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Department of Social Work Faculty


Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
201V

Office Hours:

Spring 2018

By appointment

Campus Box Number:
70

Directory Profile

Bio:

Because I value education that's why I'm a social work educator


Areas of Research

My current research projects include analyses of policy and services for children without parental care in Eastern Europe, models of supervision, and undocumented migrants' experiences. My teaching interests include leadership, structural inequality, comparative social policy and global issues


Biography

I earned an MA in Sociology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and an MSW and PhD from the University of Houston. I joined Metro in January 2013, after more than 10 years as a faculty member at the University of Houston-Downtown. 

My practice experience is in adoption, clinical & program research, and grants management. I have taught across the curriculum in both sociology and social work in children & family, gender, social policy, urban issues and theory. 

My current research projects include analyses of policy and services for children without parental care in Eastern Europe, models of supervision, and undocumented migrants’ experiences. 



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
202A

Office Hours:

Spring 2018

M: 9 AM to 11 AM

Th: 2 PM to 3 PM

And by appointment

Campus Box Number:
70

Directory Profile

Bio:

Because I value learning and the pursuit of knowledge, I participate in and advocate for access to quality education and that's why I'm a social worker.


Areas of Research

Amanda is interested in work with under-served communities and promoting access to educational opportunities. She has a passion for field education within social work programs.


Biography

Amanda Campbell, MSW, LCSW earned both her BA in Psychology and MSW from the University of Denver.  Through her career, she has worked in many settings including in residential treatment with adolescent girls, as a clinical vocational counselor for adults with disabilities and spent many years in the youth development space as a counselor/case manager, volunteer recruiter and program director for Denver Urban Scholars. She has also worked as a social worker at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. She is passionate about supporting other social workers in their development and to that end provides LCSW supervision to social workers seeking licensure and served as a field instructor for over five years. Amanda began her work as a field liaison in 2011 and has been teaching Field Experience at MSU Denver since 2013. She is excited about the opportunity to engage with students in more depth in her role as Clinical Field Faculty. Outside of work, she stays connected to the community, serving as a board member for Denver Urban Scholars and a volunteer for the Limb Preservation Foundation. One of her proudest personal achievements was summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,341 ft.), the highest peak in Africa.



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
201M

Office Hours:

Spring 2018

M: 11 AM to 1 PM (by appointment)

W: 2 PM to 4 PM (by appointment)

Th: 1 PM to 2 PM (by appointment)

Please email to schedule a time to meet (virtual appointments also available)

Campus Box Number:
70

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Bio:

Areas of Research

My academic interests also include the role of research in social work practice, addressing issues of diversity and marginalization in the social work curriculum and classroom, and online pedagogy.


Biography

Ms. Clark received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Social Work degrees at Binghamton University in New York. Ms. Clark’s social work practice experiences relate primarily to mental health issues with adults and youth and has involved multiple practice modalities, including work with individuals, families, groups, and communities. Ms. Clark has engaged in collaborative research, including evaluation research and qualitative research projects on topics such as sexuality, culturally competent practice and diversity in doctoral education. Ms. Clark has taught BSSW and MSW courses, including research methods and practice evaluation, diversity, and electives that focus on gender and sexuality. Ms. Clark’s academic interests also include the role of research in social work practice, addressing issues of diversity and marginalization in the social work curriculum and classroom, and online pedagogy.  

 



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
201P

Office Hours:

Spring 2018

By appointment

Campus Box Number:
70

Directory Profile

Bio:

I am originally from Nebraska and have lived in Colorado for the last 12 years. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in Psychology and my Master's in Social Work from the University of Nebraska - Omaha. I have over a decade of experience in the field of social work and have held direct service positions with state agencies, hospitals, and community based non-profits in Nebraska and Colorado. I have expertise in domestic/interpersonal violence, child welfare, medical social work, and evaluation research. 



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
201S

Office Hours:

Spring 2018

By appointment

Campus Box Number:
70

Directory Profile


Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
201B

Office Hours:

Spring 2018

W: 2 PM to 4 PM

Th: 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM

And by appointment

Campus Box Number:
70

Directory Profile

Bio:

Because I value the potential in all people, I strive to help others give voice to their unique gifts in the world and that's why I'm a social worker


Areas of Research

I am most interested in exploring how students who have been marginalized in the educational system, especially those with disabilities or who are first generation college bound, can feel accepted and find ways to share their gifts in schools and universities.


Biography

Barbara is thrilled to join the Department of Social Work at MSU Denver and believes that her career has been building toward helping her be prepared to teach the amazing students at this university.  She has spent her career working with students at the university and high school level who have been marginalized in the education system. Barbara worked at the University of Denver’s Learning Effectiveness Program and taught at the Women’s College at DU.  Later, she directed a comprehensive support program for students with learning disabilities and ADHD at a Denver high school. Barbara was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Denver in the Graduate School of Social Work. Most recently, Barbara worked with a local mentoring agency and headed efforts to provide case management and mentoring for underserved students after they completed high school.  Barbara earned both her BA in Sociology and her Masters in Social Work from the University of Denver.  With two teenagers, her hobbies revolve around learning to love her children’s hobbies (Yay, rugby and amateur theater productions!).  But an ideal day for her would involve a long walk with her husband and fabulous greyhound, a dinner at home with her family, and curling up on the couch with a good book and her aggressively affectionate cat. 



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
201B

Office Hours:

Spring 2018

Th: 12 PM to 2 PM

And by appointment

Campus Box Number:
70

Directory Profile


Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
201L

Office Hours:

Spring 2018

T: 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Th: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Please email to schedule an appointment

Campus Box Number:
70

Directory Profile

Bio:

Tanya Greathouse, Ph.D., earned her BA in Sociology from University of Colorado Boulder, a Master’s in Social Work from University of Denver and a PhD in Clinical Social Work from Smith College. She completed American Management Association Managers training and VISIONS Multicultural training. Dr. Greathouse serves as a Faculty Field Advisor at the rank of Adjunct Associate Professor for Smith College School for Social Work, Affiliate Faculty for Metropolitan State College of Denver and is a private psychotherapy practitioner in the Denver/Boulder area. Her foundation of cultural competency is informed by her teaching curriculums and multicultural trainings. She holds certifications as; Administrator and Interpreter for the Intercultural Developmental Inventory and QPR Gatekeeper Instruction. 

Outside of her professional activities, Greathouse is an avid bicyclist, outdoor enthusiast and enjoys cooking with her partner. 



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
201D

Office Hours:

Spring 2018

M: 2 PM to 3 PM

T: 2 PM to 4 PM

W: 2 PM to 4 PM

Please email to schedule an appointment

Campus Box Number:
70

Directory Profile

Bio:

Louise brings 32 years of clinical social work experience to her classroom teaching. She was a Family Therapist and Clinical Supervisor at the Mental Health Center of Boulder County Community Infant Program, the Outpatient Coordinator of the Women's Recovery Center of Boulder Memorial Hospital, the Clinical Supervisor of the Mesa State College Counseling Center, and most recently the Director of Clinical Services and Parenting Education at Parenting Place in Boulder. Louise also was honored to receive the Social Worker of the Year award for Boulder County in 2012. Louise is delighted to join the faculty of the Social Work Department at Metro State College. 



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
201Y

Office Hours:

Please email to schedule a virtual appointment via phone or Skype

Campus Box Number:
70

Directory Profile

Bio:

I was born in Queens New York and grew up in Connecticut. I've lived in Vermont, New Hampshire, Upstate New York, and Northern California. This is my third time moving back to Colorado.

I discovered a passion for social justice as a child of the 60's. I grew up with a growing awareness of the racial, economic and environmental issues surrounding us. I began engaging in service in junior high and it has been a part of what drove me to social work. I also discovered my love of the outdoors in junior high through skiing. These early passions have been at the foundation of my career for over 30 years. I have sought to combine social work with work in outdoor adventure and wilderness contexts for much of my career. In the pursuit of combining these areas I deepened by knowledge of experiential education, group work and experiential practice. These elements make up the majority of my professional writing and presentations. I have been fortunate to travel around the world meeting amazing people and having incredible conversations about the power of work with people by engaging them in activity and group process. I truly believe (and the empirical data supports this) that a group of people engaged in activity is a powerful vehicle for change.

What attracts me to MSU Denver is the commitment of this University to the ideas of social justice and social action. The rich diversity of lived experience in our students, faculty and staff is a testament to the mission of our University. I hope to meet you and have a conversation! 



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
201U

Office Hours:

Spring 2018

T: 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM, 4:50 PM - 5:30 PM

And by appointment

Campus Box Number:
70

Directory Profile

Bio:

During the past 30 years Dr. Matera Bassett has worked with children, adolescents, transition-aged youth and their families who have complex behavioral health issues. Dr. Matera Bassett has worked in residential, day treatment, community-based, and sub-acute mental health settings as a Program Manager; Cultural Competence Liaison; Continuity of Care Coordinator; Family, Group & Individual Therapist, Program Specialist & Trainer, Case Manager; Family Preservation Counselor; and Youth Treatment Counselor.  Dr. Matera Bassett has been a member of several federal, state, and private grant projects. Current grant projects include:

  • Principal Investigator, HRSA Behavioral Health Workforce Education & Training for Professionals
  • Principal Investigator, HRSA Behavioral Health Workforce Education & Training for Paraprofessionals
  • Co-principal Investigator, THRIVE vicarious trauma training and consultation initiative with Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS)
  • Principal Investigator and Leadership Council, Kemp Center, Child Welfare Training System, subaward
  • Chairperson, Colorado State Resiliency Taskforce

Her grant project foci has included workforce development, vicarious trauma, children of incarcerated parents, and recruitment of foster parents with diverse identities. Dr. Matera Bassett has also been involved in grant projects from the Colorado Department of Human Services and the Daniels Fund where she has developed curricula and trained therapists, case workers, teachers, foster parents, and paraprofessionals on how to effectively work with children and adolescents and their families.  She has drafted policy white papers and legislation that have been adopted by the state of Colorado. Dr. Matera Bassett’s research interests lay in improving the efficacy of services provided to children, adolescents and families. The foci of her interest are on projects which support clinical staff development; address the impact of vicarious trauma on the workforce; build personal, familial and community assets; and explore the efficacy of interventions. Dr. Matera Bassett actively engages in dissemination of scholarship through National and International presentations and peer-reviewed journals.



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
201Q

Office Hours:

Spring 2018

By appointment

Campus Box Number:
70

Directory Profile

Bio:

Because I value the voice of our community I listen and that's why I'm a social worker!


Areas of Research

I am passionate about preparing social workers to thrive in any work environment through igniting their passions, challenging their critical thinking, nurturing their desire to be change agents, practicing their use of evidence based practice, and seeing the leader within! 


Biography

Ann is an assistant professor at Metropolitan State University in the Department of Social Work. She received her Masters of Science in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College. Ann also received her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver. Her research interest is in how the organizational health of human service organizations impacts employees, client outcomes, and quality of services. 

Ann's passion is teaching and training. She has been an affiliate instructor at MSU and University of Denver for a combination of 7 years. Her classes have included: Direct Practice, Family Therapy, Mental Health Assessment, Trauma Interventions, Trauma, and Child Maltreatment. She enjoys training child welfare and mental health professionals on many topics including trauma, adolescent development, leadership and supervision, and family engagement. 

Ann has lived and worked in the Denver area for the past 20 years. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Colorado with extensive social work practice experience working in human service management, community mental health, and with at risk families and adolescents in both child welfare and mental health settings. Ann loves everything outdoors and enjoys playing the fiddle.



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
201W

Office Hours:

Spring 2018

By appointment

Campus Box Number:
70

Directory Profile

Bio:

Because I value health and community I do research and teach in areas that will support vulnerable older adults facing serious illness and their families and that's why I'm a social worker


Areas of Research

Dr. Retrum always tries to find ways to involve students in her projects, for example last year she hired two social work students to help facilitate community meetings and focus groups for a project that aimed to reduce isolation for older adults in a five neighborhood area in Denver. Dr. Retrum continues to pursue research and community project opportunities that aim to improve the health and quality of life of older adults and their families.


Biography

Dr. Retrum has eight years of clinical social work experience in health and mental health related settings; hospice, home and, inpatient care, in-home therapy, and developmental disabilities. She was a recipient of the John A. Hartford Foundation Pre-Dissertation Award in 2006. Through her own research and affiliation with the Institute of Gerontology from 2005-2009, Dr. Retrum worked with many community non-profit organizations that serve the social, health, and mental health needs of older adults and their families. She was also the PARTNER Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Health Systems and Service Research (funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) at the University of Colorado Denver, School of Public Affairs from 2010-2013.

Dr. Retrum’s research background includes Addressing the Needs of Underserved at At-Risk Isolated Seniors, GLBT Seniors Using Support to Age in Neighborhoods, and Geriatric Social Work: Building Capacity with Evidence Based Practice and served as lead researcher for the AARP’s Framework for Isolation in Adults Over 50. She always tries to find ways to involve students in her projects. Dr. Retrum continues to pursue research and community project opportunities that aim to improve the health and quality of life of older adults and their families.

As an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work at Metropolitan State University of Denver, Dr. Retrum teaches at the undergraduate and graduate level. She enjoys teaching courses related to direct clinical social work practice in health and mental health care settings, practice with families, adults, older adults, and courses that teach social work students about research and practice and program evaluation.



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
201C

Office Hours:

Spring 2018

By appointment

Campus Box Number:
70

Directory Profile

Bio:

Because I value social justice, empowerment, and self determination, I do community engaged research and that's why I'm a social worker.


Biography

Dr. Robinson has over 10 years of experience in research and teaching. Dr. Robinson has taught research, evaluation, human behavior, organizational behavior, social welfare policy and field education. 

Dr. Robinson is passionate about community engagement through community-based participatory approaches to research. Most recently, Dr. Robinson worked with family caregivers of older African American adults to develop a peer-to-peer supportive intervention.



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
201J

Office Hours:

Spring 2018

By appointment

Campus Box Number:
70

Directory Profile

Bio:

Because I value social justice and equality issues I strongly advocate to combat social injustices and that's why I'm a social worker


Areas of Research

Dr. LaTra's areas of interest and practice as a social work professional have included: juvenile and adult court ordered offenders, hostile and angry clients, female and juvenile sex offenders, incarcerated at-risk minority youth, overrepresentation of minorities in truancy and delinquency, mental health, invisible disabilities, strategies for resolving relationship disharmony, bisexuality issues, grassroots community organizations, and political advocacy work. 


Biography

Dr. LaTra Tracy Rogers, MSW, Ph.D. had been an affiliate faculty member at MSU Denver since the Fall of 2002 prior to beginning his doctoral program in the Fall of 2004. 

As a 1997 Criminal Justice and Criminology Alumni of Metropolitan State College of Denver (Now known as Metropolitan State University of Denver) Dr. LaTra is very committed to the University and its mission; first as a student, and now as a tenure track faculty member. Dr. LaTra started his teaching career as an Adjunct Faculty member (Now known as Affiliate Faculty) in the Social Work Department in the Fall of 2002. In the Fall of 2006, Dr. LaTra was recruited into the Faculty Recruitment Incentive Program (FRIP). The FRIP Program provided Dr. LaTra with reassigned time (3 credit hours each semester), financial support to be used towards dissertation expenses, and assured him a tenure-track line position when he finished his degree and upon his successful defense. In the Fall of 2008 Dr. LaTra transitioned into a tenure track position. In April of 2014 Dr. LaTra received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor of Social Work.



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
202D

Office Hours:

Spring 2018

By appointment

Campus Box Number:
70

Directory Profile

Bio:

Because I value treating all people with respect and empowering people I am a Clinical Field Faculty


Areas of Research

I have been working in the field for 25 years. I have focused on children, adolescents and families. I have been a supervisor and administrator in a variety of settings. My expertise is in supervising Social Workers and Interns, training people in using Solution Focused Brief Therapy and in Suicide Prevention.


Biography

Susie Ryder, LCSW, CAC I, MAC is a Clinical Field Faculty at Metropolitan State University of Denver.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Oberlin College.  She received her Master of Social Work Degree at Smith College School for Social Work.  She worked for 7 years at Cleo Wallace Centers in various positions including Inpatient Social Worker, Residential Clinician, Inpatient Manager and Clinical Director.  Susie then continued her work with children, adolescents and families at Mental Health Partners for 16 years.  At Mental Health Partners, she was the Solution Focused Therapy trainer for the center for several years.  Her most recent job at Mental Health Partners was as the Senior Program Manager for the Prevention/Intervention and School Based Programs in the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain School Districts with oversight of 35 therapists.  She has been a Faculty Field Advisor, Admissions Reader, Integrative Seminar co-leader and Lecturer in the Continuing Education for Advanced Clinician program at Smith College School for Social Work.  She currently serves on the board of a Suicide Prevention program for adolescents and offers presentations in Boulder county on this topic. She recently become the Metropolitan State University of Denver member on the Colorado Society for Clinical Social Work. 



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
201R

Office Hours:

Spring 2018

M: 10 AM to 12 PM, 1 PM to 3:30 PM

T: 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

And by appointment

Campus Box Number:
70

Directory Profile

Bio:

Because I value social justice and equality for all, I stay anchored in communities of practice, and never forget where I have come from and whose shoulders I stand on. That's why I'm a social work educator.


Areas of Research

My research interests are culturally responsive behavioral health, mental health, social work, social justice, and culturally responsive training.


Biography

Dr. Darlene Sampson has joined the Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Department of Social Work, after working as a Director of Culturally Responsive Education at Denver Public Schools. Her professional goal is to infuse Culturally Responsive consciousness, pedagogy, equity infusion, and systemic change. She has been a social worker, program manager, consultant, and educator for 30+ years. Her call to teaching, consulting, and community-based practice occurred as a result of the many mentors in her life who demonstrated excellence in regard to communities of color. In addition to many professional mentors, Darlene was influenced by her nine siblings, and the spiritual foundation instilled by her parents as a young child. Dr. Sampson has a Bachelor’s Degree in Rehabilitation and Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado, a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Denver, and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado Denver. Her research and published work has been focused in the areas of academic achievement specifically relating to Children of Color, Parent Involvement Programming, Culturally Responsive Social Work and Mental Health, and Culturally Responsive Curriculum and Teaching. In her spare time, Dr. Sampson travels abroad, enjoys her large extended family, loves to ride her cruiser bike, and enjoys nurturing her two grandchildren.

 



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
201X

Office Hours:

Spring 2018

By appointment

Campus Box Number:
70

Directory Profile

Bio:

Because I value social justice I engage in everyday activism and that's why I'm a social worker


Areas of Research

Kristin Scherrer has research and social work practice interests in aging and the life course, GLBTQ sexualities, and family relationships. 


Biography

Kristin Scherrer is an Associate Professor and BSSW Program Director in the Department of Social Work and has research and social work practice interests in aging and the life course, GLBTQ sexualities, and family relationships. Her social work practice experiences include work with GLBTQ individuals and their families, women and children who were victims of violence, and older adults and their families. Dr. Scherrer’s research examines how age, generation and cohort shape how individuals recognize themselves as having sexual minority identities and how these identities affect their family life. Most recently, she investigated how family relationships, and grandparent-grandchild relationships in particular, are affected by the discovery of a grandchild’s gay, lesbian bisexual or queer (GLBQ) sexual orientation. Ultimately, her research informs social work practice with intergenerational families, particularly regarding issues of sexuality.

Here at MSU Denver, Dr. Scherrer has taught courses on Privilege, Oppression and Power (BSSW), Introduction to Social Work (BSSW), Cross Cultural Practice (BSSW), Social Work with Women (BSSW), Social Work with Contemporary Gender and Sexuality Issues (BSSW) and Exploring Diversity (MSW). Dr. Scherrer also has teaching experiences with content areas such as foundation level social work practice, advanced clinical practice with older adults, GLBT issues, international social work, group dynamics, aging and gerontological services, program evaluation, and qualitative research.

Dr. Scherrer conducted her undergraduate work at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she received a BA in Sociology and Psychology, and her graduate work at the University of Michigan where she received her PhD in Social Work and Sociology, MSW and MA in Sociology. Dr. Scherrer is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in the state of Colorado. 



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
201K

Office Hours:

Spring 2018

T: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM, 2 PM to 5 PM

And by appointment

Campus Box Number:
70

Directory Profile

Bio:

Because I value the resiliency of the human spirit, I continue to do clinical practice and (hopefully) as a teacher, create the bridge between learning and understanding the knowledge needed, and the ability to put that knowledge into action. That is why I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Professor.


Area of Research

Religious and Cultural Tolerance in Northern Irish Participants; Impact of the Ulster Project Delaware (Cross-community Programs); Community and Sectarian Violence, especially with children and adolescents


Biography

Eileen Starr was born and raised in Newark, Delaware and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Delaware; Maryland; Colorado). She received her PhD and Master’s Degree in clinical social work from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania, and did her dissertation research in Northern Ireland. While in Northern Ireland, Eileen also facilitated seminars dealing with challenging families and children/adolescents in the Social Work Department at Queen’s University, Belfast, NI.

Eileen has been a community social work practitioner most of her career at Upper Bay Counseling and Support Services Inc. (UBCSS), a private, non-profit agency in Cecil and Harford Counties in Maryland. At UBCSS, Eileen developed and was the supervisor of the School Based Mental Health Program (SBMH). She continues her private practice through tele-psychiatry with Mid-Atlantic Behavioral Health (Delaware) on a part-time basis. Eileen has been an adjunct professor since 2000 teaching undergraduate and graduate social work classes at Widener University, Chester, Pa, Salisbury University, Md. and the University of Delaware in the sociology and criminal justice departments.

Eileen is behavioral in her teaching style and clinical work, describing her style as "very interactive in partnership with her students, clients & families to help them meet their goals established in the classroom and in the therapeutic process."  She believes a reciprocal therapeutic relationship cultivates the best possible outcomes in her students as well as her clients.

In her “off time,” Eileen enjoys outdoor recreation and has coached and officiated girls’ basketball at the Middle and High School levels, taking her High School teams as an assistant and head coach to regional and state championship games. She is hoping to coach again in the Denver area. 



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
201

Office Hours:

Spring 2018

By appointment only

Campus Box Number:
70

Directory Profile


Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
201N

Office Hours:

Spring 2018

Th: 11 AM to 2 PM

And by appointment

I'm glad to meet with you via phone, Skype, or in person, so don't hesitate to contact me to make an appointment

Campus Box Number:
70

Directory Profile

Bio:

Because I value family and belonging I do child welfare and that's why I'm a social worker!


Areas of Research

My career in social work is dedicated to child welfare with a focus on healing trauma, attachment, and permanency.


Biography

I am a full-time member of the faculty at MSU Denver, Department of Social Work. I have been practicing social work with a focus on child welfare since 1999. I earned a Master’s Degree (2001) and a PhD (2010) in Social Work, both from the University of Denver. My focus has been permanency and adoption. I have held a number of positions: caseworker, clinician, supervisor, research assistant, grant administrator for a Children’s Bureau federal demonstration project, and non-profit executive. 

My research is focused on children from vulnerable populations who have been displaced, disrupted, abused or who have otherwise experienced trauma. Framed by critical realism, my research relies heavily on recognizing the importance of embodiment and engagement as foundations for human relationships. My orienting research question has been to investigate how vulnerable children approach their performance of everyday life and orient themselves toward their possible futures. 

In November, 2015, I traveled with Dr. Jo Bailey and Dr. Dawn Matera Basset to Arad, Romania for a conference focused on developing the workforce in Romania to help with children who are in need of care. It was amazing to me to see the similarities and differences in our struggles to create healthy beginnings for children who, for whatever reason and through no fault of their own, find themselves in orphanages, group homes, or foster homes. The challenges of our filed are indeed intense. 

I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to be a part of your learning and professional development. I know you will change the world! 



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
201D

Office Hours:

Spring 2018

M: 4 PM to 5 PM

W: 4 PM to 5 PM

Th: 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

F: 8 AM to 9 AM (Virtual Office Hours)

Sat: 11 AM to 12 PM

And by appointment

Campus Box Number:
70

Directory Profile

Bio:

Because I value diversity, I make it a habit to stand in attention for the National Anthem of any country, and that is why I'm a beginning Global citizen


Areas of Research

My areas of research interest include psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of adult severe mental illness. I am also interested in Ancient Indian culture.


Biography

I am from India. I have been in the U.S. for the past 17 years. I have lived in different states in the U.S.: First in Illinois, where I obtained a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Then in West Virginia and Alabama, where I taught Social Work. Since the past two years I have been teaching Social Work here in Colorado. I have worked as a Psychiatric Social Worker in a General Hospital Psychiatric Unit in a rural medical college hospital in India. My area of research interest is social, psychological, and spiritual aspects of adult mental illnesses. I also have a Masters' in Social Work and an M. Phil Degree in Psychiatric Social Work from India. I enjoy playing tennis and learning to serve better there! 



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