Social Work Faculty Research and Instructional Expertise


  Name Research Emphasis Instructional Expertise
ambris-300x300 Everiste Ambris, MSW
Field Coordinator
  Multicultural Issues, Anxiety, Depression, Alcohol and Drugs, Field seminars
barsky Allan Barsky, MSW, Ph.D.
Social Work Practice Theory and Skill Development, Conflict Resolution, Professional Ethics, Substance Abuse Social Work Practice Theory and Skill Development, Conflict Resolution, Professional Ethics, Substance Abuse
Diane Alperin, Ph.D. LCSW Atensia Earp Bowen, MSW
  Mental Health, Family-Centered Practice, Social Welfare Policy & Provisions, Social Work Professions
brown Georgia Brown, MSW
Field Coordinator
  Family Reunification and Family Preservation Programs, Women Issues, Field seminars
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
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
LeaAnne DeRigne, MSW, Ph.D. LeaAnne DeRigne, MSW, Ph.D.
Health Care Policy, Family impact of having a child with a special health care need Social Welfare Policy, Social Work practice with Communities and Organizations
drucker Donna Drucker, LCSW
  Social Work practice, Post-Grad Trainings
gonzalez Manny Gonzalez, Ph.D., LCSW-R
Associate Professor 
Mental/Health Illness, Application of developmental and Psychological and Physical Well-being Among Hispanic Immigrants, Psychodynamics of Fatherhood, Qualitative Research Methods Advance Clinical Social Work Practicum, Emerging theories and Methods, Advanced Social Work Practice
groton Dani Groton, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor & Interim DSW Coordinator
Homelessness, housing and employment interventions, and promotion of health among under-served communities General Social Work with Organizations and Communities, Human Behavioral / Social Environment
Patricia Patricia Gustaffson, LCSW
Field Faculty
Emotional Intelligence and Brazilian Women Psychosocial Risk Factors Field Education in Social Work, Advance Year Field Instruction and Seminar, Counseling Women, Practice with Individuals, International Social Work
michelle hawkins Michele Hawkins, MSW, Ph.D.
Professor & Vice Provost
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
kane Michael Kane, Ph.D., LCSW M.Div.
Aging and Mental Health, Alzheimer’s Disease, Managed Care SW Research, Psychopathology, Clinical SW Practice with Elders
kaplan Arlene Kaplan, MSW, Ph.D.
Field Education, Child Welfare, Macro Social Work, Program Evaluation Social Work Practice with Individuals, Social Work Profession
luna Naelys Luna, MSW, Ph.D.
Professor & Founding Dean
Substance Use Disorder, Mood Disorder, Spirituality, Parental Roles, Mental Health, Psychosocial Functioning Social Work Practice with Individuals, Social Work Profession, Advanced Practice and Theory with Adults and Families, Research Methods, Mindfulness
mccormic Kathryn McCormic, LCSW, MCAP
Field Faculty
  Field Education in Social Work, Field Instruction, Advance Year Field Instruction and Seminar
wohlsifer David Landsman-Wohlsifer, Ph.D., LCSW
  CBT, Social Work & Human Sexuality, Play Therapy, LCSW examination prep course
mcclellan Joy McClellan, DSW, LCSW
MSW Program Coordinator
  Advance Year Field Instruction and Seminar, Child Welfare, Field Education in Social Work
park JuYoung Park, MSW, Ph.D.
Chronic Pain Management in Older Adults, Pain Medication Abuse, Mental Health in Adults with Chronic Pain. Advance Clinic Social Work Research Statistics, Advance theory SW Practice Elders/Family, Research Methods-Social Work
platt Keith Platt, DSW, LCSW
Senior Clinical Instructor
Minority Issues, Oppression, Addictions, Mindfulness, Spirituality, Sexual Orientation Issues Interpersonal Neuroscience, Psychopathol Clinical Social Work Practice, Social Work and Trauma, General Social Work Practice with Families, Evid-Informed Practice with Indiv, SW ad Positive Well-Being
rubin Robin Rubin, MSW
  Social Work and Positive Well Being
sherman Diane G. Sherman, MSW, Ph.D.
Stress and Coping Process for Victim of violent crimes, Restorative Justice, Grief and Loss Issues, Human Trafficking Psychopathology, Research Methods-Social Work, Loss/Grief: Individuals/Family/Cul, Advanced Clinical SW: Capstone
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
spadola Christine E. Spadola, Ph.D., LMHC
Assistant Professor
Sleep, Health & Mental Health Promotions, Substance Abuse Disorders, Yoga/Mindfulness Interventions Human Behavioral and Social Environment, Psychopathol Clinical SW Practice, Research Methods-Social Work
suttenberg Laurie Suttenberg, DSW, LCSW, DCSW
  Advance Theory Social Work Practice Elders, Family
farineau Heather Thompson, Ph.D., LCSW
Associate Professor & Director
Child Welfare, Best Practices for Child Welfare Professionals Advance Theory Social Work Practice Adults/Family, Advance Clin SW Evidence Based Practice with Families, Case Management, Couples Therapy in Social Work Practice
Zantop Ashley Zantop, LCSW, MCAP
Associate Director
  Homelessness, Substance Misuse, Mental Health