW

Director of Undergraduate Programs

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

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

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

Diana Padilla-Medina, PhD, LMSW

Assistant Professor

Diana Padilla

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

Regina T. Praetorius, PhD, LMSW-AP

Director of Graduate Programs

Professor

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Community and Administrative Practice

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

Marcela Nava, LMSW

Associate Professor of Practice

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

Richard Hoefer, PhD

Professor

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

Regina T. Praetorius, PhD, LMSW-AP

Director of Graduate Programs

Professor

Regina Praterious

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

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

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.