Walden’s School of Social Work and Human Services features a distinguished faculty of scholars, researchers, and professionals with public and private sector experience who share a commitment to teaching. They blend academic theory with firsthand knowledge to enrich your learning experience and to broaden your perspectives on the latest issues and best practices. 

Read recent faculty accomplishments.

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Academic Leadership

Savitri Dixon-Saxon, Ph.D., North Carolina State University; M.Ed., B.A., University of South Carolina
Associate Dean, School of Social Work and Human Services and School of Counseling

Sally Brocksen, Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University; MSW, California State University, Sacramento; B.A., Mary Washington College 
Program Director, Social Work Programs

William Barkley, Ph.D., M.S., B.S.,Purdue University.
Program Director, Human Services Programs

Social Work and Human Services Faculty

George Ackerman, J.D., M.B.A., Nova Southeastern University; B.A., Florida Atlantic University

Binta Alleyne, Ph.D., University of Tennessee; M.A., B.A., Clark Atlanta University

Pablo Arriaza, Ph.D., The University of Alabama; B.S., MSW, Florida State University

George Ayers, D.S.W., Tulane University; M.S.S.W., Virginia Commonwealth University; B.S., The College of William & Mary

Barbara Benoliel, Ph.D., Walden University; M.S., Tel Aviv University, Israel; B.A., University of Toronto, Canada

Mary Bold, Ph.D., M.S., Texas Woman’s University; B.A., Syracuse University

Keith Bryett, Ph.D., Aberdeen University; B.A., University of Queensland, Australia

Marie Caputi, Ph.D., St. Louis University; M.S.S.W., Columbia University; A.B., Barnard College

Veronica Carey, Ph.D., Capella University; M.S., Lincoln University; B.A., University of Delaware

Marnie Carroll, Ph.D., University of Colorado; M.A., New York University; B.A., University of Northern Texas

James Castleberry, Ph.D., Capella University; M.S., Minnesota State University Mankato

Marlene Coach, Ed.D., University of Southern California, Los Angeles; MSW, Wayne State University; B.S., Eastern Michigan University

Victoria Coleman, Ed.D., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; M.S.Ed., Northern Illinois University; B.A., M.A., University of Iowa 

Pamela Denning, Ph.D., Capella University; MSW, East Carolina State University; B.S.W., North Carolina State University

Kimberly Farris, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin; MSW, Clark Atlanta University; B.A., University of Georgia

Andrew Forshee, Ph.D., Walden University; M.A., Pacific Oaks College; B.A., The Evergreen State College

Monica H. Gordon, Ph.D., The City University of New York; B.A., Brooklyn College

Sandra Harris, Ph.D., M.Ed., Auburn University

Randy Heinrich, Ph.D., University of Phoenix; M.Ed., Northern Arizona University

Scott Hershberger, Ph.D., M.A., Fordham University; B.A., Florida Atlantic University

Greg Hickman, Ph.D., M.S., B.A., The Ohio State University

Dawn M. Higgins, Ph.D., MSW, The Catholic University of America; B.S./A.B.A., Mount Saint Mary’s College

Jessica Jablonski, Psy.D., M.S., Chestnut Hill College; B.A., Montclair State University

M. Sebrena Jackson, Ph.D., MSW, Clark Atlanta University; B.S., Tuskegee University

Tracy Jackson, Ph.D., Capella University; MSW, Indiana University South Bend

Tina Jaeckle, Ph.D., M.S., Nova Southeastern University; B.S., Florida Southern College

Shari Jorissen, Ph.D., Ed.D., Walden University; M.S., University of Florida

Sylvia Kaneko, Ph.D., Smith College; MSW, University of Hawaii; B.A., University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill 

Brian Lam, Ph.D., Columbia University; MSW, B.A., California State University

Mary Larscheid, Ph.D., Capella University; MSW, University of Nebraska at Omaha; B.A., Augustana College

Donna M. McElveen, DSW Capella University; MSW, University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine University; B.A., Virginia Wesleyan College

Peter J. Meagher,  Ph.D., Bowling Green State University; MSW, University of Wisconsin-Madison; B.A., Lawrence University

Harriet Meek, Ph.D., MSW, Smith College; B.S., North Texas State University

Munira Merchant, Ph.D., University of Illinois; MSW, B.A., Bombay University

Frances Mills, Ph.D., MSW, University of South Carolina

Richard Percy, Ed.D., University of Virginia; M.S., B.A., Syracuse University

Michele Perepiczka, Ph.D., Texas A&M University; M.S., Texas Woman’s University; B.A., University of Texas at Dallas

Joanne Perry, Ph.D., University of Missouri; MSW, B.A., St. Louis University

Tracey Phillips, Ph.D., Regent University; MSW, University of South Carolina-Columbia

Sara-Beth Plummer, Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University; MSW, Adelphi University; B.A., University at Albany, State University of New York

Christine Racanelli, Ph.D., Walden University; MSW, New York University; B.A., Vassar College

Dorothy Scotten, Ph.D., Lesley University; MSW, Smith College

Gilbert Singletary, Ph.D., University of Kentucky; MSSW, University of Louisville; B.A., University of Kentucky

Kenneth Smith, Ph.D., Florida State University; M.S., University of Texas at Austin; B.A., Southwest Texas State University

Curt Sobolewski,  Ph.D., Arizona State University; M.S., Baylor University; B.A., Indiana University

Elaine Spaulding, MSW, Ph.D., Smith College; A.B., Wheaton College

Morton Teicher, Ph.D., University of Toronto, Canada; MSW, University of Pennsylvania; B.S., The City College of The City University of New York

Teresa (Terry) Tirrito, Ph.D., Fordham University; MSW, Adelphi University

Eric Youn, Ph.D., M.S., University of Texas; B.A., University of Houston