Meet Our Faculty

Kathryn Bocanegra

Kathryn Bocanegra

Assistant Professor

Professional Interests: Community violence prevention, complex trauma and bereavement, working with survivors of violent crime and examining the intersection of the criminal justice system with urban neighborhoods   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 »

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 »

Walter Gomez

Walter Gómez

Assistant Professor

Professional Interests: Substance use interventions for sexual minority men, structural, social, and cultural barriers to HIV prevention interventions, aging with HIV, social and sexual networks, social capital and social movements, qualitative and mixed methods in social welfare, and syndemics, intersectionality, and stress and coping theories and frameworks   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 »

John Holton

John Holton

Visiting Research Professor

Professional Interests: Gerontology and health equity for older populations, child health and well-being, and engagement with government and community stakeholders   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

Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Student Services and 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 Myers

Christina Myers

Assistant Professor

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

Michelle-Ann Rhoden Neita

Michelle-Ann Rhoden Neita

Assistant Professor

Professional Interests: Educational and health outcomes of youths involved in the child welfare and justice systems, trauma-informed care for youths and young adults with adverse childhood experiences, biomarkers for psychological trauma, and community reintegration programs in faith-based settings   Learn More »

Chastity Owens

Chastity Owens

Lecturer

Professional Interests: Evidence-based interventions in schools, clinical practice in education, and social and emotional learning   Learn More »

Lisa Salvadore

Lisa Salvadore

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 »

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