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Faculty & Staff


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

Director of School of Social Work and Associate 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.

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.

Armando Barragán, Ph.D., M.S.W. (University of Southern California)

Assistant Professor

Interests: Latino mental health, serious mental illnesses, treatment utilization and help-seeking, ethnic minority mental health disparities, and psychiatric epidemiology

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


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)

Title IV-E faculty

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

Susan Culbertson, MSW (San Diego State University)

Title IV-E Program 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 )


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

Shyra Harris, MSW, LCSW (CSUSB)

Pathway Distance Education M.S.W. Field 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.


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


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

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.

Michael Edwards, MSW (CSUSB)

Title IV-E Field Faculty

Interests: Child Welfare, Juvenile Probation, Transition Age Youth (TAY), Micro practice.

Nick Watson, MSW (San Diego State University)

Title IV-E Faculty

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

Melinda Corral, MSW (CSUSB)

Title IV-E Child Welfare Outreach Specialist

Interests: Program development, Non-Profit Management, Child Abuse prevention, Mental Health & Well-being, At-Risk Child Welfare, Community Engagement, and Grant Writing

Rigaud Joseph, Ph.D (Florida International University)

Assistant Professor

Interests: Poverty and social welfare policies, economic self-sufficiency among low-income families, evaluation of program effectiveness, children and youth well-being, theory and scale development, empowerment practice, and social advocacy.

Deirdre Lanesskog, Ph.D., M.P.A. (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Assistant Professor

Interests: Human service organizations & administration, human services work with immigrant clients, macro social work practice, immigration & social welfare policy, qualitative human services research

Stephanie Schneider, MSW


Interests: Child welfare, child abuse and neglect, technological innovation in social work practice, increasing technological self-efficacy in child protection work, organizational culture and policy.

Administrative Staff

Master's Program, Main School Office

Angela Garcia - Administrative Support Coordinator - II

VACANT - Administrative Support Assistant - II

Field Education Program Office (UEC)

Jolynne Morgan - Administrative Assistant

Title IV-E Grant & Bachelor's Program Office (UEC)

Angela Becktel - Administrative Assistant

Jordyn Ybarra - Administrative Assistant

Maria Roa - Administrative Assistant

Pathway Online Program Office (CEGE)

Paola Serrano-Montes - Administrative Assistant


Adjunct Faculty

  • Anderson, Kevin

  • Arkadie, Nicole

  • Bell, Christi

  • Bentley, Rachel

  • Bowman, Denise

  • Brown, Christine

  • Cunningham, Maryclaire

  • Deermer, Coleen

  • Elliott, Teri

  • Estrada, Rachel

  • Eskay, Carrie

  • Evans, R. Marlene

  • Fierro, Gus

  • Garcia, Jared

  • Gonzalez, Jose

  • Harris, Alicia

  • Jones, Paul

  • Macon-Richard, Ariel

  • Manio, Kurt

  • Murphy, Norina (Reis)

  • Richter, Sally

  • Schneider, Stephanie

  • Skenderian, Ann

  • Smith, Amanda

  • Sylvester, Heather

  • Turnbull, Kathy


Emeritus Faculty

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