Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Laurie A. Smith, Ph.D. (UCLA )

Director of School of Social Work and Professor

Interests: AIDS prevention and services, foster youth, technology in teaching, service learning.

Rachel Allinson, MSW, LCSW (The Ohio State University)

Director of Field Education

Interests: Social work education, supervision of pre-licensed social workers and students, forensic issues, severe and persistent mental illness, discharge planning and community integration, and micro practice.

Janet C. Chang, Ph.D. (UCLA)

Professor

Interests: Family caregiving, women's health and mental health issues, divorced women's adjustment and mental health issues, elder abuse in cross-cultural context, child abuse issues among Asian American families, ethnic specific service delivery.

Glenda "G.G." Crawley, MSW (Louisiana State University)

Interests: Child Welfare and family services, aging issues, mental health issues, social work supervision and leadership.

Susan Culbertson, MSW

Title IV-E Child Welfare Stipend Program Project Coordinator

Interests: Child abuse and neglect, domestic and intimate partner violence, public child welfare policy and procedure, safety and risk assessment in CWS, case management.

Thomas D. Davis, Ph.D. (University of Washington )

Associate Professor

Interests: Substance abuse treatment, macro social work practice, research methods, and healthcare among Native Americans.

Cory B. Dennis, PhD (University at Albany, SUNY)

Assistant Professor

Interests: Substance abuse treatment and 12-Step programs, aging, best practices.

Zoila Gordon, MSW, LCSW, Ph.D. (Loma Linda University)

Title IV-E Faculty

Interests: Domestic violence, parenting Issues, working with families with medical Illness, children with emotional difficulties.

Shyra Harris, MSW (CSUSB)

Mental Health Stipend Coordinator

Interests: High risk child welfare and juvenile probation, forensic issues, severe and persistent mental illness, discharge planning and community integration, medical social work, and micro practice.

Sandy Howard, MSW (Southern University, New Orleans)

Title IV-E Faculty

Interests: Working with abused and neglected children and families in reunification, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral treatment with adult sex offenders, mentoring, motivational interviewing, coaching, couple counseling and support groups, and support groups for women.

Ray E. Liles, D.S.W. (UCLA )

Social Work Practice Lecturer

Interests: Children in foster care, adoptions, child sexual abuse, attention def icit hyperactivity disorder, personality disorders, working with involuntary clients, educational advocacy on behalf of learning disabled children, use of technology in human services training.

Erica L. Lizano, Ph.D., M.S.W., M.P.A. (University of Southern California)

Assistant Professor

Interests: Employee well-being, vulnerable work populations, diversity management, diversity and inclusion practices within organizations, organizational management and administration in human service organizations, workplace performance in human service organizations, policy and program evaluation, human service workforce management, and public child welfare organizations.

Nancy Mary, D.S.W., UCLA (Los Angeles)

Emeritus Professor


Carolyn McAllister, Ph.D., MSW (Michigan State University)

Assistant Professor

Interests: Social work practice with individuals with disabilities and their support systems, integrating disability content into social work education, transition issues for adolescents with disabilities and their families, and teaching with technology, alternate forms of instruction.

Rosemary McCaslin, Ph.D. (Chicago)

Professor

Interests: Gerontology, service use, adult families, caregiving, intergenerational aspects of individual development, kin care in foster care, domestic violence among the elderly.  Social work practice: preventive interventions, elder abuse, social workers with disabilities.  Social work education: effective pedagogy.

Jeannine Meza, MSW

Title IV-E Faculty

Interests: Foster care, adoption, transitional age youth, and case management and supervision.

Teresa Morris, Ph.D. (UC Berkeley)

Professor Emerita

Interests: Research methodology and philosophy of science, community organizing, social welfare policy, social action, immigration and refugees, administration and leadership.

Herbert Shon , Ph.D., LCSW (UCLA)

Assistant Professor

Interests: Developing strategies that reduce barriers to accessing services among hard-to-reach populations, integrating technology into social work courses, caregiving and Alzheimer's disease.

Rhoda Smith, MSW

Title IV-E Field Faculty


Nick Watson, MSW, LCSW (San Diego State University)

Title IV-E Faculty

Interests: Child welfare, high risk youth, health policy and susbstance abuse.

Administrative Staff

Natasha Hemmings

Administrative Support Coordinator


Andrew Copeland

Administrative Support Assistant

Title IV-E Program Staff

Jean Gaines

Network Administrator


Wendy Callejas

Administrative Support Assistant


Tim Hatch

Administrative Support Assistant

Adjunct Faculty

  • Rachel Estrada, MSW
  • Margaret Hughes, Ph.D.
  • Kirby Palmer, MSW, LCSW