College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Deborah L. Word, PhD, MSW, LCSW, has served as Contributing Faculty member at Walden University since 2014. She lives in Jefferson City, MO and has over 20 years of teaching experience. She began teaching at University of Missouri-Columbia in 1996 and taught there until 2008. In 2008, she took a faculty position at Lincoln University and helped develop the now accredited BSW program. She has over 30 years of practice/management experience in the human services and child welfare. Her primary area of research is related to poverty, homelessness and child welfare. She has worked on service delivery teams and has developed relationships with a network of human service professionals and agencies to develop frameworks that promote positive and effective procedures for service delivery. As an academic, she has been actively involved in professional social work education and field work practice allowing her to prepare social work students for human service delivery. She has wide professional experience in designing educational curriculum related to interaction skills, social welfare, policy and clinical practice. She is actively involved in service in that she is on the board of the Children’s Services Federal Review Team, and serves as Chair for the board of the Rape and Abuse Crisis Shelter.