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Raquel Warley

Contributing Faculty

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Barbara Solomon School of Social Work

Degree Program Doctor of Social Work (DSW)

Dr. Warley is a Contributing Faculty Member in Walden University's Social Work & Human Services programs. She received a bachelor of arts degree in forensic psychology from John Jay College School of Criminal Justice in 1993. Following her undergraduate studies she obtained three graduate degrees: a masters of arts in criminal justice (John Jay College, 1995), a masters of social work (Hunter College, 2002), and a masters of philosophy (City University of New York, 2006). In May 2009, she completed her doctorate degree in social welfare at the City University of New York.

From 2008 until 2017, Dr. Warley was on faculty in the School of Social Work at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA). During her tenure at CSULA, she also served in the roles of Interim Director of Field Education and BSW Program Director. Currently, she is also on faculty at Mercy College in New York. At Mercy College, she is an Associate Professor and Director of the undergraduate Social Work program. Just prior to joining the Mercy College community, Dr. Warley was the chief administrator for the Office of Field Education in the School of Social Work Administration for Adelphi University. In that capacity, she monitored social work practica for 500 students doing internships at 400+ social service and mental health agencies across New York and in seven other states. In addition, she managed a group of 70 faculty as well as professional and support staff members.

In 2010, Dr. Warley established a non-profit youth-based program, F.I.T. Camp, which featured systematic physical training and nutrition education as a means to building self-efficacy, enhancing problem-solving skills, and raising personal consciousness among disadvantaged youth. In 2016, F.I.T. Camp was piloted at Ralph Bunche Middle School in Compton, California.

Aside from her experience as an academician and administrator, Dr. Warley has two decades of clinical and research experience. Notably, from 2002 until 2008, she was a clinician for the Employee Assistance Program at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Mount Sinai Medical Center is one of the largest employers in New York City, with a workforce of more than 15,000 individuals. In her capacity as an “organizational”/clinical social worker for the Human Resources Department, she provided supportive, psychological, and crisis counseling as well as referral services to employees of the hospital. In addition, she trained and aided managers in identifying performance-based indicators and intervening effectively with impaired and high-risk employees.

Dr. Warley also served as a forensic examiner for the Pasadena Juvenile Court and a consultant on the Education-Based Incarceration program in the Offender Services Bureau for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

For examples of her scholarship & publications, see:


Warley, R., Thomas, D., & Harris, M. (2014). F.I.T. Camp: A biopsychosocial model of positive youth development for at-risk adolescents. In H. Matto, J. Strolin-Goltzman, & M. Ballan (Eds.), Neuroscience for social work: Current research and practice. New York, NY: Springer Publishing.

Warley, R. (2013). The future of human resources: A promising model of EAP practice. In M. A. Pauldi (Ed.), Psychology for business success. New York, NY: Praeger.

Warley, R. (2012). Impact of correctional staff attitudes on inmate education. In A. Normore & B. Fitch (Eds.), Education-based incarceration and recidivism: The ultimate social justice crime-fighting tool, pp. 83-104. Scottsdale, AZ: Information Age Publishing, Inc..

Warley, R., Coatta, K., Harris, M. & Aiko, E. (2012). F.I.T. Camp: Using an intervention research model for design and development of optimum programming for disadvantaged youth. International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society, 2 (1).

Warley, R. (2011). Juvenile homicide: Fatal assault or lethal intent? El Paso, TX: LFB Publishing.

Warley, R. and Hughes, D. (2010). Core technology, professional engagement, and employee assistance practice. Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health, 25 (3), 201-217.

Warley, R. and Elkin, C. (2005). Can EAPs help the working poor? Journal of Employee Assistance, 35 (2), 15-17.

Warley, R. (2004). Assessment in an EAP setting. Journal of Employee Assistance, 34 (1), 7-9.

Crimmins, S., Cleary, S., Brownstein, H., Spunt, B., & Warley, R. (2000). Trauma, drugs, and violence among juvenile offenders. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 32 (1), 43-54.

Brownstein, H., Crimmins, S., Ryder, J., Warley, R., & Spunt, B. (2000). Prior involvement with drugs, illegal activities, groups, and guns among a sample of young homicide offenders. In P.H. Blackman, V.L. Leggett, B.L. Olson, & J.P. Jarvis (Eds.), The varieties of homicide and its research: Proceedings of the 1999 meeting of the homicide research working group (pp. 91-104). Washington, D.C.: Federal Bureau of Investigations.

Over the years, she has presented and been an invited guest speaker at many academic and professional conferences across the United States. In addition she has been featured on GradSchool.com (http://www.gradschools.com/masters/social-work/self-care-advice-from-a-social-worker) and Psychology.org (https://www.psychology.org/experts/) promoting social work education.

Dr. Warley brings to her position at Walden University a strong record of practice, teaching, scholarship, and leadership. Her purpose and passion lies in social work service and education. During her career, she has cared for and encouraged the growth of hundreds of students at the BSW, MSW, and doctorate levels.