College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Social work practice has included work in health, mental health, and social service agencies. Some highlights were directing a Robert Wood Johnson project related to coordinating services for the health impaired elderly, serving as the director of social work in a large teaching hospital and serving as an international consultant that involved disseminating an evidence-based treatment model (Multi-Systemic Therapy, MST) for treating delinquent adolescents. While working for MST, I traveled to Europe quarterly for six years. I have taught social work courses and served as a field director/coordinator at social work programs in Texas, South Carolina, Illinois and Missouri. I currently teach online social work courses part-time and am serving as chairperson for a doctoral dissertation committee for a Walden University student.
I earned a BA from Chadron St. College, an MSW from the University of Iowa and a PhD in Sociology from the University of South Carolina in 2009. My research focused on delinquency in youth raised by grandparents and other older relatives. Most researchers focus on the young or the old. Since I have worked with both groups, I felt a calling to do this research.