Meet Our Faculty

Faith Johnson Bonecutter

Faith Johnson Bonecutter

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Student Services and Clinical Associate Professor

Professional Interests: Social work practice with families, supervision and field instruction, kinship care, child welfare training and permanency planning   Learn More »

Alice K. Butterfield

Alice K. Butterfield

Professor

Professional Interests: Social Work Education in Ethiopia Partnership, international social work education, asset based community development, higher education partnerships, family policy   Learn More »

Barbara Coats

Barbara Coats

Director of Field Instruction and Clinical Assistant Professor

Professional Interests: Chronic Illnesses/physical and behavioral chronic illnesses, homelessness, community-based practice   Learn More »

Karen D’Angelo

Karen D’Angelo

Assistant Professor

Professional Interests: Health inequities, social determinants of health, cultural competency and structural competency, healthcare disparities, community practice, and food insecurity and social work   Learn More »

Osei Darkwa

Osei Darkwa

Visiting Clinical Associate Professor

Professional Interests: International social work and social development, gerontological social work, race and ethnic relations, information technology and social work practice, social welfare policy and practice, online and virtual learning systems   Learn More »

Daysi Diaz-Strong

Daysi Diaz-Strong

Assistant Professor

Professional Interests: Educational outcomes and experiences of Latinx undocumented immigrants, developmental trajectories of Latinx undocumented immigrants, impact of immigration policy on immigrants and immigrant families, identity development of immigrant populations   Learn More »

Otima Doyle

Otima Doyle

Associate Professor

Professional Interests: Familial risk and protective factors related to emotional and behavioral problems among culturally diverse, underserved youth, the role of fathers and co-parenting in the prevention of youth aggression, depression and suicide, and the development and evaluation of prevention interventions with fathers and children   Learn More »

Marybel Flores

Marybel Flores

Visiting Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid and Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor

Professional Interests: Policy initiatives affecting aging vulnerable populations, and increasing minority inclusion in the health sciences and the health professions   Learn More »

Kalen Flynn

Kalen Flynn

Assistant Professor

Professional Interests: Reducing exposure to violence among adolescents and young adults, addressing symbolic, structural, and interpersonal violence, and integrating GIS and qualitative research methods   Learn More »

Jennifer Geiger

Jennifer Geiger

Assistant Professor

Professional Interests: Promoting and supporting foster care alumni in postsecondary education settings, resilience in families and children involved in the child welfare system, and assessing and cultivating empathy   Learn More »

Aaron Gottlieb

Aaron Gottlieb

Assistant Professor

Professional Interests: Promoting effective and just criminal justice reform, and promoting effective and just policies to reduce poverty   Learn More »

Creasie Finney Hairston

Creasie Finney Hairston

Dean and Professor

Professional Interests: Social work, families and the criminal justice system, and higher education administration and leadership, and social policies, social programs and social justice   Learn More »

Krista Hinton

Krista Hinton

Clinical Assistant Professor

Professional Interests: Increasing awareness regarding emotional intelligence, integrating social emotional learning in the academic curriculum, addressing health disparities among African Americans, and social service program and policy development  Learn More »

Charles Hounmenou

Charles Hounmenou

Assistant Professor

Professional Interests: Human trafficking, commercial sexual exploitation of children, and the human rights of detainees and immigrants   Learn More »

Chang-ming Hsieh

Chang-ming Hsieh

Associate Professor and Director of the PhD Program

Professional Interests: Quality of life, subjective well-being, and life satisfaction, and client satisfaction of social services for older adults   Learn More »

Annette Johnson

Annette Johnson

Clinical Associate Professor

Professional Interests: Children’s mental health, social and emotional learning, critical service learning, and clinical practice in schools   Learn More »

Sonya Leathers

Sonya Leathers

Professor

Professional Interests: Child welfare services and evaluation, child and adolescent mental health needs and services, and effective training in evidence-based practices   Learn More »

Henrika McCoy

Henrika McCoy

Associate Professor

Professional Interests: African American males, mental health disorders, children, adolescents and emerging adults, and cross-system youth   Learn More »

Branden McLeod

Branden McLeod

Assistant Professor

Professional Interests: Fatherhood among Black fathers and families, reentry into society from incarceration, and criminal justice reform   Learn More »

Christopher Mitchell

Christopher Mitchell

Associate Professor and Director of Academic Program Development and Assessment

Professional Interests: Social determinants of health and health inequities, integrated care and behavioral health practice, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment adherence, cognitive-behavioral interventions, interprofessional education, and social work ethics   Learn More »

Christina DeNard

Christina Myers

Assistant Professor

Professional Interests: Child welfare and prevention, and evidence-based practices within child welfare settings   Learn More »

Lisa Salvadore

Lisa Salvadore

Visiting Lecturer

Professional Interests: Counseling sexology and sexual wellness best practices and positivity, social justice and fighting stigma against mental illness, harm reduction advocacy, and promoting wellness in the GLBTQIA , kink and sexual minorities community  Learn More »

James Swartz

James Swartz

Professor

Professional Interests: Treatment for alcohol and other substance use disorders, integrating behavioral and primary health care, epidemiology of health conditions among persons with serious mental illnesses, health and behavioral health care for LGBTQ populations, preventing opioid overdoses and prescription drug abuse, and developing data monitoring systems for substance use and substance use-related issues   Learn More »

Amy Watson

Amy Watson

Professor

Professional Interests: Mental health policy, the interface of the criminal justice and mental health systems, and mental illness stigma and treatment participation   Learn More »

Robert J. Wilson

Robert J. Wilson

Assistant Professor

Professional Interests: Reducing child and adolescent exposure to violence, supporting schools in their efforts to develop and implement effective alternatives to out of school suspensions, and supporting detained and adjudicated youth in their return to their schools and communities   Learn More »

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