Faculty & Staff


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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Jeannine Meza, MSW (University of Southern California)

Title IV-E Field Coordinator

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.

James Simon,  Ph.D., LCSW (University of Southern California)

Assistant Professor

Interests: Child protective services interventions and recidivism, Recurrence of maltreatment, Micro social work practice, Matching needs and services after a child abuse investigation, Family Preservation, Client engagement

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

Nick Watson, MSW (San Diego State University)

Title IV-E Faculty

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

MSW Admissions

Melinda Corral

MSW Admissions Coordinator, Pathway Distance Education Field Liasion

Administrative Staff

Andrew Copeland

Administrative Support Assistant

Angela Garcia

Administrative Support Coordinator

Title IV-E Program Staff

Angela Becktel

Administrative Support Assistant

Kristin Gray

Administrative Support Assistant

Paola Serrano-Montes

Administrative Support Assistant

Pathway Distance Education Program

Jolynne Morgan

Administrative Support Assistant

Joanne Reiter

Administrative Support Assistant

Adjunct Faculty

  • Rachel Estrada, MSW
  • Allan Rawland

Emeritus Faculty

  • Nancy Mary, D.S.W., UCLA (Los Angeles)
  • Rosemary McCaslin, Ph.D. (Chicago)