Institute Faculty

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  Name Research Emphasis Instructional Expertise Practical Expertise
colvin Marianna L. Colvin, Ph.D., LGSW
Associate Professor
Interorganizational Human Service Delivery Systems Related to Vulnerable Children and Families, Child Welfare, Interactions across Organizations, Systems and Complexity, Network Development Community Oriented Courses, Child Welfare courses, Global Perspective Child Welfare Policy, Practice, and Supervision; International Community Development
cooley Morgan Cooley, Ph.D., LCSW
Associate Professor
Better Understanding Risk and Protective Factors of Child Welfare Theory and Practice with Children and Adolescents, SW with Vulnerable children, Statistics Individual, couple, & family therapy; practice with those involved in the child welfare system; community mental health.
farineau Heather Thompson, Ph.D., LCSW
Associate Professor & Director
Child Welfare, Best Practices for Child Welfare Professionals Advance Theory & Social Work Practice with Children, Adolescents, Adults & Family, Case Management, Couples Therapy in Social Work Practice Adolescents and Families involved in the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems, Parenting, Couples therapy (pre-marital counseling, communication issues, infidelity, divorce and co-parenting), Solution-Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy
howard Heather Howard, MSW, Ph.D., LICSW
Assistant Professor
Gender-specific and Trauma-inforced care for women Advanced Clinical Practice with Children and Families, Participatory Action Research, Dynamics of Oppression and Privilege Healthcare social work, Trauma and Alcohol Use Disorder and Substance use disorder, postpartum depression, and grief and loss
osei Precious Skinner-Osei, MSW, Ph.D.
Instructor & BSW Coordinator
Criminal Justice Reform, Paternal Incarceration, Trauma-Informed Care for Juveniles Global Pers of Social Services, Social Welfare Policy/Provision, Profession of Social Work, SW Practice Communities and Organizations, Research Methods-Social Work  
mcclellan Joy McClellan, DSW, LCSW
MSW Program Coordinator
  Advance Year Field Instruction and Seminar, Child Welfare, Field Education in Social Work Administration and clinical supervision, community planning and development, clinical mental health services for children and families, clinical mental health services for those with chronic mental illness, child protection services