Deborah Rejent

Contributing Faculty
College of Social and Behavioral Health
Barbara Solomon School of Social Work
Master of Social Work (MSW)

Dr. Rejent's academic career includes more than 32 years of teaching in graduate social work programs (in public, private, and faith-based sectors). She was Associate Dean at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and was Founding Director of the MSW program at Quinnipiac University. She has been a contributing faculty member at Walden University since 2015 and she teaches clinical electives. Her Master's and PhD degrees in social work are from Columbia University and she has extensive post-graduate training (for example, a 3-year program in psychotherapy and a 6-year program in psychoanalysis) and more than 40 years of practice experience in clinical treatment, supervision and administration in a wide range of programs (in addition to private practice), such as a residential treatment center for children, a hospital out-patient unit, a medical adult day care program, a college counseling center, and a community mental health clinic serving the chronically mentally ill. She is licensed as a social worker at the highest clinical level in New York (LCSW-R) and Maryland (LCSW-C). Her current interests include mindfulness-based interventions and incorporating the DSM-5 into social work education and practice. She is also a registered yoga teacher and use yoga and meditation for stress-reduction clinical programs.

Courses Taught

SOCW 8110 - Advanced Social Work

SOCW 6111 - Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice

SOCW 6090 - Psychopathology

SOCW 6446 - SW Practice with Children and Adolescents

SOCW 6456 - SW Practice with Couples and Families


PhD, Columbia University

MSW, Columbia University

MA, University of California, Los Angeles