Skip to Content

Mary Lou Killian Searles

Contributing Faculty

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Barbara Solomon School of Social Work

Degree Program Master of Social Work (MSW)

Dr Killian Searles' formal training is in both clinical social work and public policy. She has over 30 years' experience as a clinical social worker licensed in NJ (LCSW) working with individuals and families in a number of nonprofit settings. She has taught at the graduate level for 18 years. At Walden University, she teaches social work practice at the master's level.

Courses Taught

SOCW 6002 - Changing Lives

SOCW 6101 - Essential Skills for Social Work Practice


MSW, Rutgers University Graduate School of Social Work - New Brunswick, NJ United States

PhD, Temple University - Philadelphia, PA United States

Public Service

Garden State Equality, Volunteer - Asbury Park, NJ

Awards / Honors

Westbrook College of Health Professions Distinguished Teaching Award, University of New England, 2017


Killian Searles, M. (2010). The Political Is Personal: Relationship Recognition Policies in the United States and Their Impact on Services for LGBT People. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services.

Killian Searles, M., Bradley, C., Youdin, R., Killian Searles, M., Cleaveland, C., Barbera, R. A. (2007). Social Work Students and the Research Process: Exploring the Thinking, Feeling, and Doing of Research. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work.

Killian Searles, M. (2011). The Evolution of Forensic Social Work in the United States: Implications for 21st Century Practice. Journal of Forensic Social Work.


Killian Searles, M. (2018). Politics, Ethics and Social Work. l.

Killian Searles, M. (2015). Gender Bending. local university.