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Dean

  • Patrick Bordnick

    Dr. Bordnick is the Dean of the Tulane University School of Social Work.  Dr. Bordnick is a pioneer in the use of virtual reality for substance abuse assessment and intervention. The hallmark of his work has led to improvements in teaching, research therapies and integrated healthcare.

    In 2018, as part of the Not Impossible Awards, Dr. Bordnick was awarded the Blue Cross-Blue Shield Association sponsored Faces of the Fearless Healthcare Innovation Award. The submissions, named VR-Project Δ (Delta) and VR-Qualis Est Vita (Quality of Life), are being developed by Dr. Patrick Bordnick, dean and professor from the Tulane School of Social Work. VR-Project Δ will put patients into realistic virtual worlds using smartphone-based virtual reality, recreating situations that identify and trigger cravings akin to drug and alcohol addiction. This tool allows for individualized patient diagnostics and aids in treatment by teaching coping mechanisms to avoid relapse. The other application, VR-Qualis Est Vita, uses virtual reality to help people with autism develop interpersonal skills.

    Quote:  “This is not rocket science, we have the technology and the evidence based interventions, now let’s work together to use VR to improve quality of life for millions of people!”   Bordnick, 2016

  • Patrick Bordnick, PhD, MPH, LCSW

    Dean

    Dr. Bordnick is the Dean of the Tulane University School of Social Work.  Dr. Bordnick is a pioneer in the use of virtual reality for substance abuse assessment and intervention. The hallmark of his work has led to improvements in teaching, research therapies and integrated healthcare.

    In 2018, as part of the Not Impossible Awards, Dr. Bordnick was awarded the Blue Cross-Blue Shield Association sponsored Faces of the Fearless Healthcare Innovation Award. The submissions, named VR-Project Δ (Delta) and VR-Qualis Est Vita (Quality of Life), are being developed by Dr. Patrick Bordnick, dean and professor from the Tulane School of Social Work. VR-Project Δ will put patients into realistic virtual worlds using smartphone-based virtual reality, recreating situations that identify and trigger cravings akin to drug and alcohol addiction. This tool allows for individualized patient diagnostics and aids in treatment by teaching coping mechanisms to avoid relapse. The other application, VR-Qualis Est Vita, uses virtual reality to help people with autism develop interpersonal skills.

    Quote:  “This is not rocket science, we have the technology and the evidence based interventions, now let’s work together to use VR to improve quality of life for millions of people!”   Bordnick, 2016

  • bordnick@tulane.edu

Executive Team

  • Joan Blakey Headshot

    Dr. Joan Blakey is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Tulane School of Social Work. She attended the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where she received both her Bachelor of Science degree in African American Studies, Sociology, and Youth Studies and Masters of Social Work degree. As an IV-E scholar, Joan Blakey worked as a child protection worker with Hennepin County and policy specialist with the State of Minnesota. She received her Doctorate from the University of Chicago. While completing her doctorate, she received several prestigious dissertation fellowships. The most notable was the Minority Fellowship Program supported through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

    Dr. Joan M. Blakey’s primary research interests focus on trauma and substance abuse among women who are involved with the child protection and criminal justice systems. Her ultimate goal is to understand the healing and recovery process for women with histories of complex trauma and assist with the development of trauma-informed organizations and systems of care.

    Dr. Blakey's most recent project focuses on women who have histories of prostitution/sex-trafficking. She is working with women incarcerated at a County jail as well as women receiving social services from a non-profit agency. The purposes of this study are to understand the experiences of women who often have complex histories of trauma; identify the pathways that lead to their involvement with prostitution and sex trafficking, the kinds of services and community linkages women need to heal and recover; and identify best practices for service providers and law enforcement when working with women who have histories of prostitution/sex-trafficking.

    One of her other research projects consisted of working with a suburban school district to understand why African American students are performing 1-2-grade levels below other students as well as receive more referrals for disciplinary issues. In this study, her interdisciplinary team looked at trauma, microaggressions, stress and coping among African American middle and high school students. They also conducted focus groups with African American students and parents of African American children, in-depth interviews with administrators and support staff, and surveys with teachers.

  • Joan Blakey, PhD

    Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

    Dr. Joan Blakey is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Tulane School of Social Work. She attended the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where she received both her Bachelor of Science degree in African American Studies, Sociology, and Youth Studies and Masters of Social Work degree. As an IV-E scholar, Joan Blakey worked as a child protection worker with Hennepin County and policy specialist with the State of Minnesota. She received her Doctorate from the University of Chicago. While completing her doctorate, she received several prestigious dissertation fellowships. The most notable was the Minority Fellowship Program supported through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

    Dr. Joan M. Blakey’s primary research interests focus on trauma and substance abuse among women who are involved with the child protection and criminal justice systems. Her ultimate goal is to understand the healing and recovery process for women with histories of complex trauma and assist with the development of trauma-informed organizations and systems of care.

    Dr. Blakey's most recent project focuses on women who have histories of prostitution/sex-trafficking. She is working with women incarcerated at a County jail as well as women receiving social services from a non-profit agency. The purposes of this study are to understand the experiences of women who often have complex histories of trauma; identify the pathways that lead to their involvement with prostitution and sex trafficking, the kinds of services and community linkages women need to heal and recover; and identify best practices for service providers and law enforcement when working with women who have histories of prostitution/sex-trafficking.

    One of her other research projects consisted of working with a suburban school district to understand why African American students are performing 1-2-grade levels below other students as well as receive more referrals for disciplinary issues. In this study, her interdisciplinary team looked at trauma, microaggressions, stress and coping among African American middle and high school students. They also conducted focus groups with African American students and parents of African American children, in-depth interviews with administrators and support staff, and surveys with teachers.

  • jblakey1@tulane.edu
  • Reggie Ferreira

    Reggie Ferreira, PhD, Associate Professor Tulane University School of Social Work, is the program director of the Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy. His research focuses on the intersection of climate change, mental health and resilience, with work conducted in Europe, Africa, North America and South Asia. Over the past decade, he has been involved with several disaster risk reduction and resilience projects totaling over $25 million in federal and foundation funding. He currently serves as the editor for the American Psychological Association’s, Traumatology journal focused on resilience practices amongst traumatized individuals, families and communities. His work has appeared in national and international peer reviewed outlets and most recently in popular media such as CNN, Rolling Stone, HBO/VICE, Reuters, Medscape, NPR and USA Today. Reggie originally hails from South Africa.

  • Reggie Ferreira, PhD

    Program Director of Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy and Associate Professor

    Reggie Ferreira, PhD, Associate Professor Tulane University School of Social Work, is the program director of the Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy. His research focuses on the intersection of climate change, mental health and resilience, with work conducted in Europe, Africa, North America and South Asia. Over the past decade, he has been involved with several disaster risk reduction and resilience projects totaling over $25 million in federal and foundation funding. He currently serves as the editor for the American Psychological Association’s, Traumatology journal focused on resilience practices amongst traumatized individuals, families and communities. His work has appeared in national and international peer reviewed outlets and most recently in popular media such as CNN, Rolling Stone, HBO/VICE, Reuters, Medscape, NPR and USA Today. Reggie originally hails from South Africa.

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  • She earned her Ph.D. from the Tulane School of Social Work in 2009, and her MSSW degree from the University of Tennessee. Since 1999, Dr. Gillis has focused her teaching efforts on field education, methods of practice, learning and research for practice, and preparing students to complete the professional project. Students at the Tulane School of Social Work have to complete 990 hours at a field placement in order to receive their master's degree. Heather coordinates not only the placement process but also works with community organizations to ensure they are paired with the correct student to meet both of their needs. Dr. Gillis is a licensed clinical social worker and a board-approved clinical supervisor who has worked in direct practice for more than 20 years.

  • Heather Gillis, PhD, MSSW

    Clinical Assistant Professor at the Tulane School of Social Work

    She earned her Ph.D. from the Tulane School of Social Work in 2009, and her MSSW degree from the University of Tennessee. Since 1999, Dr. Gillis has focused her teaching efforts on field education, methods of practice, learning and research for practice, and preparing students to complete the professional project. Students at the Tulane School of Social Work have to complete 990 hours at a field placement in order to receive their master's degree. Heather coordinates not only the placement process but also works with community organizations to ensure they are paired with the correct student to meet both of their needs. Dr. Gillis is a licensed clinical social worker and a board-approved clinical supervisor who has worked in direct practice for more than 20 years.

  • hgillis@tulane.edu
  • Tonya Cross Hansel

    Tonya Cross Hansel is a social worker with expertise in research, statistics, disaster mental health, trauma, and maximizing outcomes for social service agencies. Dr. Hansel’s interest in research began as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer, where she helped coordinate research addressing the social problems associated with transmission of HIV and AIDS in the Gambia West Africa. 

     Following her service, she attended Tulane University, completing her PhD in Social Work and broadened her research to include terrorism and its impact on divorce rates. Dr. Hansel joined the faculty of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Department of Psychiatry in 2007 and held the titles of Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Evaluation and Research. Her research efforts center on evaluation of general trauma services, disaster response work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and toward a better understanding of technological disaster following the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill. 

    Dr. Hansel also holds an adjunct appointment with the Tulane University School of Social Work, where she teaches a series of master-level research courses and applied social statistics for the doctorate program.  Together these experiences have allowed Dr. Hansel to focus on measuring traumatic experiences and implementing systematic recovery initiatives that are effective at reducing negative symptoms, but also at emphasizing the importance of individual and community strengths that contribute to recovery. As the DSW Program Director with the Tulane University School of Social Work, Dr. Hansel plans to extend these research methods and data analytic techniques to the doctoral program curriculum, creating a practical foundation for the future of applied researchers.

  • Tonya Hansel, PhD, LMSW

    DSW Program Director

    Tonya Cross Hansel is a social worker with expertise in research, statistics, disaster mental health, trauma, and maximizing outcomes for social service agencies. Dr. Hansel’s interest in research began as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer, where she helped coordinate research addressing the social problems associated with transmission of HIV and AIDS in the Gambia West Africa. 

     Following her service, she attended Tulane University, completing her PhD in Social Work and broadened her research to include terrorism and its impact on divorce rates. Dr. Hansel joined the faculty of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Department of Psychiatry in 2007 and held the titles of Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Evaluation and Research. Her research efforts center on evaluation of general trauma services, disaster response work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and toward a better understanding of technological disaster following the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill. 

    Dr. Hansel also holds an adjunct appointment with the Tulane University School of Social Work, where she teaches a series of master-level research courses and applied social statistics for the doctorate program.  Together these experiences have allowed Dr. Hansel to focus on measuring traumatic experiences and implementing systematic recovery initiatives that are effective at reducing negative symptoms, but also at emphasizing the importance of individual and community strengths that contribute to recovery. As the DSW Program Director with the Tulane University School of Social Work, Dr. Hansel plans to extend these research methods and data analytic techniques to the doctoral program curriculum, creating a practical foundation for the future of applied researchers.

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  • Mel'isa Morel

    Born and raised in Canada, Mel’isa has lived in several states before moving to Louisiana in 2009 from California where she spent seven years supporting the head of the behavioral health division of United Health Care.  Upon arriving in Louisiana, Mel’isa joined the Department of Surgery at Tulane, first as the Chairman’s assistant and then as the resident coordinator for nearly two years. She was been with the School of Social Work since December 2016.  Mel’isa lives in Slidell with her husband, JP.

  • Mel'isa Morel

    Executive Assistant to the Dean

    Born and raised in Canada, Mel’isa has lived in several states before moving to Louisiana in 2009 from California where she spent seven years supporting the head of the behavioral health division of United Health Care.  Upon arriving in Louisiana, Mel’isa joined the Department of Surgery at Tulane, first as the Chairman’s assistant and then as the resident coordinator for nearly two years. She was been with the School of Social Work since December 2016.  Mel’isa lives in Slidell with her husband, JP.

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  • Arturo Rodriguez has worked in higher education for over 20 years. Prior to coming to the Tulane School of Social Work, Arturo served in a range of administrative positions at the University of Miami, Florida International University and Claremont Graduate University. Arturo’s core expertise includes full strategic and operational control over budget development and management, expenditure control and forecasting, financing activities, accounting, reporting, enterprise risk management, audits, sponsored research, policy development, administrative services, on-campus business services, business planning and decision support. Arturo earned his B.A. in anthropology from the University of Miami, and subsequently completed his M.P.H. in epidemiology at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Arturo continued his studies at Florida International University where he earned his Ph.D. with a concentration in health promotion and disease prevention. Afterwards, he earned his M.B.A. with concentrations in management and strategy from the Peter Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.

     

  • Arturo Rodriguez, PhD, MPH, MBA

    Assistant Dean of Finance and Administration

    Arturo Rodriguez has worked in higher education for over 20 years. Prior to coming to the Tulane School of Social Work, Arturo served in a range of administrative positions at the University of Miami, Florida International University and Claremont Graduate University. Arturo’s core expertise includes full strategic and operational control over budget development and management, expenditure control and forecasting, financing activities, accounting, reporting, enterprise risk management, audits, sponsored research, policy development, administrative services, on-campus business services, business planning and decision support. Arturo earned his B.A. in anthropology from the University of Miami, and subsequently completed his M.P.H. in epidemiology at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Arturo continued his studies at Florida International University where he earned his Ph.D. with a concentration in health promotion and disease prevention. Afterwards, he earned his M.B.A. with concentrations in management and strategy from the Peter Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.

     

  • arodriguez4@tulane.edu
  • 504-247-1451

Faculty

  • Richard D. Ager, PhD, LCSW, Associate Professor - Tulane School of Social Work

    Dr. Ager's major areas of interest and research expertise are substance abuse, treatment outcome, family practice, and teaching/training counselors and students in evidence-based practices. As Director of the Porter Cason Institute, Ager facilitates the development and provision of training in advanced family practice to students, faculty and community practitioners. As Director of the Center for Life Long Learning, Ager brings in expert speakers to provide workshops to help social workers keep abreast of current practices in the field. Ager's current research interest focuses on adapting an evidence-based practice employed in substance abuse to intimate partner violence. Dr. Ager's teaching background includes clinical and community practice, organizational theory, family practice, human behavior and the social environment, qualitative research, and addictions.

  • Richard D. Ager, PhD, LCSW

    Associate Professor

    Dr. Ager's major areas of interest and research expertise are substance abuse, treatment outcome, family practice, and teaching/training counselors and students in evidence-based practices. As Director of the Porter Cason Institute, Ager facilitates the development and provision of training in advanced family practice to students, faculty and community practitioners. As Director of the Center for Life Long Learning, Ager brings in expert speakers to provide workshops to help social workers keep abreast of current practices in the field. Ager's current research interest focuses on adapting an evidence-based practice employed in substance abuse to intimate partner violence. Dr. Ager's teaching background includes clinical and community practice, organizational theory, family practice, human behavior and the social environment, qualitative research, and addictions.

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  • Dr. Baus has practice experience in clinical social work, clinical supervision, research and administration. She currently teaches in the areas of critical thinking, team building, evidence-based practice, knowledge generation in social work (qualitative and quantitative research methods), data analysis and preparing students to complete the professional project. Her primary research interests are adult cognitive development and learning innovations in social work education, and curriculum development and evaluation.

  • Stephanie Baus, PhD, MSW

    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Dr. Baus has practice experience in clinical social work, clinical supervision, research and administration. She currently teaches in the areas of critical thinking, team building, evidence-based practice, knowledge generation in social work (qualitative and quantitative research methods), data analysis and preparing students to complete the professional project. Her primary research interests are adult cognitive development and learning innovations in social work education, and curriculum development and evaluation.

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  •  Candice C Beasley, DSW, LCSW, Administrative Assistant Professor - Tulane School of Social Work

    Professor Candice C. Beasley, DSW, LCSW-BACS, earned her MSW from the University of Oklahoma at Tulsa in 2011 and has been a social work practitioner for more than 10 years. Dr. Beasley has publication and curriculum creating experience, having recently co-created the Ubuntu Program for Emotional Wellness, through Pfizer and Take Action For Health, with Dr. Marva L. Lewis of Tulane University. She has extensive experience in Child Welfare, Social Work and the Courts, Domestic Violence and Medical Social Work. Dr. Beasley is also a 2017 Doctorate of Social Work graduate from TSSW and lives in New Orleans with her 6-year-old son, Cameron.

  • Candice C. Beasley, DSW, LCSW-BACS

    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Professor Candice C. Beasley, DSW, LCSW-BACS, earned her MSW from the University of Oklahoma at Tulsa in 2011 and has been a social work practitioner for more than 10 years. Dr. Beasley has publication and curriculum creating experience, having recently co-created the Ubuntu Program for Emotional Wellness, through Pfizer and Take Action For Health, with Dr. Marva L. Lewis of Tulane University. She has extensive experience in Child Welfare, Social Work and the Courts, Domestic Violence and Medical Social Work. Dr. Beasley is also a 2017 Doctorate of Social Work graduate from TSSW and lives in New Orleans with her 6-year-old son, Cameron.

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  • Crystal Broussard, Ph.D., LCSW, MSW, Administrative Assistant Professor - Tulane School of Social Work

    Crystal Broussard earned her PhD (2016) and MSW (2003) at The University of Alabama. She practiced several years in hospital and hospice social work in Baltimore, MD, Birmingham, AL, and New Orleans. Crystal's clinical experience inspired her research interests in care transitions, gerontology, oncology, end of life, and social work in health care settings. Crystal received an American Cancer Society doctoral training grant to support her research in care transitions in outpatient cancer centers. She focused on psychosocial care during curative treatment and during transitions to hospice care including social work roles and interdisciplinary communication. Recently, Crystal has focused on social work leadership in medical settings and expanding advance care planning and palliative care in New Orleans.

  • Crystal Broussard, PhD, LCSW

    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Crystal Broussard earned her PhD (2016) and MSW (2003) at The University of Alabama. She practiced several years in hospital and hospice social work in Baltimore, MD, Birmingham, AL, and New Orleans. Crystal's clinical experience inspired her research interests in care transitions, gerontology, oncology, end of life, and social work in health care settings. Crystal received an American Cancer Society doctoral training grant to support her research in care transitions in outpatient cancer centers. She focused on psychosocial care during curative treatment and during transitions to hospice care including social work roles and interdisciplinary communication. Recently, Crystal has focused on social work leadership in medical settings and expanding advance care planning and palliative care in New Orleans.

  • cbroussard@tulane.edu
  • 504-247-1448
  • Dr. Burnette was drawn to health disparities research related to Indigenous Peoples (e.g. Native American, American Indian, Alaska Native, and/or Native Hawaiian in the U.S.) due to many of the distinct strengths demonstrated by these peoples as well as the high disparities related to violence, mental, and physical health. Her work began with an exploration on how a non-Indigenous person, such as herself could work as an ally to contribute toward culturally sensitive, beneficial, and ethical research with these peoples. After conducting research on “how to conduct culturally sensitive research” she began working with tribes of the Southeast to address disparities in violence, mental health, substance abuse and health. Her work now extends cross-nationally. Given there has been a lack of culturally relevant frameworks to explain disparities, she has worked in collaboration with tribes to develop the ecological “Framework of Historical Oppression, Resilience, and Transcendence”, which identifies and organizes culturally relevant risk and protective factors across community, family, and individual levels to understand how, despite experiencing centuries of historical oppression and trauma, Indigenous peoples recover from, demonstrate resilience in response to, and transcend oppression and other forms of adversity.

    Since coming to Tulane in 2013, she has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and presented at over 30 national and international conferences on such topics. She is a recipient of the National Institutes of Health loan repayment program and has been involved in federally-funded research to address violence and health disparities using culturally relevant intervention approaches.

    Interests

    After completing extensive grant-funded cross-tribal research to identify culturally relevant risk and protective factors related to violence and health disparities, Dr. Burnette now works to develop a culturally adapted evidenced-based program (EBP) to prevent substance abuse and violence among Indigenous peoples using a family resilience and culturally grounded intervention program. She hopes to evaluate the effectiveness of this program, providing culturally grounded EBPs for Indigenous peoples. She also works to identify social and cultural determinants of health related to the health disparities of diabetes and related disorders (e.g., cardiovascular disease), cancer, in addition to mental health and substance abuse. Dr. Burnette approaches this work using a wellness approach, incorporating mental, physical, social, and spiritual aspects of health. Implications for Theory, Research, and Practice: This research will develop innovative, culturally relevant, and culturally grounded intervention programs to prevent and treat the epidemic rates of violence, substance abuse, mental, and physical health disparities experienced by U.S. Indigenous populations. By focusing on risk and protective factors across societal/community, familial, and individual levels, a holistic understanding will be gained. Finally, by developing an intervention model of family resilience, this research aligns with the centrality of family in Indigenous support systems, and builds upon existing strengths within this underserved population.

    Scholarly Works

    Burnette, C. E. (2016). Historical oppression and Indigenous families: Uncovering potential risk factors for Indigenous families touched by violence. Family Relations, 65(2), 354-368. Doi: 10.1111/fare.12191 Burnette. C. E. & Figley, C. R. (2017). Historical Oppression, resilience, and Transcendence: Can a holistic framework help explain violence experienced by Indigenous peoples’? Social Work 62 (1), 37-44. doi: 10.1093/sw/sww065 Burnette, C.E. *Clark. B., & Rodning, C. B. (2018). “Living Off The Land”: How Subsistence Promotes Well-Being and Resilience Among Indigenous Peoples of the U.S. Southeast. Social Service Review, 93 (3), 369-400. Burnette, C. E., Boel-Studt, S., Renner, L. M., Figley, C. R., Theall, K. P., *Miller Scarnato, J. & Billiot, S. (2019). The Family Resilience Inventory: A Culturally Grounded Measure of Intergenerational Family Protective Factors. (Early View/Advance online). Family Process, doi: 10.1111/famp.12423 McKinley, C. E., Boel-Studt, S., Renner, L. M., Figley, C. R., Billiot, S., & Theall, K. (In Press). The Historical Oppression Scale: Preliminary Conceptualization and Measurement of Historical Oppression among Indigenous Peoples of the United States. Transcultural Psychiatry

    Areas of Expertise

    Health Disparities Individual Resilience Family Resilience Community Resilience Substance Abuse Intervention Research Wellness and Holistic Approaches to Health Historical Oppression and Historical Trauma

    Courses

    Family Trauma, SOWK 2100(online course and hybrid versions), Tulane University School of Social Work, New Orleans, LA, 2016-2017 Diversity and Social Justice Theory & Practice, SOWK 7130, Tulane University School of Social Work, New Orleans, LA, 2014-present Theory II:  Theories of Human Behavior II, SOWK 7220, Tulane University School of Social Work, New Orleans, LA, 2014-present Theory I:  Theories of Human Behavior I, SOWK 7210, Tulane University School of Social Work, New Orleans, LA, 2013-present

    Education and Affiliations

    PhD, School of Social Work, University of Iowa MSW, School of Social Work, University of Iowa BA, Department of Psychology, University of Iowa

  • Catherine McKinley (formerly Burnette), PhD, LMSW

    Associate Professor

    Dr. Burnette was drawn to health disparities research related to Indigenous Peoples (e.g. Native American, American Indian, Alaska Native, and/or Native Hawaiian in the U.S.) due to many of the distinct strengths demonstrated by these peoples as well as the high disparities related to violence, mental, and physical health. Her work began with an exploration on how a non-Indigenous person, such as herself could work as an ally to contribute toward culturally sensitive, beneficial, and ethical research with these peoples. After conducting research on “how to conduct culturally sensitive research” she began working with tribes of the Southeast to address disparities in violence, mental health, substance abuse and health. Her work now extends cross-nationally. Given there has been a lack of culturally relevant frameworks to explain disparities, she has worked in collaboration with tribes to develop the ecological “Framework of Historical Oppression, Resilience, and Transcendence”, which identifies and organizes culturally relevant risk and protective factors across community, family, and individual levels to understand how, despite experiencing centuries of historical oppression and trauma, Indigenous peoples recover from, demonstrate resilience in response to, and transcend oppression and other forms of adversity.

    Since coming to Tulane in 2013, she has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and presented at over 30 national and international conferences on such topics. She is a recipient of the National Institutes of Health loan repayment program and has been involved in federally-funded research to address violence and health disparities using culturally relevant intervention approaches.

    Interests

    After completing extensive grant-funded cross-tribal research to identify culturally relevant risk and protective factors related to violence and health disparities, Dr. Burnette now works to develop a culturally adapted evidenced-based program (EBP) to prevent substance abuse and violence among Indigenous peoples using a family resilience and culturally grounded intervention program. She hopes to evaluate the effectiveness of this program, providing culturally grounded EBPs for Indigenous peoples. She also works to identify social and cultural determinants of health related to the health disparities of diabetes and related disorders (e.g., cardiovascular disease), cancer, in addition to mental health and substance abuse. Dr. Burnette approaches this work using a wellness approach, incorporating mental, physical, social, and spiritual aspects of health. Implications for Theory, Research, and Practice: This research will develop innovative, culturally relevant, and culturally grounded intervention programs to prevent and treat the epidemic rates of violence, substance abuse, mental, and physical health disparities experienced by U.S. Indigenous populations. By focusing on risk and protective factors across societal/community, familial, and individual levels, a holistic understanding will be gained. Finally, by developing an intervention model of family resilience, this research aligns with the centrality of family in Indigenous support systems, and builds upon existing strengths within this underserved population.

    Scholarly Works

    Burnette, C. E. (2016). Historical oppression and Indigenous families: Uncovering potential risk factors for Indigenous families touched by violence. Family Relations, 65(2), 354-368. Doi: 10.1111/fare.12191 Burnette. C. E. & Figley, C. R. (2017). Historical Oppression, resilience, and Transcendence: Can a holistic framework help explain violence experienced by Indigenous peoples’? Social Work 62 (1), 37-44. doi: 10.1093/sw/sww065 Burnette, C.E. *Clark. B., & Rodning, C. B. (2018). “Living Off The Land”: How Subsistence Promotes Well-Being and Resilience Among Indigenous Peoples of the U.S. Southeast. Social Service Review, 93 (3), 369-400. Burnette, C. E., Boel-Studt, S., Renner, L. M., Figley, C. R., Theall, K. P., *Miller Scarnato, J. & Billiot, S. (2019). The Family Resilience Inventory: A Culturally Grounded Measure of Intergenerational Family Protective Factors. (Early View/Advance online). Family Process, doi: 10.1111/famp.12423 McKinley, C. E., Boel-Studt, S., Renner, L. M., Figley, C. R., Billiot, S., & Theall, K. (In Press). The Historical Oppression Scale: Preliminary Conceptualization and Measurement of Historical Oppression among Indigenous Peoples of the United States. Transcultural Psychiatry

    Areas of Expertise

    Health Disparities Individual Resilience Family Resilience Community Resilience Substance Abuse Intervention Research Wellness and Holistic Approaches to Health Historical Oppression and Historical Trauma

    Courses

    Family Trauma, SOWK 2100(online course and hybrid versions), Tulane University School of Social Work, New Orleans, LA, 2016-2017 Diversity and Social Justice Theory & Practice, SOWK 7130, Tulane University School of Social Work, New Orleans, LA, 2014-present Theory II:  Theories of Human Behavior II, SOWK 7220, Tulane University School of Social Work, New Orleans, LA, 2014-present Theory I:  Theories of Human Behavior I, SOWK 7210, Tulane University School of Social Work, New Orleans, LA, 2013-present

    Education and Affiliations

    PhD, School of Social Work, University of Iowa MSW, School of Social Work, University of Iowa BA, Department of Psychology, University of Iowa

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  • Dr. Buttell has extensive experience in providing social work intervention services to clients in community-based correction programs and in evaluating the effectiveness of these social work interventions. He teaches courses in clinical practice, HBSE, and research methods. Buttell's latest research interests focus on improving family functioning through the elimination of domestic violence and his primary research interest is on improving the effectiveness of batterer intervention programs.

  • Fred Buttell, PhD, LCSW, MSW

    Professor

    Dr. Buttell has extensive experience in providing social work intervention services to clients in community-based correction programs and in evaluating the effectiveness of these social work interventions. He teaches courses in clinical practice, HBSE, and research methods. Buttell's latest research interests focus on improving family functioning through the elimination of domestic violence and his primary research interest is on improving the effectiveness of batterer intervention programs.

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  • Coleen Cicale, Ph.D., MSW, Administrative Assistant Professor - Tulane School of Social Work

    Dr. Coleen Cicale earned her MSW at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. There, she discovered the importance of social work participation in the legislative process, and she pursued this passion to earn a PhD in Public Affairs - Social Work at the University of Central Florida. In her research and as a professor, she connects the micro to the macro to convey the importance of bridging the gap between frontline work in serving individuals and families and the policies that guide and fund the work. Before joining Tulane University’s faculty, Dr. Cicale completed the first study in Florida identifying risk factors associated with adolescent perpetrated domestic violence towards a parent. These findings supported the first piece of state legislation to protect victims of adolescent perpetrated domestic violence towards a parent. She continues to conduct this research while advising 25 students per semester and teaching many of Tulane’s core courses from Social Welfare History and Policy to Data Analysis and Interpretation. In her spare time, Dr. Cicale enjoys exploring her new home in New Orleans and falling in love with every dog she sees.

  • Coleen Cicale, PhD, MSW

    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Dr. Coleen Cicale earned her MSW at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. There, she discovered the importance of social work participation in the legislative process, and she pursued this passion to earn a PhD in Public Affairs - Social Work at the University of Central Florida. In her research and as a professor, she connects the micro to the macro to convey the importance of bridging the gap between frontline work in serving individuals and families and the policies that guide and fund the work. Before joining Tulane University’s faculty, Dr. Cicale completed the first study in Florida identifying risk factors associated with adolescent perpetrated domestic violence towards a parent. These findings supported the first piece of state legislation to protect victims of adolescent perpetrated domestic violence towards a parent. She continues to conduct this research while advising 25 students per semester and teaching many of Tulane’s core courses from Social Welfare History and Policy to Data Analysis and Interpretation. In her spare time, Dr. Cicale enjoys exploring her new home in New Orleans and falling in love with every dog she sees.

  • ccicale@tulane.edu
  • 504-247-1447
  • Dr. Figley was named the Paul Henry Kurzweg Chair in Disaster Mental Health at Tulane University in 2008 when he joined the faculty as its senior professor from Florida State University. At FSU Professor Figley served as the senior professor in the area of trauma and Director of the PhD Program in Marriage and Family. Dr. Figley brought his Traumatology Institute to Tulane, which was recognized as the best program of its kind by the University Continuing Education Association in 2000.

    Dr. Figley attained full professor status in 1983 at Purdue University with a joint appointment as professor of psychological sciences. Dr. Figley established the renowned Purdue University Family Research Institute and established two Journals as Founding Editor, the Journal of Psychotherapy and the Journal of Traumatic Stress. In 1995 became Founding Editor of Traumatology, the International Journal. Also Dr. Figley is founding editor several book series (e.g., the Innovations in Psychology book series with Taylor & Francis).

    Currently, Dr. Figley is editor of the oldest book series on trauma (established in 1978), the Psychosocial Stress Book Series. He has published more than 200 scholarly works including 26 books and 130 refereed journal articles. Collectively, his work reports on more than 37 research projects focusing primarily on traumatic stress and resiliency of individuals, families, and communities. This latest book published in 2013, First Do No Self Harm: Understanding and Promoting Physician Stress Resilience (Oxford University Press) was highly praised by the American Psychological Association. He is working on two more books with contracts from Columbia University Press and Oxford University Press, both to be published in 2019.

    He is an elected fellow of five of the leading national professional associations and received many other honors in recognition for his scholarship.

    Dr. Figley is the recipient of numerous lectureships and other honors throughout the world including Northern Ireland, South Africa, England, Australia, Canada, and universities through the United States. He was awarded a senior Fulbright Research Fellowship to conduct research in Kuwait in 2004 and follow-up on work that was started in 1992, shortly after the liberation from and end of the occupation by Iraq. In 2004, Dr. Figley was named lifetime Alumni Fellow by the Pennsylvania State University, the highest honor awarded to its graduates. Most recently, Figley was honored by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York with an honorary degree in June 2014 in recognition of his career-long achievements in social justice for the traumatized.

  • Charles R. Figley, PhD

    Kurzweg Distinguished Chair in Disaster Mental Health and Distinguished Professor

    Dr. Figley was named the Paul Henry Kurzweg Chair in Disaster Mental Health at Tulane University in 2008 when he joined the faculty as its senior professor from Florida State University. At FSU Professor Figley served as the senior professor in the area of trauma and Director of the PhD Program in Marriage and Family. Dr. Figley brought his Traumatology Institute to Tulane, which was recognized as the best program of its kind by the University Continuing Education Association in 2000.

    Dr. Figley attained full professor status in 1983 at Purdue University with a joint appointment as professor of psychological sciences. Dr. Figley established the renowned Purdue University Family Research Institute and established two Journals as Founding Editor, the Journal of Psychotherapy and the Journal of Traumatic Stress. In 1995 became Founding Editor of Traumatology, the International Journal. Also Dr. Figley is founding editor several book series (e.g., the Innovations in Psychology book series with Taylor & Francis).

    Currently, Dr. Figley is editor of the oldest book series on trauma (established in 1978), the Psychosocial Stress Book Series. He has published more than 200 scholarly works including 26 books and 130 refereed journal articles. Collectively, his work reports on more than 37 research projects focusing primarily on traumatic stress and resiliency of individuals, families, and communities. This latest book published in 2013, First Do No Self Harm: Understanding and Promoting Physician Stress Resilience (Oxford University Press) was highly praised by the American Psychological Association. He is working on two more books with contracts from Columbia University Press and Oxford University Press, both to be published in 2019.

    He is an elected fellow of five of the leading national professional associations and received many other honors in recognition for his scholarship.

    Dr. Figley is the recipient of numerous lectureships and other honors throughout the world including Northern Ireland, South Africa, England, Australia, Canada, and universities through the United States. He was awarded a senior Fulbright Research Fellowship to conduct research in Kuwait in 2004 and follow-up on work that was started in 1992, shortly after the liberation from and end of the occupation by Iraq. In 2004, Dr. Figley was named lifetime Alumni Fellow by the Pennsylvania State University, the highest honor awarded to its graduates. Most recently, Figley was honored by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York with an honorary degree in June 2014 in recognition of his career-long achievements in social justice for the traumatized.

  • figley@tulane.edu
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  • Samantha Francois - Tulane School of Social Work

    Samantha Francois, PhD is an Assistant Professor at Tulane University’s School of Social Work with a specialization in adolescent development and vulnerability and resilience in African American populations. Her research interests include microsystem influences (specifically, neighborhoods and schools) on life-stage outcomes in African American youth, macrosystem influences (specifically, forms of structural, institutional, and systemic oppression) on community violence, and African American cultural assets that promote resilience. More specifically, her work examines the relationships between multi-system risk contributors and protective factors and mental health, educational, and quality of life outcomes for African Americans in urban geographies. Dr. Francois has a PhD in psychological sciences from Tulane University.

  • Samantha Francois, PhD

    Assistant Professor

    Samantha Francois, PhD is an Assistant Professor at Tulane University’s School of Social Work with a specialization in adolescent development and vulnerability and resilience in African American populations. Her research interests include microsystem influences (specifically, neighborhoods and schools) on life-stage outcomes in African American youth, macrosystem influences (specifically, forms of structural, institutional, and systemic oppression) on community violence, and African American cultural assets that promote resilience. More specifically, her work examines the relationships between multi-system risk contributors and protective factors and mental health, educational, and quality of life outcomes for African Americans in urban geographies. Dr. Francois has a PhD in psychological sciences from Tulane University.

  • sfrancoi@tulane.edu
  • 504-862-3496
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  • Maurya Glaude is a Professor of Practice at Tulane University School of Social Work. She attended Texas Southern University for her undergraduate studies in psychology and completed her MSW at Tulane University School of Social Work. For almost seven years, she provided behavioral and administrative social work services in non-profits and parish government in the Greater New Orleans area. She served as a mental health responder after Hurricane Katrina and was instrumental in developing and implementing protocols for evacuation and sheltering of St. Charles Parish residents in response to Hurricanes Rita, Gustav and Ike. After completing her Ph.D. studies at the University of Houston with support from a SAMHSA funded Council on Social Work, MFP doctoral fellowship, Glaude returned to New Orleans. Her research interests include adolescent mental health, improving accessibility of continuing care services for adolescents experiencing substance use disorders, and innovative social work teaching methods.

  • Maurya W. Glaude, PhD, MSW, LCSW-BACS

    Professor of Practice

    Maurya Glaude is a Professor of Practice at Tulane University School of Social Work. She attended Texas Southern University for her undergraduate studies in psychology and completed her MSW at Tulane University School of Social Work. For almost seven years, she provided behavioral and administrative social work services in non-profits and parish government in the Greater New Orleans area. She served as a mental health responder after Hurricane Katrina and was instrumental in developing and implementing protocols for evacuation and sheltering of St. Charles Parish residents in response to Hurricanes Rita, Gustav and Ike. After completing her Ph.D. studies at the University of Houston with support from a SAMHSA funded Council on Social Work, MFP doctoral fellowship, Glaude returned to New Orleans. Her research interests include adolescent mental health, improving accessibility of continuing care services for adolescents experiencing substance use disorders, and innovative social work teaching methods.

  • gmaurya@tulane.edu
  • 504-247-1456
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  • A native of Mississippi, Dr. Valerie Gordon-Garofalo attended Ole Miss as an undergrad psychology major and received her MSW from the University of Southern Mississippi.  She worked at Ochsner Hospital, in New Orleans, with persons in acute renal failure and those on peritoneal dialysis and their familiesDr. Gordon-Garofalo earned her PhD in 1997 from the University of Texas at Austin.  While at UT, she taught BSW courses, volunteered in the pediatric oncology community, and began doing groupwork in HIV/AIDS care.  Dr. Gordon-Garofalo got married, moved back  to New Orleans, and became Social Worker and Outreach Coordinator for the Tulane-LSU AIDS Clinical Trials Unit, which lead to a faculty position at Tulane’s School of Social Work and directorship of the school’s HIV/AIDS Institute.  After leaving TSSW in 2004, she was Director of Program Evaluation for the LSU School of Public Health Juvenile Justice Program until that program’s end.  Her interests lie in medical social work, group treatment, program evaluation, research on social work practice, juvenile justice, and treatment of persons affected by HIV Disease.  Dr. Gordon-Garofalo lives with her husband, two children, and family dog in the third New Orleans home that they have renovated.

  • Valerie Gordon-Garofalo, Ph.D, MSW, LCSW

    Clinical Assistant Professor

    A native of Mississippi, Dr. Valerie Gordon-Garofalo attended Ole Miss as an undergrad psychology major and received her MSW from the University of Southern Mississippi.  She worked at Ochsner Hospital, in New Orleans, with persons in acute renal failure and those on peritoneal dialysis and their familiesDr. Gordon-Garofalo earned her PhD in 1997 from the University of Texas at Austin.  While at UT, she taught BSW courses, volunteered in the pediatric oncology community, and began doing groupwork in HIV/AIDS care.  Dr. Gordon-Garofalo got married, moved back  to New Orleans, and became Social Worker and Outreach Coordinator for the Tulane-LSU AIDS Clinical Trials Unit, which lead to a faculty position at Tulane’s School of Social Work and directorship of the school’s HIV/AIDS Institute.  After leaving TSSW in 2004, she was Director of Program Evaluation for the LSU School of Public Health Juvenile Justice Program until that program’s end.  Her interests lie in medical social work, group treatment, program evaluation, research on social work practice, juvenile justice, and treatment of persons affected by HIV Disease.  Dr. Gordon-Garofalo lives with her husband, two children, and family dog in the third New Orleans home that they have renovated.

  • vgordongarofalo@tulane.edu
  • 504-862-3487
  • Deidre Hayes

    Deidre Hayes has been a licensed clinical social worker in New Orleans for over 20 years. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology from Loyola University of the South, a Masters in Social Work from Tulane University, and a Doctorate in Social Work from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She has extensive experience with individuals and families, specializing in mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault. Her private practice specializes in custody evaluations and individual, children and family interventions. Dr. Hayes has been an integral part of many start-up initiatives including, Covenant House New Orleans, the New Orleans Drug and Mental Health Courts, and the New Orleans Family Justice Center. She currently serves on the leadership team for NHS Louisiana and is the clinical consultant for NHS’ New Orleans programs including the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams and the Coordinated System of Care (CSOC) wraparound initiative. She also provides clinical supervision and guidance for the dedicated NHS social workers who serve the most vulnerable members of the community. She serves as both supervisor and mentor for those seeking licensure. In addition, she has been a clinical consultant for the Federal Court Eastern District of Louisiana Reentry Program. Trainings provided include: Child Advocacy, Mental Health, Ethics, and Case Management.

  • Deidre D. Hayes, DSW, BCD, LCSW-BACS

    Professor of Practice

    Deidre Hayes has been a licensed clinical social worker in New Orleans for over 20 years. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology from Loyola University of the South, a Masters in Social Work from Tulane University, and a Doctorate in Social Work from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She has extensive experience with individuals and families, specializing in mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault. Her private practice specializes in custody evaluations and individual, children and family interventions. Dr. Hayes has been an integral part of many start-up initiatives including, Covenant House New Orleans, the New Orleans Drug and Mental Health Courts, and the New Orleans Family Justice Center. She currently serves on the leadership team for NHS Louisiana and is the clinical consultant for NHS’ New Orleans programs including the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams and the Coordinated System of Care (CSOC) wraparound initiative. She also provides clinical supervision and guidance for the dedicated NHS social workers who serve the most vulnerable members of the community. She serves as both supervisor and mentor for those seeking licensure. In addition, she has been a clinical consultant for the Federal Court Eastern District of Louisiana Reentry Program. Trainings provided include: Child Advocacy, Mental Health, Ethics, and Case Management.

  • dhayes6@tulane.edu
  • 504-862-3490
  • Dr. Hemphill has practiced as a clinician, manager, consultant, and executive leader for the past 26 years.  He’s considered a thought leader in the industry and has developed premier national programs for the evaluation, treatment, and monitoring of individuals with behavioral health and addictive disorders.  As a leader, he has always been committed to assuring clinical efficacy while working collaboratively with organizational and funding leaders.  He has been the lead person for innovation and implementation for provisions of patient care services, policies and procedures, recruitment of talent, and fidelity measures.  He’s pioneered some of the assessment and treatment of professionals with co-occurring disorders and co-authored a book with Marty Martin, PhD in 2013 entitled, Taming Disruptive Behavior published by American College of Physician Executives (ACPE.)  He’s currently authoring a second book on Integrated Health in Addiction Treatment published by Central Recovery Press. 

    He has presented papers and workshops at national conferences and published articles in the field of trauma, personality disorders, and addictions during the past 26 years.

    He has been an adjunct professor at Tulane University School of Social Work for the past 21 years and Assistant Clinical Professor at LSU Health Sciences Center, Department of Psychiatry for the past 19 years.  He received his master and doctoral degrees from Tulane University.

  • Philip Hemphill, PhD, LCSW

    Professor of Practice

    Dr. Hemphill has practiced as a clinician, manager, consultant, and executive leader for the past 26 years.  He’s considered a thought leader in the industry and has developed premier national programs for the evaluation, treatment, and monitoring of individuals with behavioral health and addictive disorders.  As a leader, he has always been committed to assuring clinical efficacy while working collaboratively with organizational and funding leaders.  He has been the lead person for innovation and implementation for provisions of patient care services, policies and procedures, recruitment of talent, and fidelity measures.  He’s pioneered some of the assessment and treatment of professionals with co-occurring disorders and co-authored a book with Marty Martin, PhD in 2013 entitled, Taming Disruptive Behavior published by American College of Physician Executives (ACPE.)  He’s currently authoring a second book on Integrated Health in Addiction Treatment published by Central Recovery Press. 

    He has presented papers and workshops at national conferences and published articles in the field of trauma, personality disorders, and addictions during the past 26 years.

    He has been an adjunct professor at Tulane University School of Social Work for the past 21 years and Assistant Clinical Professor at LSU Health Sciences Center, Department of Psychiatry for the past 19 years.  He received his master and doctoral degrees from Tulane University.

  • phemphi@tulane.edu
  • 504-247-1457
  • Dr. Lewis' program of research focuses on the development of culturally valid research methods and measures of racism-based stress during pregnancy, Colorism in African American families, and parental acceptance or rejection of children. Specifically her basic and applied research includes:

    1. Basic research on racism-based stress as an unrecognized factor in racial disparities in perinatal infant outcomes in African American women.
    2. Applied research using narrative therapy techniques and measures to strengthen African American family intergenerational relationships based on issues of Colorism as a legacy of the historical trauma of slavery.
    3. The prevention and reduction of child abuse and neglect and strengthening parent-child attachment through the use of the hair combing task, and a parent-education curriculum, Talk, Touch & Listen While Combing Hair, for use with a community-based parent support group using visualization methods and peer support, infant mental health concepts and techniques.
    4. The development of an evidenced-based tool for use by individuals, organizations, and groups on the topic of Diversity, Privilege and Oppression.
  • Marva L. Lewis, PhD

    Associate Professor

    Dr. Lewis' program of research focuses on the development of culturally valid research methods and measures of racism-based stress during pregnancy, Colorism in African American families, and parental acceptance or rejection of children. Specifically her basic and applied research includes:

    1. Basic research on racism-based stress as an unrecognized factor in racial disparities in perinatal infant outcomes in African American women.
    2. Applied research using narrative therapy techniques and measures to strengthen African American family intergenerational relationships based on issues of Colorism as a legacy of the historical trauma of slavery.
    3. The prevention and reduction of child abuse and neglect and strengthening parent-child attachment through the use of the hair combing task, and a parent-education curriculum, Talk, Touch & Listen While Combing Hair, for use with a community-based parent support group using visualization methods and peer support, infant mental health concepts and techniques.
    4. The development of an evidenced-based tool for use by individuals, organizations, and groups on the topic of Diversity, Privilege and Oppression.
  • Mlewis@tulane.edu
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  • Dr. Missy Malone has both her PhD in Social Work and her MSW from Louisiana State University. She also has a BSW from Grambling State University and a BA in French Language from Louisiana Tech University. Prior to obtaining her PhD, Dr. Malone worked as a Geriatric Behavioral Health Social Worker in Southwest Louisiana and as a Mental Health Social Worker at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. Her research interests include: the aging process among prisoners, dementia and other cognitive disorders among older prisoners, mental health issues among older prisoners, and federal and state policies regarding smart and effective decarceration.

  • Missy Malone, PhD, MSW

    Professor of Practice

    Dr. Missy Malone has both her PhD in Social Work and her MSW from Louisiana State University. She also has a BSW from Grambling State University and a BA in French Language from Louisiana Tech University. Prior to obtaining her PhD, Dr. Malone worked as a Geriatric Behavioral Health Social Worker in Southwest Louisiana and as a Mental Health Social Worker at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. Her research interests include: the aging process among prisoners, dementia and other cognitive disorders among older prisoners, mental health issues among older prisoners, and federal and state policies regarding smart and effective decarceration.

  • mmalone4@tulane.edu
  • 504-862-3499
  • Dr. Marks served as dean of the School of Social Work at Tulane University from 2001 to 2016 where he has been a professor for more than 30 years. Prior to becoming dean, he served in various capacities at the School including associate dean and director of the MSW program, director of the doctoral program and director of the gerontology center. Dr. Marks has supervised over 30 master's theses and chaired and served on over 25 doctoral dissertations. Many of his publications are studies of community based social service programs in the areas of adolescent life, homelessness, and family and aging services addressing the stress associated with providing care to frail aging relatives.

    His Ph.D. is in social welfare from the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh. He also has an MSW and a masters degree in public health.

    For the past 15 years, Dr. Marks has been working with Tibetan refugees in North India as he teaches a month-long elective on the subject in India.

  • Ronald Marks, PhD, MPH, MSW

    Dean Emeritus & Associate Professor

    Dr. Marks served as dean of the School of Social Work at Tulane University from 2001 to 2016 where he has been a professor for more than 30 years. Prior to becoming dean, he served in various capacities at the School including associate dean and director of the MSW program, director of the doctoral program and director of the gerontology center. Dr. Marks has supervised over 30 master's theses and chaired and served on over 25 doctoral dissertations. Many of his publications are studies of community based social service programs in the areas of adolescent life, homelessness, and family and aging services addressing the stress associated with providing care to frail aging relatives.

    His Ph.D. is in social welfare from the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh. He also has an MSW and a masters degree in public health.

    For the past 15 years, Dr. Marks has been working with Tibetan refugees in North India as he teaches a month-long elective on the subject in India.

  • rmarks@tulane.edu
  • 504-862-3485
  • Dr. Parquet is a Professor at the Tulane University School of Social Work where he has taught for the past 19 years. He has taught graduate courses in research, professional development, advanced practice methods, human behavior theory, youth violence, diversity and social justice, capstone, and field practicum. Dr. Parquet also teaches two undergraduate courses, “Guns and Gang” and “Booze, Pot, Coke, Crystal Meth: PolyDrug Abuse among College & Inner-City Residents,” that are the two largest classes on Tulane’s campus. Dr. Parquet has served as Superintendent of Louisiana Training Institute-East Baton Rouge, the largest juvenile correctional facility in the state of Louisiana, Director of the Division of Institutions, Office of Juvenile Justice and statewide Director of the Mental Health Rehabilitation Program. He is a licensed clinical social worker, board approved clinical supervisor, and has over thirty-eight years of experience in the field of behavioral health providing clinical, administrative, and programmatic leadership. He has been designated a court expert witness in mental health and substance abuse. He serves on numerous boards and committees and has had multiple program responsibilities for designing, implementing, evaluating, managing, and overseeing statewide programs. His current research interests are in community mental health, substance abuse, youth violence, and mental health issues affecting at-risk populations utilizing a strengths perspective and capacity building.

  • Reginald Parquet, PhD, MSW

    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Dr. Parquet is a Professor at the Tulane University School of Social Work where he has taught for the past 19 years. He has taught graduate courses in research, professional development, advanced practice methods, human behavior theory, youth violence, diversity and social justice, capstone, and field practicum. Dr. Parquet also teaches two undergraduate courses, “Guns and Gang” and “Booze, Pot, Coke, Crystal Meth: PolyDrug Abuse among College & Inner-City Residents,” that are the two largest classes on Tulane’s campus. Dr. Parquet has served as Superintendent of Louisiana Training Institute-East Baton Rouge, the largest juvenile correctional facility in the state of Louisiana, Director of the Division of Institutions, Office of Juvenile Justice and statewide Director of the Mental Health Rehabilitation Program. He is a licensed clinical social worker, board approved clinical supervisor, and has over thirty-eight years of experience in the field of behavioral health providing clinical, administrative, and programmatic leadership. He has been designated a court expert witness in mental health and substance abuse. He serves on numerous boards and committees and has had multiple program responsibilities for designing, implementing, evaluating, managing, and overseeing statewide programs. His current research interests are in community mental health, substance abuse, youth violence, and mental health issues affecting at-risk populations utilizing a strengths perspective and capacity building.

  • rparque@tulane.edu
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  • Leia Saltzman - Tulane School of Social Work

    Leia Y. Saltzman joined the Tulane community in 2017 after completing her post-doctoral training as an  Azrieli International Post-Doctoral Fellow at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She earned her MSW and PhD in Social Work at Boston College. Trained in both qualitative and quantitative methods, Dr. Saltzman’s research uses mixed methodology to explore the process of adaptation in the context of trauma, community violence, and mass disaster. Her previous research has focused on positive adaptation trajectories such as resilience and posttraumatic growth. Currently, Dr. Saltzman’s work explores the role of time in the process of adaptation, with the goal of developing time-informed and sustainable mental health interventions. She is interested in community based research that influences mental health policies and clinical practices with trauma-affected populations in order to promote well-being, build stronger families, and more cohesive communities that can withstand the impact of mass disaster, trauma, and violence.

  • Leia Saltzman, PhD, MSW

    Assistant Professor

    Leia Y. Saltzman joined the Tulane community in 2017 after completing her post-doctoral training as an  Azrieli International Post-Doctoral Fellow at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She earned her MSW and PhD in Social Work at Boston College. Trained in both qualitative and quantitative methods, Dr. Saltzman’s research uses mixed methodology to explore the process of adaptation in the context of trauma, community violence, and mass disaster. Her previous research has focused on positive adaptation trajectories such as resilience and posttraumatic growth. Currently, Dr. Saltzman’s work explores the role of time in the process of adaptation, with the goal of developing time-informed and sustainable mental health interventions. She is interested in community based research that influences mental health policies and clinical practices with trauma-affected populations in order to promote well-being, build stronger families, and more cohesive communities that can withstand the impact of mass disaster, trauma, and violence.

  • lsaltzman@tulane.edu
  • 504-247-1452
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  • Nubian Sun, Ph.D., LCSW, MSSW, Administrative Assistant Professor - Tulane School of Social Work

    Dr. Nubian OmiSayade Sun, LCSW, Educator-Scholar, Consultant, and Spirit-Filled Practitioner, is a native of Memphis, TN (Home of the Blues). She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee - Chattanooga and received her Master’s degree in Social Work - Community Welfare Management from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville (Nashville Campus). She obtained her doctorate degree in Social Work Policy, Planning, and Administration from the Whitney M. Young Jr., School of Social Work at Clark Atlanta University. She is an Administrative Assistant Professor at Tulane School of Social Work and CEO of Nubian Sun Consulting, LLC. She is the Executive Director/Founder of the Center for Resilient Individuals, Families and Communities which provides social services infrastructure for Black Mama's Bail Outs  and Black August Bail Outs across the South.  She currently serves as an executive board member with SisterReach, Inc and is an advisory board member with of the National Bailout Collective. Her social work practice, pedagogy, and scholarship interests include the following: The Afrocentric perspective (Women and Girls), Incarceration/Reentry, and Self-Efficacy. As a Spirit-Filled Practitioner, she uses a plethora of African traditional methods, methods of the American South, Eastern, and indigenous healing practices in helping others to help themselves.

  • Nubian Sun, PhD, LCSW

    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Dr. Nubian OmiSayade Sun, LCSW, Educator-Scholar, Consultant, and Spirit-Filled Practitioner, is a native of Memphis, TN (Home of the Blues). She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee - Chattanooga and received her Master’s degree in Social Work - Community Welfare Management from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville (Nashville Campus). She obtained her doctorate degree in Social Work Policy, Planning, and Administration from the Whitney M. Young Jr., School of Social Work at Clark Atlanta University. She is an Administrative Assistant Professor at Tulane School of Social Work and CEO of Nubian Sun Consulting, LLC. She is the Executive Director/Founder of the Center for Resilient Individuals, Families and Communities which provides social services infrastructure for Black Mama's Bail Outs  and Black August Bail Outs across the South.  She currently serves as an executive board member with SisterReach, Inc and is an advisory board member with of the National Bailout Collective. Her social work practice, pedagogy, and scholarship interests include the following: The Afrocentric perspective (Women and Girls), Incarceration/Reentry, and Self-Efficacy. As a Spirit-Filled Practitioner, she uses a plethora of African traditional methods, methods of the American South, Eastern, and indigenous healing practices in helping others to help themselves.

  • nsun@tulane.edu
  • 504-247-1449
  • Lauren Terzis received both her PhD and MSW from the School of Social Work at Saint Louis University. Her dissertation focused on financial behaviors among immigrants, utilizing both quantitative and qualitative research methodology. Lauren has presented her research at national conferences, such as the Society for Social Work Research, and also at regional immigration conferences. Lauren has experience working with underserved children, families, and adult volunteers at a mentoring agency in St. Louis, and as a residential counselor at a community action agency in Central Illinois. Lauren is a native of Sydney, Australia

     

     

     

  • Lauren Terzis, PhD, LMSW

    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Lauren Terzis received both her PhD and MSW from the School of Social Work at Saint Louis University. Her dissertation focused on financial behaviors among immigrants, utilizing both quantitative and qualitative research methodology. Lauren has presented her research at national conferences, such as the Society for Social Work Research, and also at regional immigration conferences. Lauren has experience working with underserved children, families, and adult volunteers at a mentoring agency in St. Louis, and as a residential counselor at a community action agency in Central Illinois. Lauren is a native of Sydney, Australia

     

     

     

  • lterzis@tulane.edu
  • 504-862-3498
  • Dr. Thurman has a Masters of Public Health and PhD in International Health & Development. Dr. Thurman specializes in the areas of program design, evaluation methodologies, operations research and capacity building pertaining to initiatives for highly vulnerable children. She serves as Director of the Center for Research on Highly Vulnerable Children, a multi-disciplinary initiative dedicated to compiling an evidence base for programs serving disadvantaged children. She currently resides in South Africa as Country Director for the Tulane International office while directing several major USAID-funded longitudinal evaluation studies focused on in-country programs for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). Her activities in South Africa extend beyond rigorous evaluations to include participation in the development of individual case studies of OVC program models supported by PEPFAR, with 36 in press to date, along with ongoing technical assistance to community and government OVC stakeholders. Also in sub-Saharan Africa, she led the first and largest U.S. government-funded series of OVC public health evaluations in Kenya and Tanzania, and played a central role in the longitudinal evaluation of a mentoring program for youth-headed households in Rwanda. Her focus on highly vulnerable children is complemented by her prior research on AIDS-related issues, such as a sexual violence study in Lesotho, Priority Local AIDS Control Studies (PLACE) in Lesotho and Malawi, and an evaluation of a case management program for people living with HIV/AIDS in Rwanda. Her experience pertaining to vulnerable children extends beyond Africa to include efforts to strengthen the design, monitoring and evaluation of programs for street children and child prostitutes within Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Closer to home, Dr. Thurman served as an evaluation specialist analyzing the impacts of a school-based psychosocial program for elementary school students affected by Hurricane Katrina. Beyond the methodological rigor of these activities, each of the projects she leads is carefully geared toward improving policy and programming for vulnerable children.

  • Tonya Renee Thurman, PhD, MPH

    Research Associate Professor

    Dr. Thurman has a Masters of Public Health and PhD in International Health & Development. Dr. Thurman specializes in the areas of program design, evaluation methodologies, operations research and capacity building pertaining to initiatives for highly vulnerable children. She serves as Director of the Center for Research on Highly Vulnerable Children, a multi-disciplinary initiative dedicated to compiling an evidence base for programs serving disadvantaged children. She currently resides in South Africa as Country Director for the Tulane International office while directing several major USAID-funded longitudinal evaluation studies focused on in-country programs for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). Her activities in South Africa extend beyond rigorous evaluations to include participation in the development of individual case studies of OVC program models supported by PEPFAR, with 36 in press to date, along with ongoing technical assistance to community and government OVC stakeholders. Also in sub-Saharan Africa, she led the first and largest U.S. government-funded series of OVC public health evaluations in Kenya and Tanzania, and played a central role in the longitudinal evaluation of a mentoring program for youth-headed households in Rwanda. Her focus on highly vulnerable children is complemented by her prior research on AIDS-related issues, such as a sexual violence study in Lesotho, Priority Local AIDS Control Studies (PLACE) in Lesotho and Malawi, and an evaluation of a case management program for people living with HIV/AIDS in Rwanda. Her experience pertaining to vulnerable children extends beyond Africa to include efforts to strengthen the design, monitoring and evaluation of programs for street children and child prostitutes within Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Closer to home, Dr. Thurman served as an evaluation specialist analyzing the impacts of a school-based psychosocial program for elementary school students affected by Hurricane Katrina. Beyond the methodological rigor of these activities, each of the projects she leads is carefully geared toward improving policy and programming for vulnerable children.

  • tthurma@tulane.edu
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Staff

  • With 17 years of experience in non-profit and academic resource management, Michelle Balan is passionate about helping faculty obtain funding so they can continue to "do work that matters" in our community and in the world. She is well-versed in every stage of grant management from researching opportunities through stewardship and has supported organizations and institutions in Chicago and Los Angeles as well as New Orleans. Her detail-oriented nature enables her to ensure timely submissions, comprehensive administration, and accurate reporting.

     

    Michelle received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Sociology from Louisiana State University.  She has always enjoyed learning about people and different societies since high school when she went to a literary rally for Sociology.  While she was born in Canada, Michelle considers herself a New Orleans native having moved here at the age of 4.  She enjoys singing in her church choir, volunteering as a mentor on church retreats, representing the Uptown campus as a Proxy on Tulane's Staff Advisory Council, as well as kickboxing and weight training.  She lives in Mid-City with her betta fish, Moby Dick, who thinks he is a whale.

  • Michelle Balan, MA

    Research Administrator

    With 17 years of experience in non-profit and academic resource management, Michelle Balan is passionate about helping faculty obtain funding so they can continue to "do work that matters" in our community and in the world. She is well-versed in every stage of grant management from researching opportunities through stewardship and has supported organizations and institutions in Chicago and Los Angeles as well as New Orleans. Her detail-oriented nature enables her to ensure timely submissions, comprehensive administration, and accurate reporting.

     

    Michelle received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Sociology from Louisiana State University.  She has always enjoyed learning about people and different societies since high school when she went to a literary rally for Sociology.  While she was born in Canada, Michelle considers herself a New Orleans native having moved here at the age of 4.  She enjoys singing in her church choir, volunteering as a mentor on church retreats, representing the Uptown campus as a Proxy on Tulane's Staff Advisory Council, as well as kickboxing and weight training.  She lives in Mid-City with her betta fish, Moby Dick, who thinks he is a whale.

  • mbalan@tulane.edu
  • 504-247-1454
  • Heidi Breaux

    Heidi Breaux, LCSW-R received her BASW from   Rutgers University in 2004 and her MSW from New York University in 2005. Since then she’s worked in the field of substance abuse, for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, at APICHA CHC (an Asian and Pacific Islander health clinic in Chinatown NYC), and as Associate Director of Adult Services at the New York City Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center. Most recently Mrs. Breaux was an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Silver Graduate School of Social Work and managed a team of clinical social workers in the Sexual Health Clinics for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Heidi is passionate about helping others provide services to the TGNC community, particularly undocumented immigrants and trans women of color. She enjoys spending time with her wife and family, and is a strong advocate for reproductive justice.

  • Heidi Breaux

    Program Manager and Online Field Education

    Heidi Breaux, LCSW-R received her BASW from   Rutgers University in 2004 and her MSW from New York University in 2005. Since then she’s worked in the field of substance abuse, for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, at APICHA CHC (an Asian and Pacific Islander health clinic in Chinatown NYC), and as Associate Director of Adult Services at the New York City Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center. Most recently Mrs. Breaux was an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Silver Graduate School of Social Work and managed a team of clinical social workers in the Sexual Health Clinics for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Heidi is passionate about helping others provide services to the TGNC community, particularly undocumented immigrants and trans women of color. She enjoys spending time with her wife and family, and is a strong advocate for reproductive justice.

  • hbreaux@tulane.edu
  • 504-247-1455
  • Kristie Colpo is from Columbia, MD and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2004 with a BS in Oceanography. She served over 11 years on Active Duty as a Naval Officer (Navy Helicopter Pilot/ Oceanographer), earned an MS in Oceanography from the Naval Postgraduate School (2012), and remains a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Reserves.  She served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom as an oceanographer who specialized in Underwater Mine Warfare.

     

    While serving on active duty and volunteering in the community, Kristie realized she is a helping professional at heart.  She pursued and earned her MA in Counseling from Wake Forest University (2017).  She is passionate about student success, serving the community, and helping veterans and their families.  Her two favorite sports are ice hockey (GO PREDS!) and lacrosse, but she will try to hold her own in a conversation about football.  She owns a “fluffy” orange cat named Leona who was just recently put on a doctor-ordered diet.  Kristie absolutely loves New Orleans and is thrilled to be one of the newest additions to the Tulane family!  Roll Wave!

  • Kristie Colpo, MS, MA

    Academic Success Coach

    Kristie Colpo is from Columbia, MD and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2004 with a BS in Oceanography. She served over 11 years on Active Duty as a Naval Officer (Navy Helicopter Pilot/ Oceanographer), earned an MS in Oceanography from the Naval Postgraduate School (2012), and remains a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Reserves.  She served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom as an oceanographer who specialized in Underwater Mine Warfare.

     

    While serving on active duty and volunteering in the community, Kristie realized she is a helping professional at heart.  She pursued and earned her MA in Counseling from Wake Forest University (2017).  She is passionate about student success, serving the community, and helping veterans and their families.  Her two favorite sports are ice hockey (GO PREDS!) and lacrosse, but she will try to hold her own in a conversation about football.  She owns a “fluffy” orange cat named Leona who was just recently put on a doctor-ordered diet.  Kristie absolutely loves New Orleans and is thrilled to be one of the newest additions to the Tulane family!  Roll Wave!

  • Ms. Derricott serves as the Admissions Coordinator for the Tulane University School of Social Work. She received her BSW from Longwood University in her home state of Virginia and her MSW from Tulane. She has experience working with Adult Protective Services, Child Protective Services, foster care, adoption, and behavioral health for several non profit organizations. She is a former Big Sister and a member of the New Orleans Urban League.

  • Chelsea Derricott, MSW

    Admissions Counselor

    Ms. Derricott serves as the Admissions Coordinator for the Tulane University School of Social Work. She received her BSW from Longwood University in her home state of Virginia and her MSW from Tulane. She has experience working with Adult Protective Services, Child Protective Services, foster care, adoption, and behavioral health for several non profit organizations. She is a former Big Sister and a member of the New Orleans Urban League.

  • cderrico@tulane.edu
  • 504-862-3471
  • Darrius Douglas has more than 14 years of strategic management and leadership experience drawn from a broad range of enrollment and marketing positions in higher education. Previously, Darrius was the Director of Admissions and Marketing for New Mexico Military Institute. At New Mexico Military Institute, he was integrally involved in developing key academic and new student programs, including GEN-orientation (a structured program to enhance student success for first-generation students). He also spearheaded new student financial literacy initiatives aimed at reducing student debt.

     

    Darrius has been widely recognized for contributions to communities where he has lived and worked. Among those honors were being named to the board of directors at Breaking Free, an agency dedicated to meeting the increasingly complex needs of today's families. Darrius holds a BA in Public Administration from DePaul University and an MS in Project Management from Benedictine University, and he’s currently a 2019 doctoral candidate at Benedictine University.

  • Darrius Douglas, MS

    Director of Enrollment Management

    Darrius Douglas has more than 14 years of strategic management and leadership experience drawn from a broad range of enrollment and marketing positions in higher education. Previously, Darrius was the Director of Admissions and Marketing for New Mexico Military Institute. At New Mexico Military Institute, he was integrally involved in developing key academic and new student programs, including GEN-orientation (a structured program to enhance student success for first-generation students). He also spearheaded new student financial literacy initiatives aimed at reducing student debt.

     

    Darrius has been widely recognized for contributions to communities where he has lived and worked. Among those honors were being named to the board of directors at Breaking Free, an agency dedicated to meeting the increasingly complex needs of today's families. Darrius holds a BA in Public Administration from DePaul University and an MS in Project Management from Benedictine University, and he’s currently a 2019 doctoral candidate at Benedictine University.

  • ddouglas1@tulane.edu
  • Lisa joined the Tulane University Community six years ago as a staff member in the Registrar’s Office. She is excited about becoming a member of the School of Social work staff. She has over 20 years of experience in educational administration working with populations of both K-12 and higher education. Her primary interest is organizational management of programs geared at advocating resources for students in multiculturally diverse and under- represented communities. While at Tulane, she has been president of the First – Generation (First Gen) Staff/Faculty Council. The First-Gen Council connects with First- Gen students by providing mentorship throughout the students’ first year transition in college. Her outside activities include volunteering with several community and service-based organizations focused on youth initiatives and healthy lifestyle promotions.

  • Lisa Hawkins

    DSW Program Manager

    Lisa joined the Tulane University Community six years ago as a staff member in the Registrar’s Office. She is excited about becoming a member of the School of Social work staff. She has over 20 years of experience in educational administration working with populations of both K-12 and higher education. Her primary interest is organizational management of programs geared at advocating resources for students in multiculturally diverse and under- represented communities. While at Tulane, she has been president of the First – Generation (First Gen) Staff/Faculty Council. The First-Gen Council connects with First- Gen students by providing mentorship throughout the students’ first year transition in college. Her outside activities include volunteering with several community and service-based organizations focused on youth initiatives and healthy lifestyle promotions.

  • lhawkin1@tulane.edu
  • 504-862-3477
  • Stephanie Moore Kreamer was born and raised in the Greater New Orleans area.  She received both her Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies-Sociology and Education and her Master of Education-Higher Education Administration at the University of New Orleans.  She has spent the last several years as an Admissions Counselor at the University of New Orleans.  Stephanie, who is herself a non-traditional and first-generation college graduate, has dedicated her career to aiding in student success, especially for at-risk students in historically underrepresented populations.  Stephanie has spoken at several regional conferences on  topics such as: Autistic College Students, Transfer Student Success, Adult College Students, and First-Generation College Students.

  • Stephanie Moore Kreamer, MEd

    Academic Success Coach

    Stephanie Moore Kreamer was born and raised in the Greater New Orleans area.  She received both her Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies-Sociology and Education and her Master of Education-Higher Education Administration at the University of New Orleans.  She has spent the last several years as an Admissions Counselor at the University of New Orleans.  Stephanie, who is herself a non-traditional and first-generation college graduate, has dedicated her career to aiding in student success, especially for at-risk students in historically underrepresented populations.  Stephanie has spoken at several regional conferences on  topics such as: Autistic College Students, Transfer Student Success, Adult College Students, and First-Generation College Students.

  • smoorekreamer@tulane.edu
  • 504-247-1458
  • Christiana joins the School of Social Work as the Director of Alumni Relations and Individual Giving following development roles with Tulane in the School of Science and Engineering, Undergraduate Experience and Parents Program, and Leadership Annual Giving team. Enjoying a career in nonprofit management and philanthropy for over 15 years, Christiana came to New Orleans and Tulane in 2014 from New York City where she worked in the interdisciplinary performing arts. Originally from Arizona, Christiana earned her BFA from Arizona State University and her MA from New York University.

     

  • Christiana Lederman, MA

    Director of Alumni Relations and Individual Giving

    Christiana joins the School of Social Work as the Director of Alumni Relations and Individual Giving following development roles with Tulane in the School of Science and Engineering, Undergraduate Experience and Parents Program, and Leadership Annual Giving team. Enjoying a career in nonprofit management and philanthropy for over 15 years, Christiana came to New Orleans and Tulane in 2014 from New York City where she worked in the interdisciplinary performing arts. Originally from Arizona, Christiana earned her BFA from Arizona State University and her MA from New York University.

     

  • clederma@tulane.edu
  • 504-314-2909
  • Dr. Luckett has a diverse background that includes a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, a Master’s of Science of Public Health in Biostatistics, a Master’s of Science in Agricultural Economics and a Doctor of Philosophy of Public Health in International Health.  After finishing his BA at Tulane University he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone.  He spent 15 years at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center designing, analyzing and managing population-based case-control studies of cancer in Louisiana.  His post-doctorate focused on food policy, both domestically and internationally. He currently works with the Highly Vulnerable Children Research Center conducting program evaluations of HIV prevention services in South Africa. He has authored or co-authored over 20 peer reviewed journal articles.

  • Brian Luckett, PhD, MPH

    Senior Research Scientist, Highly Vulnerable children Research Center

    Dr. Luckett has a diverse background that includes a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, a Master’s of Science of Public Health in Biostatistics, a Master’s of Science in Agricultural Economics and a Doctor of Philosophy of Public Health in International Health.  After finishing his BA at Tulane University he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone.  He spent 15 years at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center designing, analyzing and managing population-based case-control studies of cancer in Louisiana.  His post-doctorate focused on food policy, both domestically and internationally. He currently works with the Highly Vulnerable Children Research Center conducting program evaluations of HIV prevention services in South Africa. He has authored or co-authored over 20 peer reviewed journal articles.

  • bluckett@tulane.edu
  • 504-862-3480
  • With nearly 12 years of experience in academic counseling and student support services, Lane Luneau feels extremely fortunate to have worked with a myriad of students, faculty, and staff on the campuses of Louisiana State University (LSU) and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL).  At ULL, Lane served as an Academic Counselor for student-athletes, who participated in sports such as football, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track & field and golf.  Most recently, he served as the Assistant Academic Director of the LSU Global program, where he assisted international students as they transition to life both academically and socially on LSU’s campus.  He takes great pride seeing his students become well rounded while on campus and ultimately walking across the stage to receive their degree.

     

    Lane earned his Bachelor of General Studies with a concentration in Behavioral Sciences from ULL and his Master of Arts in Communication Studies from LSU.  He is grateful for the opportunity to become a part of Tulane’s School of Social Work, and he is ready to support Tulane athletics at various sporting events.  Lane, along with his wife, Deborah, and bulldog, Lizzie (a proud alum of New Orleans Bulldog Rescue) love the New Orleans area and are eager to call it home.

  • Lane Luneau, MA

    Academic Success Coach

    With nearly 12 years of experience in academic counseling and student support services, Lane Luneau feels extremely fortunate to have worked with a myriad of students, faculty, and staff on the campuses of Louisiana State University (LSU) and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL).  At ULL, Lane served as an Academic Counselor for student-athletes, who participated in sports such as football, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track & field and golf.  Most recently, he served as the Assistant Academic Director of the LSU Global program, where he assisted international students as they transition to life both academically and socially on LSU’s campus.  He takes great pride seeing his students become well rounded while on campus and ultimately walking across the stage to receive their degree.

     

    Lane earned his Bachelor of General Studies with a concentration in Behavioral Sciences from ULL and his Master of Arts in Communication Studies from LSU.  He is grateful for the opportunity to become a part of Tulane’s School of Social Work, and he is ready to support Tulane athletics at various sporting events.  Lane, along with his wife, Deborah, and bulldog, Lizzie (a proud alum of New Orleans Bulldog Rescue) love the New Orleans area and are eager to call it home.

  • bluneau@tulane.edu
  • With a communications career spanning over 22 years, Carrie Moulder is an experienced writer, graphic designer, project manager, and strategist dedicated to building, enhancing, extending, and protecting an organization’s brand. Carrie received a Bachelor’s degree in English Writing from Loyola University New Orleans, and, as such, she employs a storytelling approach for textual and visual content development to convey organizational benefits as well as calls to action. Projects she’s managed range from software training manuals for ship design to product launches for on-site drug testing devices to marketing plans for the city's first and only diaper bank. She received a Master’s in Liberal Arts from Tulane University in 2012 and spent the last six years before joining the School of Social Work overseeing communications and operations for the Junior League of New Orleans, a nonprofit organization of 2100 women dedicated to improving the Greater New Orleans area. Using her communications skills and professional experience, she strives to advance philanthropy, community service, and compassionate care for others.

     

    Carrie is a trained improvisational comedian and uses that to volunteer for Funny Bones Improv, which shares the benefits of laughter with patients, families, and caregivers at Chicago and New Orleans area children’s hospitals. She's also volunteered for and raised funds for the Audubon Institute, New Orleans Film Society, LA/SPCA, Preservation Resource Center, Louisiana Children's Museum, and Covenant House New Orleans. Originally from Houston, Texas, Carrie has lived in New Orleans for over 25 years. She currently resides in Old Metairie with Otto, a Miniature Schnauzer.

  • Carrie Moulder, MLA

    Marketing and Communications Specialist

    With a communications career spanning over 22 years, Carrie Moulder is an experienced writer, graphic designer, project manager, and strategist dedicated to building, enhancing, extending, and protecting an organization’s brand. Carrie received a Bachelor’s degree in English Writing from Loyola University New Orleans, and, as such, she employs a storytelling approach for textual and visual content development to convey organizational benefits as well as calls to action. Projects she’s managed range from software training manuals for ship design to product launches for on-site drug testing devices to marketing plans for the city's first and only diaper bank. She received a Master’s in Liberal Arts from Tulane University in 2012 and spent the last six years before joining the School of Social Work overseeing communications and operations for the Junior League of New Orleans, a nonprofit organization of 2100 women dedicated to improving the Greater New Orleans area. Using her communications skills and professional experience, she strives to advance philanthropy, community service, and compassionate care for others.

     

    Carrie is a trained improvisational comedian and uses that to volunteer for Funny Bones Improv, which shares the benefits of laughter with patients, families, and caregivers at Chicago and New Orleans area children’s hospitals. She's also volunteered for and raised funds for the Audubon Institute, New Orleans Film Society, LA/SPCA, Preservation Resource Center, Louisiana Children's Museum, and Covenant House New Orleans. Originally from Houston, Texas, Carrie has lived in New Orleans for over 25 years. She currently resides in Old Metairie with Otto, a Miniature Schnauzer.

  • cmoulder@tulane.edu
  • 504-247-1941
  • Johanna Nice, MPH, is a Senior Program Manager at the Highly Vulnerable Children Research Center (HVC-RC) at Tulane and a doctoral student at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She holds an MPH in International Health and Development from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and has nearly a decade of international and operations research experience. In her role at the HVC-RC, Ms. Nice supervises all administrative operations, including overseeing project schedules, work plans, budgets and donor reporting to ensure that the project runs smoothly. She also provides support to the COP/PI in all financial, contractual, monitoring, and administrative functions for the Project. Her other primary responsibilities encompass designing and supervising research activities, including the development of study protocols, data collection tools, IRB applications and training materials for impact evaluations utilizing quantitative and

    qualitative methodology. As a key support to the PI in conducting USAID-funded projects, Ms. Nice has contributed extensively to the design, implementation, interpretation and dissemination of multiple studies evaluating the effectiveness of programming for children orphaned or otherwise made vulnerable due to HIV/AIDs (OVC) within South Africa. Additionally, she contributed to the initial conceptualization and design of a family-centred, adolescent HIV prevention curriculum--the Let’s Talk program-- as well as its pilot evaluation and subsequent refinement.  She is currently working on a project to develop and implement a standardized case management monitoring system for PEPFAR-funded USAID OVC programs in South Africa in order to better leverage routine data for performance management.  Feel free to contact her or stop by if you’re interested in learning more about the world of international research!

  • Johanna Nice, MPH

    Program Manager, Highly Vulnerable Children Research

    Johanna Nice, MPH, is a Senior Program Manager at the Highly Vulnerable Children Research Center (HVC-RC) at Tulane and a doctoral student at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She holds an MPH in International Health and Development from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and has nearly a decade of international and operations research experience. In her role at the HVC-RC, Ms. Nice supervises all administrative operations, including overseeing project schedules, work plans, budgets and donor reporting to ensure that the project runs smoothly. She also provides support to the COP/PI in all financial, contractual, monitoring, and administrative functions for the Project. Her other primary responsibilities encompass designing and supervising research activities, including the development of study protocols, data collection tools, IRB applications and training materials for impact evaluations utilizing quantitative and

    qualitative methodology. As a key support to the PI in conducting USAID-funded projects, Ms. Nice has contributed extensively to the design, implementation, interpretation and dissemination of multiple studies evaluating the effectiveness of programming for children orphaned or otherwise made vulnerable due to HIV/AIDs (OVC) within South Africa. Additionally, she contributed to the initial conceptualization and design of a family-centred, adolescent HIV prevention curriculum--the Let’s Talk program-- as well as its pilot evaluation and subsequent refinement.  She is currently working on a project to develop and implement a standardized case management monitoring system for PEPFAR-funded USAID OVC programs in South Africa in order to better leverage routine data for performance management.  Feel free to contact her or stop by if you’re interested in learning more about the world of international research!

  • jnice@tulane.edu
  • 504-862-3476
  • Leah Odeneal received her undergraduate degree in Geosciences from Mississippi State University in 2006. Soon after, she made her way to the Gulf Coast to earn a Master of Arts degree in Communication at the University of South Alabama. Prior to joining Tulane School of Social Work, she managed multiple programs at Tulane’s Center for Advanced Medical Simulation, including the American Heart Association Training Center and Advanced Trauma Life Support training. Leah joined Tulane University in June 2013 after serving as an Emergency Manager for the American Red Cross. During her time at the Red Cross, she managed various disaster response operations across Alabama including Hurricane Isaac and the April 2011 Tornado Super Outbreak. She continues to serve the community by leading a support group for the National Alopecia Areata Foundation and as a leadership volunteer for Evacuteer.

  • Leah Odeneal, MA

    MSW Program Manager

    Leah Odeneal received her undergraduate degree in Geosciences from Mississippi State University in 2006. Soon after, she made her way to the Gulf Coast to earn a Master of Arts degree in Communication at the University of South Alabama. Prior to joining Tulane School of Social Work, she managed multiple programs at Tulane’s Center for Advanced Medical Simulation, including the American Heart Association Training Center and Advanced Trauma Life Support training. Leah joined Tulane University in June 2013 after serving as an Emergency Manager for the American Red Cross. During her time at the Red Cross, she managed various disaster response operations across Alabama including Hurricane Isaac and the April 2011 Tornado Super Outbreak. She continues to serve the community by leading a support group for the National Alopecia Areata Foundation and as a leadership volunteer for Evacuteer.

  • lodeneal@tulane.edu
  • 504-862-3484
  • Catherine Patteson is a trauma-informed mental health practitioner, transformational leader, and community organizer with 15 years of experience working with diverse and vulnerable populations in settings ranging from small non-profits to large healthcare systems. She has experience working with individuals with substance abuse/dual diagnosis, and psychiatric diagnoses, reproductive justice, prevention and treatment in gender-based violence, LGBTQI issues, HIV/AIDS, homelessness, Latinx communities. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, a Master’s in Social Work and Certificate in Disaster Mental Health and Trauma Studies from Tulane University, and a Master’s of Science in Disaster Resilience and Leadership from Tulane University and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Social Work degree. She is an active advocate within her community, volunteering with Evacuteer, the Reproductive Justice Action Collective, and other community based organizations. She serves on the New Orleans Sanford "Sandy" Krasnoff Criminal Justice Council, is an Executive Board of member for the Louisiana Group Psychotherapy Society (LGPS), as well as the Advisory Board for the New Orleans Albert Schweitzer Fellowship.

  • Catherine Patteson Poehling, MSW, MS, LMSW

    Program Manager, MSW Program

    Catherine Patteson is a trauma-informed mental health practitioner, transformational leader, and community organizer with 15 years of experience working with diverse and vulnerable populations in settings ranging from small non-profits to large healthcare systems. She has experience working with individuals with substance abuse/dual diagnosis, and psychiatric diagnoses, reproductive justice, prevention and treatment in gender-based violence, LGBTQI issues, HIV/AIDS, homelessness, Latinx communities. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, a Master’s in Social Work and Certificate in Disaster Mental Health and Trauma Studies from Tulane University, and a Master’s of Science in Disaster Resilience and Leadership from Tulane University and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Social Work degree. She is an active advocate within her community, volunteering with Evacuteer, the Reproductive Justice Action Collective, and other community based organizations. She serves on the New Orleans Sanford "Sandy" Krasnoff Criminal Justice Council, is an Executive Board of member for the Louisiana Group Psychotherapy Society (LGPS), as well as the Advisory Board for the New Orleans Albert Schweitzer Fellowship.

  • cpatteso@tulane.edu
  • 504-862-3483
  • As a New Orleans native, Jessica St. Pierre is attending University of New Orleans studying for her Bachelors of Science in Software Engineering with a minor in Business Administration. Jessica has remained active in her community supporting groups such as the Women’s Business Alliance, SPCA-ARNO and Women With A Vision.

  • Jessica St. Pierre

    Administrative Program Coordinator, Porter Cason Institute and Center for Life Long Learning

    As a New Orleans native, Jessica St. Pierre is attending University of New Orleans studying for her Bachelors of Science in Software Engineering with a minor in Business Administration. Jessica has remained active in her community supporting groups such as the Women’s Business Alliance, SPCA-ARNO and Women With A Vision.

  • jstpierre@tulane.edu
  • 504-247-1446
  • Vanessa Wise Headshot

    Vanessa Wise is a finance leader with a decade of experience in profit and loss, budget management and strategic planning.  Originally from New Jersey, she graduated from Penn State University with a double major in Finance and Spanish.  She went on to work at a leading defense company and graduated from their Financial Leadership Development Program.  Vanessa received her M.B.A from Loyola University in Maryland, with a concentration in Management.  Prior to beginning her role at Tulane University she worked as a business manager at a local charter school.  

  • Vanessa Wise, MBA

    Financial Analyst

    Vanessa Wise is a finance leader with a decade of experience in profit and loss, budget management and strategic planning.  Originally from New Jersey, she graduated from Penn State University with a double major in Finance and Spanish.  She went on to work at a leading defense company and graduated from their Financial Leadership Development Program.  Vanessa received her M.B.A from Loyola University in Maryland, with a concentration in Management.  Prior to beginning her role at Tulane University she worked as a business manager at a local charter school.  

  • vwise@tulane.edu
  • 504-862-3489
  • Tona Zwanziger is the Program Manager for the Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy at Tulane University. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of New Orleans with a major in Sociology and Minor in Psychology. She completed ten years of service as a combat medic and first aid trainer with the US Army National Guard where she was activated for several hurricane-related missions. Following hurricane Katrina, she served as the Lead Administrator for the engineering firm managing the Recovery Program for the City of New Orleans. Tona received her Master of Social Work degree with a certificate in Disaster Mental Health as well as a Masters of Science degree in Disaster Resilience Leadership from Tulane University where she was awarded the Tulane 34 Award for her academic and service achievements. Her research work includes evaluating resilience and recovery following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and she published her graduate thesis, Resilience and the Knowledge of PTSD Symptoms in Military Spouses. Tona holds the LMSW licensing credential and provides psychotherapy services in a private practice setting a few hours each week. She is a Reviewer for the Journal of Traumatology, serves as Adjunct Faculty for the MSW and DRLA programs as well as for the undergraduate Trauma Series.

  • Tona Zwanziger, MS, LMSW

    DRLA Program Manager & Academic Advisor

    Tona Zwanziger is the Program Manager for the Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy at Tulane University. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of New Orleans with a major in Sociology and Minor in Psychology. She completed ten years of service as a combat medic and first aid trainer with the US Army National Guard where she was activated for several hurricane-related missions. Following hurricane Katrina, she served as the Lead Administrator for the engineering firm managing the Recovery Program for the City of New Orleans. Tona received her Master of Social Work degree with a certificate in Disaster Mental Health as well as a Masters of Science degree in Disaster Resilience Leadership from Tulane University where she was awarded the Tulane 34 Award for her academic and service achievements. Her research work includes evaluating resilience and recovery following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and she published her graduate thesis, Resilience and the Knowledge of PTSD Symptoms in Military Spouses. Tona holds the LMSW licensing credential and provides psychotherapy services in a private practice setting a few hours each week. She is a Reviewer for the Journal of Traumatology, serves as Adjunct Faculty for the MSW and DRLA programs as well as for the undergraduate Trauma Series.

  • tzwanzig@tulane.edu
  • 504-247-1453

Adjunct Instructor

  • Dr. Gina Baral Abrams is an Adjunct Professor at the Tulane University School of Social Work. She holds Doctor of Public Health, Master of Public Health, and Master of Social Work degrees from Boston University, and a Master of Education degree in educational statistics, measurement, and evaluation from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. A licensed social worker and master certified health education specialist, Dr. Abrams has been working to develop healthy communities as a macro social worker and public health practitioner for over 20 years. She currently serves as Director of Research and Program Evaluation & Assistant Professor at the International Institute for Restorative Practices, and teaches for the Boston University School of Social Work. She previously served as Director for Health Promotion and Wellness at Princeton University and worked in health promotion at Lehigh University, MIT, and Bentley College and in disease prevention research with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. She co-authored standards of the field, including the Council for Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) Cross-Functional Framework for Advancing Health and Well-Being, the CAS Functional Area Standards for Health Promotion Services, and the American College Health Association Standards of Practice for Health Promotion in Higher Education. Her research interests include high-risk drinking prevention in college students, restorative practices, psychological sense of community, community readiness, and capacity-building for community health and well-being.

  • Gina Baral Abrams, DrPH, EdM, MSW, MCHES, LSW

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    Dr. Gina Baral Abrams is an Adjunct Professor at the Tulane University School of Social Work. She holds Doctor of Public Health, Master of Public Health, and Master of Social Work degrees from Boston University, and a Master of Education degree in educational statistics, measurement, and evaluation from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. A licensed social worker and master certified health education specialist, Dr. Abrams has been working to develop healthy communities as a macro social worker and public health practitioner for over 20 years. She currently serves as Director of Research and Program Evaluation & Assistant Professor at the International Institute for Restorative Practices, and teaches for the Boston University School of Social Work. She previously served as Director for Health Promotion and Wellness at Princeton University and worked in health promotion at Lehigh University, MIT, and Bentley College and in disease prevention research with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. She co-authored standards of the field, including the Council for Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) Cross-Functional Framework for Advancing Health and Well-Being, the CAS Functional Area Standards for Health Promotion Services, and the American College Health Association Standards of Practice for Health Promotion in Higher Education. Her research interests include high-risk drinking prevention in college students, restorative practices, psychological sense of community, community readiness, and capacity-building for community health and well-being.

  • gabrams1@tulane.edu
  • Chikira Barker is an adjunct professor at Tulane University School of Social Work. She completed her undergraduate degrees in psychology and criminology at the University of Florida and obtained her master’s degree in clinical psychology at Texas Tech University. Ms. Barker’s research experience has focused on empirically-supported treatments for child externalizing behavior problems, child maltreatment, and acceptability of empirically-supported treatments in culturally diverse families. Ms. Barker teaches courses in research methods and statistics.

  • Chikira Barker, MS

    Adjunct Instructor

    Chikira Barker is an adjunct professor at Tulane University School of Social Work. She completed her undergraduate degrees in psychology and criminology at the University of Florida and obtained her master’s degree in clinical psychology at Texas Tech University. Ms. Barker’s research experience has focused on empirically-supported treatments for child externalizing behavior problems, child maltreatment, and acceptability of empirically-supported treatments in culturally diverse families. Ms. Barker teaches courses in research methods and statistics.

  • bchikira@tulane.edu
  • Chris Barrilleaux Headshot

    Dr. Christopher Barrilleaux is an Adjunct Professor of Social Work at Tulane University. He completed the Doctor of Social Work degree from Tulane in May 2017, and received the Outsanding Doctoral Student Achievement Award. Publications are in the clinical fiend of sexual addiction treatment efficacy, and in the macro field of housing policy.

    Dr. Barrilleaux has taught theory for 2 semesters and Advanced Clinical & Community Practice for 1 semester to MSW students at Tulane. Dr. Barrilleaux has worked within the field for over 30 years, as a substance abuse counselor, a professional counselor, and a social worker. He has experience in both clinical and community practice areas. He was an interventionist and outpatient counselor for the now defunct Baton Rouge Chemical Dependency Units; MSW team leader at Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff's Office; adolescent & adult outpatient program director at Odyssey House Louisiana, and a volunteer social worker for the homeless at St. Joseph Church Wellness Center prior to Hurricane Katrina. 

    Dr. Barrilleaux has been exclusively in private practice since 2004. His private practice foci include broad spectrum addictive disorders, co-occuring disorders, forenic social work, and collaborative divorce coaching. His mezzo social work practice includes organizational leadership development where he enjoys team building through a lens of jungian typology. 

     

  • Christopher Barrilleaux, DSW, MSW, MATh, LCSW

    Adjunct Instructor

    Dr. Christopher Barrilleaux is an Adjunct Professor of Social Work at Tulane University. He completed the Doctor of Social Work degree from Tulane in May 2017, and received the Outsanding Doctoral Student Achievement Award. Publications are in the clinical fiend of sexual addiction treatment efficacy, and in the macro field of housing policy.

    Dr. Barrilleaux has taught theory for 2 semesters and Advanced Clinical & Community Practice for 1 semester to MSW students at Tulane. Dr. Barrilleaux has worked within the field for over 30 years, as a substance abuse counselor, a professional counselor, and a social worker. He has experience in both clinical and community practice areas. He was an interventionist and outpatient counselor for the now defunct Baton Rouge Chemical Dependency Units; MSW team leader at Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff's Office; adolescent & adult outpatient program director at Odyssey House Louisiana, and a volunteer social worker for the homeless at St. Joseph Church Wellness Center prior to Hurricane Katrina. 

    Dr. Barrilleaux has been exclusively in private practice since 2004. His private practice foci include broad spectrum addictive disorders, co-occuring disorders, forenic social work, and collaborative divorce coaching. His mezzo social work practice includes organizational leadership development where he enjoys team building through a lens of jungian typology. 

     

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  • Ellen Biros Headshot

    Ellen Biros earned a Masters Degree in Justice from the American University in Washington, DC. and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Georgia. She has been practicing social work for over 20 years. Currently, she has a private practice where she specializes in the treatment and assessment of individuals with personality disorders, substance abuse issues, and emotional regulation problems in the criminal court system, private probation, and private practice. For the past 10 years, she has been an online faculty member at The University of Phoenix in the College of Social Services and the College of Natural Sciences. She has taught Legal and Ethical Issues in Health and Human Services; Human Services Administration – So You Want To Help People; Principles of Health and Wellness; Historical Development of Human Service: An Introduction; Working with Sex Offenders; and Alcohol and Drug Related Addictions Disorders. Ellen is a national continuing education speaker and has authored continuing education seminars including “Emotional Manipulators and Codependents: A Recipe for Disaster," “Unmasking Manipulative Relationships: Effective Strategies for Countering Covert Abuse," "Personality Disorders: The Challenges of the Hidden Agenda," and "Antisocial, Borderline, Narcissistic and Histrionic: Effective Treatment for Cluster B Personality Disorders." Ellen lives in Alpharetta, Georgia, with her husband and two teenage daughters and enjoys playing tennis, running and spending time with her family.

  • Ellen Biros, MSW, MS, LCSW

    Adjunct Instructor

    Ellen Biros earned a Masters Degree in Justice from the American University in Washington, DC. and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Georgia. She has been practicing social work for over 20 years. Currently, she has a private practice where she specializes in the treatment and assessment of individuals with personality disorders, substance abuse issues, and emotional regulation problems in the criminal court system, private probation, and private practice. For the past 10 years, she has been an online faculty member at The University of Phoenix in the College of Social Services and the College of Natural Sciences. She has taught Legal and Ethical Issues in Health and Human Services; Human Services Administration – So You Want To Help People; Principles of Health and Wellness; Historical Development of Human Service: An Introduction; Working with Sex Offenders; and Alcohol and Drug Related Addictions Disorders. Ellen is a national continuing education speaker and has authored continuing education seminars including “Emotional Manipulators and Codependents: A Recipe for Disaster," “Unmasking Manipulative Relationships: Effective Strategies for Countering Covert Abuse," "Personality Disorders: The Challenges of the Hidden Agenda," and "Antisocial, Borderline, Narcissistic and Histrionic: Effective Treatment for Cluster B Personality Disorders." Ellen lives in Alpharetta, Georgia, with her husband and two teenage daughters and enjoys playing tennis, running and spending time with her family.

  • ebiros@tulane.edu
  • Amy “Kaley” Brand, LCSW received her BA in English from Mississippi College and Masters in Social Work from Tulane University. She is currently a doctoral student of social work at Tulane, where she is expected to complete the program in May of 2020. Kaley has spent the majority of her time in New Orleans working in the field of hospice, where she has fulfilled the roles of social worker, bereavement program development and ongoing educator to the community about end of life services. Her primary research and clinical areas of interest include: death, dying and bereavement, hospice and palliative care, the application of grief theories to social work practice, human development across the lifespan, and the experiences of the dying individual. Her future goal is to strengthen the available research surrounding social work interventions for those who are coping with bereavement.

  • Kaley Brand, MSW, LCSW

    Adjunct Instructor

    Amy “Kaley” Brand, LCSW received her BA in English from Mississippi College and Masters in Social Work from Tulane University. She is currently a doctoral student of social work at Tulane, where she is expected to complete the program in May of 2020. Kaley has spent the majority of her time in New Orleans working in the field of hospice, where she has fulfilled the roles of social worker, bereavement program development and ongoing educator to the community about end of life services. Her primary research and clinical areas of interest include: death, dying and bereavement, hospice and palliative care, the application of grief theories to social work practice, human development across the lifespan, and the experiences of the dying individual. Her future goal is to strengthen the available research surrounding social work interventions for those who are coping with bereavement.

  • abrand3@tulane.edu
  • Lisanne Brown has an MPH and PhD in Epidemiology from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She is currently the Director of Evaluation at the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) and oversees the evaluations of all LPHI programs including the Gulf Regional Health Outreach Project (GRHOP) which was created as part of the Deepwater Horizon Medical Benefits Class Action Settlement (www.grhop.org). Dr. Brown has more than 20 years’ experience conducting applied public health research and program evaluation in several disaster settings including the Gulf Coast of the US and Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to Joining LPHI, Dr. Brown's work focused on reproductive health and HIV and AIDS programs in developing countries where she conducted a number of studies on the effects of HIV on health well-being. Working with stakeholders at local and national levels, results from Dr. Brown's research have been used to improve programs and develop evidenced-based policies.

  • Lisanne Brown, PhD, MPH

    Adjunct Instructor

    Lisanne Brown has an MPH and PhD in Epidemiology from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She is currently the Director of Evaluation at the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) and oversees the evaluations of all LPHI programs including the Gulf Regional Health Outreach Project (GRHOP) which was created as part of the Deepwater Horizon Medical Benefits Class Action Settlement (www.grhop.org). Dr. Brown has more than 20 years’ experience conducting applied public health research and program evaluation in several disaster settings including the Gulf Coast of the US and Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to Joining LPHI, Dr. Brown's work focused on reproductive health and HIV and AIDS programs in developing countries where she conducted a number of studies on the effects of HIV on health well-being. Working with stakeholders at local and national levels, results from Dr. Brown's research have been used to improve programs and develop evidenced-based policies.

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  • Scott Burcham, MSSW, MA, LCSW, has over twenty years experience in Social Work education with teaching experience at both graduate and undergraduate levels. He has presented numerous papers and presentations from the local to international level. His presentations are often noted for their rigor, relevance and inclusion of humor that facilitates a relaxed learning environment. He has held appointments with Arkansas State University, The University of Tennessee and the University of Arkansas. In addition he has served as the President of the Social Work Division of the Southwest Social Science Association and the book review editor for the Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work. Scott resides in the geographical rich farmland of the Mississippi River Delta in northeast Arkansas where he is active in the mental health community, having considerable practice experience.

  • R. Scott Burcham, MSSW, MA, LCSW

    Adjunct Instructor

    Scott Burcham, MSSW, MA, LCSW, has over twenty years experience in Social Work education with teaching experience at both graduate and undergraduate levels. He has presented numerous papers and presentations from the local to international level. His presentations are often noted for their rigor, relevance and inclusion of humor that facilitates a relaxed learning environment. He has held appointments with Arkansas State University, The University of Tennessee and the University of Arkansas. In addition he has served as the President of the Social Work Division of the Southwest Social Science Association and the book review editor for the Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work. Scott resides in the geographical rich farmland of the Mississippi River Delta in northeast Arkansas where he is active in the mental health community, having considerable practice experience.

  • rburcham@tulane.edu
  • Marvin Clifford

    Marvin W. Clifford, PhD, LCSW-BACS, CGP is an adjunct faculty with Tulane University School of Social Work for over 28 years. He specializes in social work practice, addictions and co-occurring disorders, mental health, children, adolescents, families, couples, individuals and groups. His teaching interest are methods, clinical areas, mental health, addictions, human behavior and the social environment, community, and relationships, marriage and family, theory, and groups. Dr. Clifford is also a Board Approved Clinical Supervisor (BACS), holds the Certified Group Psychotherapist credential, and is a Certified Employee Assistance Professional as well. His affiliation with the Ochsner Health Systems Department of Psychiatry goes back 29 years. Currently he is the Director of Employee Assistance Programs and the Director of Group Therapy. He also does supervision and direct clinical practice with a variety of clients.

  • Marvin Clifford, PhD, MSW, LCSW-BACS, CGP

    Adjunct Instructor

    Marvin W. Clifford, PhD, LCSW-BACS, CGP is an adjunct faculty with Tulane University School of Social Work for over 28 years. He specializes in social work practice, addictions and co-occurring disorders, mental health, children, adolescents, families, couples, individuals and groups. His teaching interest are methods, clinical areas, mental health, addictions, human behavior and the social environment, community, and relationships, marriage and family, theory, and groups. Dr. Clifford is also a Board Approved Clinical Supervisor (BACS), holds the Certified Group Psychotherapist credential, and is a Certified Employee Assistance Professional as well. His affiliation with the Ochsner Health Systems Department of Psychiatry goes back 29 years. Currently he is the Director of Employee Assistance Programs and the Director of Group Therapy. He also does supervision and direct clinical practice with a variety of clients.

  • mcliffo@tulane.edu
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  • Ms. Larissa Parrott Dickinson is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with Private Practice Certification in Alabama.  She received her Bachelor and Master’s in Social Work from The University of Georgia with concentration in Community Empowerment and Program Development.  She is currently a doctoral student of social work at Tulane University.  Ms. Dickinson’s areas of interest and experience are School Social Work (K-12), Homeless Education, Affordable Housing, and Mental Health.

  • Larissa Dickenson, MSW, LICSW

    Adjunct Instructor

    Ms. Larissa Parrott Dickinson is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with Private Practice Certification in Alabama.  She received her Bachelor and Master’s in Social Work from The University of Georgia with concentration in Community Empowerment and Program Development.  She is currently a doctoral student of social work at Tulane University.  Ms. Dickinson’s areas of interest and experience are School Social Work (K-12), Homeless Education, Affordable Housing, and Mental Health.

  • Kelly “Ked” Dixon Waterman is a graduate of the 2010 part time class of the Tulane School of Social Work. She became an LCSW in 2014 after working as a Housing Coordinator and Medical Case Manager for NO/AIDS Task Force.  In addition to teaching at TSSW, Ked is employed as a Behavioral Health Therapist at CrescentCare in New Orleans. Ked helped developed the Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health program, and currently maintains the Play Therapy clinic at CrescentCare. Ked is a Board Approved Clinical Supervisor for Master’s level Social Workers, is an EMDRIA certified therapist in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and is currently working on becoming a Registered Play Therapist. Ked has worked to develop playful interventions specific to the GLBTQAI+  population and their families, and has focused on transgender youth in her work. Ked is also an consultant with the BACH Group of New Orleans, where she develops continuing education for professionals in Ethics. She recently begame a Registered Play Therapist with The Association for Play Therapy.

     

    When she’s not working, Ked enjoys distance running and spending time with her three year old son, Jack.

  • Kelly "Ked" Dixon, MSW, LCSW-BACS, RPT

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    Kelly “Ked” Dixon Waterman is a graduate of the 2010 part time class of the Tulane School of Social Work. She became an LCSW in 2014 after working as a Housing Coordinator and Medical Case Manager for NO/AIDS Task Force.  In addition to teaching at TSSW, Ked is employed as a Behavioral Health Therapist at CrescentCare in New Orleans. Ked helped developed the Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health program, and currently maintains the Play Therapy clinic at CrescentCare. Ked is a Board Approved Clinical Supervisor for Master’s level Social Workers, is an EMDRIA certified therapist in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and is currently working on becoming a Registered Play Therapist. Ked has worked to develop playful interventions specific to the GLBTQAI+  population and their families, and has focused on transgender youth in her work. Ked is also an consultant with the BACH Group of New Orleans, where she develops continuing education for professionals in Ethics. She recently begame a Registered Play Therapist with The Association for Play Therapy.

     

    When she’s not working, Ked enjoys distance running and spending time with her three year old son, Jack.

  • kdixon@tulane.edu
  • Dr. Drake is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Approved Clinical Supervisor. He received his Master of Social Work degree from Tulane University in 2003 and his Doctor of Social Work in 2018. Over the past fourteen years he has been a staff member at NO/AIDS Task Force/CrescentCare where he has worked in both HIV Case Management and Prevention. Currently Dr. Drake is the Behavioral Health Supervisor at CrescentCare where his time is spent between Clinical Administration and Practice His clinical areas of interest include: HIV, PrEP, MSM and Transgender Health with an extracurricular interest in the Neurobiological effects of trauma. In addition, Dr. Drake has served as a Clinical Field Supervisor for Tulane and SUNO Schools of Social Work, The University of Houston College of Social Work and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Xavier University of Louisiana, in New Orleans. Dr. Drake resides in New Orleans with his domestic companion and their four canine children, Gumbo, Beignet, Absinthe and Pimms.

  • Mark Drake, DSW, MSW, LCSW-BACS

    Adjunct Instructor

    Dr. Drake is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Approved Clinical Supervisor. He received his Master of Social Work degree from Tulane University in 2003 and his Doctor of Social Work in 2018. Over the past fourteen years he has been a staff member at NO/AIDS Task Force/CrescentCare where he has worked in both HIV Case Management and Prevention. Currently Dr. Drake is the Behavioral Health Supervisor at CrescentCare where his time is spent between Clinical Administration and Practice His clinical areas of interest include: HIV, PrEP, MSM and Transgender Health with an extracurricular interest in the Neurobiological effects of trauma. In addition, Dr. Drake has served as a Clinical Field Supervisor for Tulane and SUNO Schools of Social Work, The University of Houston College of Social Work and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Xavier University of Louisiana, in New Orleans. Dr. Drake resides in New Orleans with his domestic companion and their four canine children, Gumbo, Beignet, Absinthe and Pimms.

  • mdrake2@tulane.edu
  • Corey Eide

    Corey Eide serves as the director of capability development for Team Rubicon. In this role, Corey oversees the design and development of new services to offer individuals and communities affected by disasters both domestic and international. Prior to joining Team Rubicon, Corey spent over a decade with the American Red Cross in a variety of roles. Most recently he focused on modernizing its disaster recovery program including the redesign of its cash transfer programming. Prior to this, Corey led catastrophic earthquake planning efforts, partnership development and training development. At Tulane University, Corey has developed and taught a number of courses at the Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy and the Payson Graduate Program in Global Development. Most recently, this includes the development and facilitation of Leadership in Disaster: Theory and Practice, which explores one hundred years of leadership theory and the application (or lack there-of) of these theories by leaders in the disaster space. International experience includes volunteer work in Haiti, a research deployment to Chile following the earthquake in 2010 and coursework completed in Thailand, Panama, and India. Corey has a Masters of Science in International Development from Tulane.

  • Corey Eide, MS

    Adjunct Instructor for MSW / DRLA Fellow

    Corey Eide serves as the director of capability development for Team Rubicon. In this role, Corey oversees the design and development of new services to offer individuals and communities affected by disasters both domestic and international. Prior to joining Team Rubicon, Corey spent over a decade with the American Red Cross in a variety of roles. Most recently he focused on modernizing its disaster recovery program including the redesign of its cash transfer programming. Prior to this, Corey led catastrophic earthquake planning efforts, partnership development and training development. At Tulane University, Corey has developed and taught a number of courses at the Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy and the Payson Graduate Program in Global Development. Most recently, this includes the development and facilitation of Leadership in Disaster: Theory and Practice, which explores one hundred years of leadership theory and the application (or lack there-of) of these theories by leaders in the disaster space. International experience includes volunteer work in Haiti, a research deployment to Chile following the earthquake in 2010 and coursework completed in Thailand, Panama, and India. Corey has a Masters of Science in International Development from Tulane.

  • ceide@tulane.edu
  • Melinda B. Flynn is a Field Liaison at Tulane School of Social Work, teaching in both the ground and online programs. Melinda is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker-Board Approved Clinical Supervisor. She began her social work career as a direct service provider in the HIV/AIDS services arena. After receiving her MSW from Tulane University School of Social Work in 1997, she worked for the next eight years as a mental health clinician for the VA Medical Center. Since receiving her clinical licensure in 2001, Melinda has worked in private practice specializing in immigration advocacy. For these last sixteen years, she has worked with individuals and families in their immigration cases as a mental health consultant and has testified in court numerous times on their behalf. She has collaborated with immigration attorneys throughout the New Orleans area and elsewhere in the region, and she has given presentations about her work to students, faculty, and attorney groups. Melinda also works with individual therapy clients; supervises practicing social workers seeking clinical licensure; conducts Mind Body Skills groups for veterans and the general community; and she volunteers as a pro bono asylum evaluator for Physicians for Human Rights. She lives in New Orleans with her two children.

  • Melinda Flynn, LCSW-BACS

    Adjunct Instructor

    Melinda B. Flynn is a Field Liaison at Tulane School of Social Work, teaching in both the ground and online programs. Melinda is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker-Board Approved Clinical Supervisor. She began her social work career as a direct service provider in the HIV/AIDS services arena. After receiving her MSW from Tulane University School of Social Work in 1997, she worked for the next eight years as a mental health clinician for the VA Medical Center. Since receiving her clinical licensure in 2001, Melinda has worked in private practice specializing in immigration advocacy. For these last sixteen years, she has worked with individuals and families in their immigration cases as a mental health consultant and has testified in court numerous times on their behalf. She has collaborated with immigration attorneys throughout the New Orleans area and elsewhere in the region, and she has given presentations about her work to students, faculty, and attorney groups. Melinda also works with individual therapy clients; supervises practicing social workers seeking clinical licensure; conducts Mind Body Skills groups for veterans and the general community; and she volunteers as a pro bono asylum evaluator for Physicians for Human Rights. She lives in New Orleans with her two children.

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  • Andrew Hancock Headshot

    Andrew Hancock, LCSW received his BA in psychology from the University of Kentucky and MSW from Tulane University with a Certificate in Global Social Work. He is currently a doctoral student of social work at Tulane. His research and clinical areas of interests include: anxiety, death and dying, expressive therapies, gerontology, global social work, human development across the lifespan, HIV/AIDS, LGBTQIA development, medical social work, minority health disparities, resilience factors in chronically ill individuals, and trauma. Andrew has worked in program management as part of a critical response team in aviation, also in medical social work and behavioral health for large health care organizations, and with college students in campus health and substance abuse treatment.

  • Andrew Hancock, MSW, LCSW

    Adjunct Instructor

    Andrew Hancock, LCSW received his BA in psychology from the University of Kentucky and MSW from Tulane University with a Certificate in Global Social Work. He is currently a doctoral student of social work at Tulane. His research and clinical areas of interests include: anxiety, death and dying, expressive therapies, gerontology, global social work, human development across the lifespan, HIV/AIDS, LGBTQIA development, medical social work, minority health disparities, resilience factors in chronically ill individuals, and trauma. Andrew has worked in program management as part of a critical response team in aviation, also in medical social work and behavioral health for large health care organizations, and with college students in campus health and substance abuse treatment.

  • ahancoc3@tulane.edu
  • Dr. Michell Herring, LISW-CP, earned her MSW from the University of South Carolina and has been a licensed social worker for over 25 years. Dr. Herring has extensive experience in adult and child mental health, and currently supervises four adult clinical teams in an outpatient mental health clinic. Prof. Herring earned her PhD in Human Services, with a specialization in Social and Community Services from Capella University in 2015. She has been teaching in higher education for over 6 years and truly enjoys working with students! Dr. Herring’s research interests include health disparities, institutional racism, and trauma. Dr. Herring lives in the Charleston area in South Carolina with her husband and is the proud mother of 3 adult children.

  • Michell Herring, Ph.D, MSW, LISW

    Adjunct Instructor

    Dr. Michell Herring, LISW-CP, earned her MSW from the University of South Carolina and has been a licensed social worker for over 25 years. Dr. Herring has extensive experience in adult and child mental health, and currently supervises four adult clinical teams in an outpatient mental health clinic. Prof. Herring earned her PhD in Human Services, with a specialization in Social and Community Services from Capella University in 2015. She has been teaching in higher education for over 6 years and truly enjoys working with students! Dr. Herring’s research interests include health disparities, institutional racism, and trauma. Dr. Herring lives in the Charleston area in South Carolina with her husband and is the proud mother of 3 adult children.

  • mherring1@tulane.edu
  • Sarah E. Hoffpauir, LCSW-BACS is an adjunct faculty professor for Tulane School of Social Work and a full time Clinical Liaison for Aetna Medicaid in Louisiana. Serving vulnerable populations in health settings is the hallmark of Sarah’s career. Prior to her current position implementing policy changes for integration of behavioral health and primary care in Medicaid, she successfully advocated for policy changes within Louisiana’s Department of Health and Office of Behavioral Health during recovery from Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of the mental health system. Sarah received the SAMHSA Spirit of Recovery Award (2006) for her leadership of the GNO Mental Health Resiliency and Recovery Group response after Hurricane Katrina. Sarah directed the collaborative Behavioral Health Action Network (BHAN) advocating for psychiatric services from 2006-2010. Under Sarah’s leadership, BHAN successfully advocated for implementation of Assertive Community Treatment teams, Crisis Intervention Team police training and Nicola’s Law for Assisted Outpatient Treatment which are still still in place today. Sarah is a licensed clinical social worker, board approved clinical supervisor and trained in Primary Care Behavioral Health at the Center for Integrated Care, University of Massachusetts. She holds a degree of Master of Social Work from Tulane University.

  • Sarah Hoffpauir, MSW, LCSW-BACS

    Adjunct Instructor

    Sarah E. Hoffpauir, LCSW-BACS is an adjunct faculty professor for Tulane School of Social Work and a full time Clinical Liaison for Aetna Medicaid in Louisiana. Serving vulnerable populations in health settings is the hallmark of Sarah’s career. Prior to her current position implementing policy changes for integration of behavioral health and primary care in Medicaid, she successfully advocated for policy changes within Louisiana’s Department of Health and Office of Behavioral Health during recovery from Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of the mental health system. Sarah received the SAMHSA Spirit of Recovery Award (2006) for her leadership of the GNO Mental Health Resiliency and Recovery Group response after Hurricane Katrina. Sarah directed the collaborative Behavioral Health Action Network (BHAN) advocating for psychiatric services from 2006-2010. Under Sarah’s leadership, BHAN successfully advocated for implementation of Assertive Community Treatment teams, Crisis Intervention Team police training and Nicola’s Law for Assisted Outpatient Treatment which are still still in place today. Sarah is a licensed clinical social worker, board approved clinical supervisor and trained in Primary Care Behavioral Health at the Center for Integrated Care, University of Massachusetts. She holds a degree of Master of Social Work from Tulane University.

  • shoffpau@tulane.edu
  • Brandi Johnson Headshot

    Mrs. Brandi Johnson joins Tulane University this year in the School of Social Work. She has been involved in the field of Social Work for over ten years and has a passion for educating others on how to successfully pursue their endeavors in the same field. She has extensive knowledge working with a variety of populations including but not limited to Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Victim Advocacy, Child Welfare, and HIV/AIDs awareness. She attended Southern University and A&M College where she received her Bachelors of Science in Sociology. She then received her Master in Social work at the Southern University at New Orleans in 2012. She is currently obtaining her Doctorate in Social Work at Capella University. Professor’s Johnson’s fields of study and interest include: Human Behavior and the Environment, Direct Service, Diversity and Social Justice, Field Seminar, and Intro to Organization and Community Practice. With her extensive field experience and knowledge, Mrs. Johnson has an unparalleled view into the world of social work and is eager to help prepare the next generation of social workers with the skills needed to successfully engage in this complexly gratifying profession.

  • Brandi Johnson, MSW, LMSW

    Adjunct Instructor

    Mrs. Brandi Johnson joins Tulane University this year in the School of Social Work. She has been involved in the field of Social Work for over ten years and has a passion for educating others on how to successfully pursue their endeavors in the same field. She has extensive knowledge working with a variety of populations including but not limited to Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Victim Advocacy, Child Welfare, and HIV/AIDs awareness. She attended Southern University and A&M College where she received her Bachelors of Science in Sociology. She then received her Master in Social work at the Southern University at New Orleans in 2012. She is currently obtaining her Doctorate in Social Work at Capella University. Professor’s Johnson’s fields of study and interest include: Human Behavior and the Environment, Direct Service, Diversity and Social Justice, Field Seminar, and Intro to Organization and Community Practice. With her extensive field experience and knowledge, Mrs. Johnson has an unparalleled view into the world of social work and is eager to help prepare the next generation of social workers with the skills needed to successfully engage in this complexly gratifying profession.

  • bjohnson4@tulane.edu
  • Maureen Joseph has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Tulane University in New Orleans and prior to starting her life coaching and training company Trans-Spire she worked in both the corporate and nonprofit arenas. She is an Adjunct Professor at Tulane University School of Social Work teaching macro level classes in social welfare, organizations and community practice, advocacy and community organizing. In addition to teaching at the University, she is working with the University’s “Center for Natural Connections” where she trains facilitators for the Talk, Touch & Listen program, which is designed to build parent capacity and overcome internalized oppression by promoting positive attitudes towards hair combing. Recently, Maureen joined the training team of the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond where she focuses on educating and organizing individuals and community based organizations to develop anti-racism networks to promote social transformation. In years past she worked as the Executive Director of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program in New Orleans, a program that trains community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the foster care system. Maureen’s unique combination of private industry, nonprofit and institutional academic experience creates a gateway to view problems and opportunities from a variety of perspectives which she uses as a launch pad to co-create comprehensive and multilayered solutions with her clients.

  • Maureen Joseph, MSW, LMSW

    Adjunct Instructor

    Maureen Joseph has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Tulane University in New Orleans and prior to starting her life coaching and training company Trans-Spire she worked in both the corporate and nonprofit arenas. She is an Adjunct Professor at Tulane University School of Social Work teaching macro level classes in social welfare, organizations and community practice, advocacy and community organizing. In addition to teaching at the University, she is working with the University’s “Center for Natural Connections” where she trains facilitators for the Talk, Touch & Listen program, which is designed to build parent capacity and overcome internalized oppression by promoting positive attitudes towards hair combing. Recently, Maureen joined the training team of the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond where she focuses on educating and organizing individuals and community based organizations to develop anti-racism networks to promote social transformation. In years past she worked as the Executive Director of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program in New Orleans, a program that trains community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the foster care system. Maureen’s unique combination of private industry, nonprofit and institutional academic experience creates a gateway to view problems and opportunities from a variety of perspectives which she uses as a launch pad to co-create comprehensive and multilayered solutions with her clients.

  • mjoseph3@tulane.edu
  • Letitia's educational background is in Social Work. She obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia. The focus of both her undergraduate and graduate education centered upon clinical social work. IShe also holds a Certification in Clinical Supervision, which she uses to mentor, educate, and train other Human Services Professionals. Since 2012, that focus expanded to include community development. Teaching has been a natural progression from her passion for being a student. She enjoys the learning process, as well as, being a part of someone’s growth process. She has served in the field of Social Work for over 20 years.

    In addition to her interest in teaching, her career has been centered in the field of Mental Health. Specifically, she has been involved in positions that focus on the treatment and prevention of teens and adults who suffer from depression and anxiety. Suicide Prevention has also been a part of her work. Her roles in this field have provided her with experience and insight into the field of social work and the breakdown that occurs in the systemic responses to those seeking help, often causing an increased amount of emotional suffering. Due to the need for more non-traditional types of therapy, she became curious and began an exploration into the practices and inner works of Mindfulness, which resulted in me obtaining her Certification in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. She incorporates mindfulness practices daily, not only in her work, but also in her personal life. In 2012, she created a company by the name of Looseleaf Clinical Consulting with a core mission of creating change on a systemic level to reach individuals, communities, and organizations for the advancement of a mentally healthy society. Her life mission is to design and build sustainable communities that advocate, support, and educate mental health. She is a Creator and a Designer, and she believes in being the change that you want to see in the world.

    On a personal note, she currently resides in Newport News, Virginia. Some of her hobbies include drawing, creative writing, designing, watching movies, painting, playing games, and spending quality time with loved ones. 

  • Letitia Laurien, MSW, LCSW-ACS

    Adjunct Instructor

    Letitia's educational background is in Social Work. She obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia. The focus of both her undergraduate and graduate education centered upon clinical social work. IShe also holds a Certification in Clinical Supervision, which she uses to mentor, educate, and train other Human Services Professionals. Since 2012, that focus expanded to include community development. Teaching has been a natural progression from her passion for being a student. She enjoys the learning process, as well as, being a part of someone’s growth process. She has served in the field of Social Work for over 20 years.

    In addition to her interest in teaching, her career has been centered in the field of Mental Health. Specifically, she has been involved in positions that focus on the treatment and prevention of teens and adults who suffer from depression and anxiety. Suicide Prevention has also been a part of her work. Her roles in this field have provided her with experience and insight into the field of social work and the breakdown that occurs in the systemic responses to those seeking help, often causing an increased amount of emotional suffering. Due to the need for more non-traditional types of therapy, she became curious and began an exploration into the practices and inner works of Mindfulness, which resulted in me obtaining her Certification in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. She incorporates mindfulness practices daily, not only in her work, but also in her personal life. In 2012, she created a company by the name of Looseleaf Clinical Consulting with a core mission of creating change on a systemic level to reach individuals, communities, and organizations for the advancement of a mentally healthy society. Her life mission is to design and build sustainable communities that advocate, support, and educate mental health. She is a Creator and a Designer, and she believes in being the change that you want to see in the world.

    On a personal note, she currently resides in Newport News, Virginia. Some of her hobbies include drawing, creative writing, designing, watching movies, painting, playing games, and spending quality time with loved ones. 

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  • Carly LeBlanc is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Approved Clinical Supervisor with 15 years of experience in mental health. She received her undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and her Master of Social Work degree from Tulane University. Carly has worked in both outpatient and inpatient psychiatric settings with adolescents, adults and geriatric clients. She has extensive experience in conducting both group and individual therapy. She has worked in program development and served as the program coordinator for the VA New Orleans Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center, a mental health day treatment program for veterans with serious mental illness diagnoses. Carly is currently in private practice, where she provides evidenced based treatment interventions to help clients who are struggling with mood, anxiety and psychotic disorders. Her primary theoretical treatment models include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She is also trained and skilled in Motivational Interviewing and Social Skills Training. Carly has specific clinical interest and expertise in social anxiety, serious mental illness diagnoses, suicide prevention and LGBTQIA+ resilience.

  • Carly LeBlanc, MSW, LCSW-BACS

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    Carly LeBlanc is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Approved Clinical Supervisor with 15 years of experience in mental health. She received her undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and her Master of Social Work degree from Tulane University. Carly has worked in both outpatient and inpatient psychiatric settings with adolescents, adults and geriatric clients. She has extensive experience in conducting both group and individual therapy. She has worked in program development and served as the program coordinator for the VA New Orleans Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center, a mental health day treatment program for veterans with serious mental illness diagnoses. Carly is currently in private practice, where she provides evidenced based treatment interventions to help clients who are struggling with mood, anxiety and psychotic disorders. Her primary theoretical treatment models include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She is also trained and skilled in Motivational Interviewing and Social Skills Training. Carly has specific clinical interest and expertise in social anxiety, serious mental illness diagnoses, suicide prevention and LGBTQIA+ resilience.

  • cleblanc2@tulane.edu
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    Ngawang Legshe, LCSW-BACS, is an educator, psychotherapist, and clinical supervisor. He has developed and taught cross cultural courses on social welfare, social movement, and mindfulness at Tulane University since 2005. He is the clinical manager at RHD Jefferson Parish Assertive Community Treatment. His research interestes are chronic mental illness, addiction, complex trauma, dual diagnosis, death and dying, mind body practices with an evidence-based clinical interventions, social movement, community-based NGOs, and innovative programs for vulerable populations.  


     

  • Ngawang Legshe, MSW, LCSW-BACS

    Adjunct Instructor

    Ngawang Legshe, LCSW-BACS, is an educator, psychotherapist, and clinical supervisor. He has developed and taught cross cultural courses on social welfare, social movement, and mindfulness at Tulane University since 2005. He is the clinical manager at RHD Jefferson Parish Assertive Community Treatment. His research interestes are chronic mental illness, addiction, complex trauma, dual diagnosis, death and dying, mind body practices with an evidence-based clinical interventions, social movement, community-based NGOs, and innovative programs for vulerable populations.  


     

  • nlegshe@tulane.edu
  • Estilla is a PhD candidate in Tulane’s City, Culture, and Community program on the social work track. She is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she received her BFA at the University of New Mexico in Theater Performance. Estilla then received her MSW with a Disaster Mental Health Certificate at Tulane University. Estilla has been a high school special education teacher and coordinator, a bilingual school-based child and family therapist, and a Psychological First Aid instructor for the American Red Cross. She holds a current LCSW license in both New Mexico and Louisiana. Her intersecting areas of interest are children and youth, disability diagnosis, race, socioeconomics, social welfare policy and history, trauma, and school discipline practices.

  • Estilla Lightfoot, MSW, LCSW

    Adjunct Instructor

    Estilla is a PhD candidate in Tulane’s City, Culture, and Community program on the social work track. She is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she received her BFA at the University of New Mexico in Theater Performance. Estilla then received her MSW with a Disaster Mental Health Certificate at Tulane University. Estilla has been a high school special education teacher and coordinator, a bilingual school-based child and family therapist, and a Psychological First Aid instructor for the American Red Cross. She holds a current LCSW license in both New Mexico and Louisiana. Her intersecting areas of interest are children and youth, disability diagnosis, race, socioeconomics, social welfare policy and history, trauma, and school discipline practices.

  • elightfo@tulane.edu
  • Dr. Lufkin completed her Masters in Social Work in 2006 and her Doctorate in Social Work in 2017, both at Tulane. She currently works for Ochsner Health Systems in the Department of Functional Restoration working with chronic pain patients and handles all research for her program. Prior to that, she worked as a clinical counselor for the US Navy and US Marine Corps. She has published journal articles in the areas of military family health and in HIV Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) impacts and usage. Her interests include health and wellness, research, cooking, her adorable dog and learning to garden. She lives in New Orleans.

  • Kate Phillips Lufkin, DSW, LCSW-BACS

    Adjunct Instructor

    Dr. Lufkin completed her Masters in Social Work in 2006 and her Doctorate in Social Work in 2017, both at Tulane. She currently works for Ochsner Health Systems in the Department of Functional Restoration working with chronic pain patients and handles all research for her program. Prior to that, she worked as a clinical counselor for the US Navy and US Marine Corps. She has published journal articles in the areas of military family health and in HIV Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) impacts and usage. Her interests include health and wellness, research, cooking, her adorable dog and learning to garden. She lives in New Orleans.

  • klufkin1@tulane.edu
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    Shannon Matthews earned her MSW from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. Shannon has been a Social Work practitioner for over 15 years and her areas of expertise are in the field of Child Welfare, Medical Social Work and Juvenile Justice. Shannon has over 5 years of experience in curriculum development and training. She resides in Prairieville, LA with her family.

  • Shannon Matthews, MSW, LMSW

    Adjunct Instructor

    Shannon Matthews earned her MSW from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. Shannon has been a Social Work practitioner for over 15 years and her areas of expertise are in the field of Child Welfare, Medical Social Work and Juvenile Justice. Shannon has over 5 years of experience in curriculum development and training. She resides in Prairieville, LA with her family.

  • smatthews1@tulane.edu
  • Jenn Miller Scarnato is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of Louisiana, and an adjunct professor in the School of Social Work at Tulane University. Jenn earned her Master of Social Work in 2013 from Loyola University Chicago, with a specialization in Children & Families, and a sub-specialization in Migration. She concurrently earned a Master of Arts in Women’s Studies & Gender Studies from Loyola University Chicago in 2013. Jenn is a narrative therapy practitioner, and has a background in documentary filmmaking. Both within and outside of academia, Jenn’s work has focused on storytelling for social justice within immigrant and indigenous communities in the U.S. and Latin America. Jenn has worked in the non-profit arena for more than 10 years developing culturally sensitive programs and policies with marginalized populations, focusing on youth and families. Jenn’s professional experiences include managing the Illinois Family Resource Program at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, developing after-school programming for at-risk youth in Chicago and Orlando, and direct practice in leadership and psychosocial skills development with indigenous youth in Mexico and Guatemala, as well as migrant youth in New Orleans. Throughout her career, Jenn has been guided by resilience- and strengths-based approaches to engaging members of groups who have experienced oppression, with a commitment to working toward social transformation and collective empowerment. Currently, Jenn is working toward her PhD in the Social Work track of the interdisciplinary City, Culture, & Community program at Tulane University. She conducts community-engaged research with Latinx youth with local organization Puentes New Orleans, and is a fellow in the inaugural cohort of the Mellon Graduate Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship at Tulane. Jenn also conducts research on indigenous populations with Dr. Catherine Burnette, and on trauma with Dr. Charles Figley, both faculty members in the Tulane School of Social Work. Jenn has published articles in several peer-reviewed publications, including Qualitative Social Work, Family Process, and the Journal of Technology in Human Services.

  • Jennifer Miller, MSW, MA, LMSW

    Adjunct Instructor

    Jenn Miller Scarnato is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of Louisiana, and an adjunct professor in the School of Social Work at Tulane University. Jenn earned her Master of Social Work in 2013 from Loyola University Chicago, with a specialization in Children & Families, and a sub-specialization in Migration. She concurrently earned a Master of Arts in Women’s Studies & Gender Studies from Loyola University Chicago in 2013. Jenn is a narrative therapy practitioner, and has a background in documentary filmmaking. Both within and outside of academia, Jenn’s work has focused on storytelling for social justice within immigrant and indigenous communities in the U.S. and Latin America. Jenn has worked in the non-profit arena for more than 10 years developing culturally sensitive programs and policies with marginalized populations, focusing on youth and families. Jenn’s professional experiences include managing the Illinois Family Resource Program at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, developing after-school programming for at-risk youth in Chicago and Orlando, and direct practice in leadership and psychosocial skills development with indigenous youth in Mexico and Guatemala, as well as migrant youth in New Orleans. Throughout her career, Jenn has been guided by resilience- and strengths-based approaches to engaging members of groups who have experienced oppression, with a commitment to working toward social transformation and collective empowerment. Currently, Jenn is working toward her PhD in the Social Work track of the interdisciplinary City, Culture, & Community program at Tulane University. She conducts community-engaged research with Latinx youth with local organization Puentes New Orleans, and is a fellow in the inaugural cohort of the Mellon Graduate Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship at Tulane. Jenn also conducts research on indigenous populations with Dr. Catherine Burnette, and on trauma with Dr. Charles Figley, both faculty members in the Tulane School of Social Work. Jenn has published articles in several peer-reviewed publications, including Qualitative Social Work, Family Process, and the Journal of Technology in Human Services.

  • Dr. Barry Pilson is a graduate of Tulane University School of Social Work. He received his B.A. degree in psychology at the University of California, where he graduated with Honors. He received his MSW in 1975 and his Ph.D. in 1996 from Tulane University. His dissertation was entitled “Identifying Sets of Beliefs Instrumental in Maintaining Recovery from Substance Abuse.” He is currently in private practice and is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Social Work, Tulane University, where he teaches master level students. He has been in the field of mental health and addictions since 1976. He has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient for 10 years as well as outpatient settings. His experience has included administration, supervision and all varieties of clinical work. He has worked with both adolescent and adult populations. He has consistently been involved in the process of the integration of addiction and mental health with individuals, agency and community processes. He is particularly interested in cognitive and emotional learning models that lead to sustained, healthy change. His experience in the treatment of addiction and mental health includes the application of psycho-social tools that are evidenced based and the ecological interaction of systems that enable ongoing change. He has presented workshops to the Greater New Orleans community since 1984. In addition, he has presented at various national conferences over that same time period In 1994, he was named the Greater New Orleans Social Worker of the year.

  • Barry Pilson, PhD, LCSW-BACS

    Adjunct Instructor

    Dr. Barry Pilson is a graduate of Tulane University School of Social Work. He received his B.A. degree in psychology at the University of California, where he graduated with Honors. He received his MSW in 1975 and his Ph.D. in 1996 from Tulane University. His dissertation was entitled “Identifying Sets of Beliefs Instrumental in Maintaining Recovery from Substance Abuse.” He is currently in private practice and is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Social Work, Tulane University, where he teaches master level students. He has been in the field of mental health and addictions since 1976. He has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient for 10 years as well as outpatient settings. His experience has included administration, supervision and all varieties of clinical work. He has worked with both adolescent and adult populations. He has consistently been involved in the process of the integration of addiction and mental health with individuals, agency and community processes. He is particularly interested in cognitive and emotional learning models that lead to sustained, healthy change. His experience in the treatment of addiction and mental health includes the application of psycho-social tools that are evidenced based and the ecological interaction of systems that enable ongoing change. He has presented workshops to the Greater New Orleans community since 1984. In addition, he has presented at various national conferences over that same time period In 1994, he was named the Greater New Orleans Social Worker of the year.

  • bpilson@tulane.edu
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    Jocelyn Pinkerton, LCSW, earned her MSW from Tulane University and has over ten years of experience working with diverse populations in a variety of settings. Her areas of focus are domestic violence and sexual assault, behavioral health and substance abuse, homelessness, global social work, and crisis response. Her work has included direct practice in clinical settings, emergency shelter case management, advocacy in the legal system, and policy coordination in city government. Jocelyn is experienced in trauma-informed approaches and has previously taught courses on Mindfulness and Buddhist practices.

     

  • Jocelyn Pinkerton, MSW, LCSW

    Adjunct Instructor

    Jocelyn Pinkerton, LCSW, earned her MSW from Tulane University and has over ten years of experience working with diverse populations in a variety of settings. Her areas of focus are domestic violence and sexual assault, behavioral health and substance abuse, homelessness, global social work, and crisis response. Her work has included direct practice in clinical settings, emergency shelter case management, advocacy in the legal system, and policy coordination in city government. Jocelyn is experienced in trauma-informed approaches and has previously taught courses on Mindfulness and Buddhist practices.

     

  • jpinker@tulane.edu
  • Professor Lauren Ridlespurge, LMSW, earned her MSW from the University of Michigan in 2010 and has been actively practicing social work for over 10 years.  Lauren has a wide range of experience including Medical Social Work, Housing and Homelessness, and Social Work within the Criminal Justice System including Reentry Services.

  • Lauren Ridlespurge, MSW, LMSW

    Adjunct Instructor

    Professor Lauren Ridlespurge, LMSW, earned her MSW from the University of Michigan in 2010 and has been actively practicing social work for over 10 years.  Lauren has a wide range of experience including Medical Social Work, Housing and Homelessness, and Social Work within the Criminal Justice System including Reentry Services.

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  • Dale Robinson-Rogers is a clinical practitioner that has served a variety individuals and groups via mental health therapy, pain management, disability services, sexual abuse and domestic violence, homelessness and youth mentoring. A member of the TSSW MSW class that celebrated the centenary of Social Work 20 years ago, she has served clients as a therapist and advocate, organizations as an administrator, and staff as a mentor and trainer. She been drawn especially to educate, nurture and mentor individuals, particularly those serving others. She is particularly interested in the way people grow and develop over the lifespan - and can choose to change the trajectory of their lives.

  • Dale Robinson-Rogers, MSW, LCSW

    Adjunct Instructor

    Dale Robinson-Rogers is a clinical practitioner that has served a variety individuals and groups via mental health therapy, pain management, disability services, sexual abuse and domestic violence, homelessness and youth mentoring. A member of the TSSW MSW class that celebrated the centenary of Social Work 20 years ago, she has served clients as a therapist and advocate, organizations as an administrator, and staff as a mentor and trainer. She been drawn especially to educate, nurture and mentor individuals, particularly those serving others. She is particularly interested in the way people grow and develop over the lifespan - and can choose to change the trajectory of their lives.

  • drr@tulane.edu
  • Adrienne “Chel” Rodriguez is a licensed clinical social worker in the State of Florida with over 20 years of diverse practice experience. Ms. Rodriguez earned an undergraduate degree from University of Louisiana at Monroe and a Masters’ in Social Work degree from Florida State University. She has practiced within the areas of child welfare, substance abuse, mental health, and juvenile justice. Ms. Rodriguez has also been a social work educator for 13 years, previously working as a program coordinator and adjunct instructor for Florida State University in the College of Social Work. Currently, she is the Field Education Director at the University of West Florida in Pensacola.

  • Adrienne Chel Rodriguez, MSW, LCSW

    Adjunct Instructor

    Adrienne “Chel” Rodriguez is a licensed clinical social worker in the State of Florida with over 20 years of diverse practice experience. Ms. Rodriguez earned an undergraduate degree from University of Louisiana at Monroe and a Masters’ in Social Work degree from Florida State University. She has practiced within the areas of child welfare, substance abuse, mental health, and juvenile justice. Ms. Rodriguez has also been a social work educator for 13 years, previously working as a program coordinator and adjunct instructor for Florida State University in the College of Social Work. Currently, she is the Field Education Director at the University of West Florida in Pensacola.

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  • Chrissie Roux is a clinical social worker in private practice and an adjunct professor at Tulane University School of Social Work. She serves on the board of the Louisiana Association of Clinical Social Workers and the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. Before entering private practice, she was a clinical social worker at Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans, and at Trinity Counseling Center; she is also the former Program Director of the New Orleans chapter of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. She has over 15 years’ clinical experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings, in case management and supported employment for people with developmental disabilities, and in program management and administration. She lectures in the community on a variety of topics including Developing Reflective Practice, Managing Compassion Fatigue, and Self-Disclosure in Clinical Social Work. In her psychotherapy practice, Ms. Roux has a special interest in mood disorders and trauma and uses EMDR, among other tools. At Tulane she teaches several courses in the graduate school of Social Work, including Professional Foundations, Introduction to Direct Practice, and Theory 1. She has two children, Sydney (age 12) and Evan (9), and enjoys reading, running, kayaking, baking, and playing piano and cello.

  • Christina Roux, MSW, LCSW-BACS

    Adjunct Instructor

    Chrissie Roux is a clinical social worker in private practice and an adjunct professor at Tulane University School of Social Work. She serves on the board of the Louisiana Association of Clinical Social Workers and the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. Before entering private practice, she was a clinical social worker at Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans, and at Trinity Counseling Center; she is also the former Program Director of the New Orleans chapter of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. She has over 15 years’ clinical experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings, in case management and supported employment for people with developmental disabilities, and in program management and administration. She lectures in the community on a variety of topics including Developing Reflective Practice, Managing Compassion Fatigue, and Self-Disclosure in Clinical Social Work. In her psychotherapy practice, Ms. Roux has a special interest in mood disorders and trauma and uses EMDR, among other tools. At Tulane she teaches several courses in the graduate school of Social Work, including Professional Foundations, Introduction to Direct Practice, and Theory 1. She has two children, Sydney (age 12) and Evan (9), and enjoys reading, running, kayaking, baking, and playing piano and cello.

  • croux1@tulane.edu
  • Originally from Puerto Rico, Andy has over 20 years of experience in community development and resilience and has worked in over 20 countries. He started out as an outreach worker for migrant farmworkers in rural north Florida before joining the Florida Department of Health providing Training and Program Development to increase minority access for HIV Counseling and Testing. Andy began working internationally in 2003, when he joined the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors in Washington, D.C. Two years later, an opportunity in India took him to Kolkata and Mumbai, where he managed a national network of sexual minority community-based organizations. In 2007, he moved again, this time to London to work with Interact Worldwide managing a portfolio of HIV, Sexual & Reproductive Health, and Community Health projects in South Asia. He later joined CARE International to provide technical support on addressing HIV issues within Humanitarian, Conflict, Governance, and Private Sector Engagement programs, and he served on the executive committee of the UK Consortium on AIDS and International Development, as well as the Interagency Standing Committee Task Force on HIV in Emergencies. Before coming to Tulane to pursue a doctorate degree in the interdisciplinary City Culture, and Community Program, Andy worked with the International Services Division of the American Red Cross as a Senior Advisor. Through this work, he became involved in resilience building programs focusing on the development of approaches to address health and community resilience; including leading in the development of assessment processes to support community resilience building. Andy’s doctoral work focuses on the intersection between sense of community, personal support networks, and group-level resilience, with a special focus on the characteristics of resilience of marginalized groups.

  • Andres Melendez Salgado, MPH

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    Originally from Puerto Rico, Andy has over 20 years of experience in community development and resilience and has worked in over 20 countries. He started out as an outreach worker for migrant farmworkers in rural north Florida before joining the Florida Department of Health providing Training and Program Development to increase minority access for HIV Counseling and Testing. Andy began working internationally in 2003, when he joined the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors in Washington, D.C. Two years later, an opportunity in India took him to Kolkata and Mumbai, where he managed a national network of sexual minority community-based organizations. In 2007, he moved again, this time to London to work with Interact Worldwide managing a portfolio of HIV, Sexual & Reproductive Health, and Community Health projects in South Asia. He later joined CARE International to provide technical support on addressing HIV issues within Humanitarian, Conflict, Governance, and Private Sector Engagement programs, and he served on the executive committee of the UK Consortium on AIDS and International Development, as well as the Interagency Standing Committee Task Force on HIV in Emergencies. Before coming to Tulane to pursue a doctorate degree in the interdisciplinary City Culture, and Community Program, Andy worked with the International Services Division of the American Red Cross as a Senior Advisor. Through this work, he became involved in resilience building programs focusing on the development of approaches to address health and community resilience; including leading in the development of assessment processes to support community resilience building. Andy’s doctoral work focuses on the intersection between sense of community, personal support networks, and group-level resilience, with a special focus on the characteristics of resilience of marginalized groups.

  • amelende@tulane.edu
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    Tracey Spinato graduated from Tulane University in 2013 with a dual Masters in Social Work and Public Health. Over the last 10 years, Tracey has worked in several areas of social work and public health including HIV prevention, reproductive health, population mental health, and community trauma and resilience. Currently Tracey is in private practice offering individual therapy and immigration case consultation. In addition to her social work practice, Tracey is also certified yoga teacher. Tracey’s areas of focus include adolescent mental health, trauma, women’s health, and mind-body integration. Tracey received her BA in Literature with a minor in Gender Studies from Ramapo College.

  • Tracey Spinato, MSW, MPH, LCSW

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    Tracey Spinato graduated from Tulane University in 2013 with a dual Masters in Social Work and Public Health. Over the last 10 years, Tracey has worked in several areas of social work and public health including HIV prevention, reproductive health, population mental health, and community trauma and resilience. Currently Tracey is in private practice offering individual therapy and immigration case consultation. In addition to her social work practice, Tracey is also certified yoga teacher. Tracey’s areas of focus include adolescent mental health, trauma, women’s health, and mind-body integration. Tracey received her BA in Literature with a minor in Gender Studies from Ramapo College.

  • tspinato@tulane.edu
  • Ms. Heather Stewart is a licensed clinical social worker and clinical supervisor, with expertise in the treatment of mood, trauma, and interpersonal difficulties. She completed her Masters of Social Work degree at the University of South Carolina and has experience in all levels of care, including outpatient, inpatient, and residential treatment centers. Ms. Stewart currently works with returning combat veterans in the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinic at the New Orleans VA. She is also in private practice at the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Center of New Orleans and is adjunct faculty with Tulane’s School of Social Work. Ms. Stewart’s primary interests include trauma, anxiety, depression and interpersonal difficulties and she has presented on these topics at regional and national conferences. She is trained in a variety of evidenced based therapies including: Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia, and Cognitive Processing Therapy. Ms. Stewart is also regional trainer for Cognitive Processing Therapy for the VA.

  • Heather Stewart, MSW, LCSW-BACS

    Adjunct Instructor

    Ms. Heather Stewart is a licensed clinical social worker and clinical supervisor, with expertise in the treatment of mood, trauma, and interpersonal difficulties. She completed her Masters of Social Work degree at the University of South Carolina and has experience in all levels of care, including outpatient, inpatient, and residential treatment centers. Ms. Stewart currently works with returning combat veterans in the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinic at the New Orleans VA. She is also in private practice at the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Center of New Orleans and is adjunct faculty with Tulane’s School of Social Work. Ms. Stewart’s primary interests include trauma, anxiety, depression and interpersonal difficulties and she has presented on these topics at regional and national conferences. She is trained in a variety of evidenced based therapies including: Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia, and Cognitive Processing Therapy. Ms. Stewart is also regional trainer for Cognitive Processing Therapy for the VA.

  • hstewart2@tulane.edu
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  • Heath Walters Headshot

    Dr. Heath B. Walters is a licensed clinical social worker in Idaho and a licensed independent clinical social worker in Washington State. He has served as a Masters in Social Worker Site Coordinator for Boise State University on the Coeur d' Alene campus and prior to that position he served as Assistant Professor of Social Work and Title IV-E Child Welfare Contract Coordinator in Regions I and Regions II of Idaho for Lewis Clark State College. His practice background includes private clinical practice with individuals and families, Director of Social Work Services for a Hospital District, and as a social worker for the Aging and Disabilities Services Administration. His research and clinical interest include: clinical treatment of adults and children, gay and lesbian concerns, geriatric mental health, spirituality in social work practice, and clinical superivsion.

  • Heath Walters, PhD, MSW, MA, LCSW

    Adjunct Instructor

    Dr. Heath B. Walters is a licensed clinical social worker in Idaho and a licensed independent clinical social worker in Washington State. He has served as a Masters in Social Worker Site Coordinator for Boise State University on the Coeur d' Alene campus and prior to that position he served as Assistant Professor of Social Work and Title IV-E Child Welfare Contract Coordinator in Regions I and Regions II of Idaho for Lewis Clark State College. His practice background includes private clinical practice with individuals and families, Director of Social Work Services for a Hospital District, and as a social worker for the Aging and Disabilities Services Administration. His research and clinical interest include: clinical treatment of adults and children, gay and lesbian concerns, geriatric mental health, spirituality in social work practice, and clinical superivsion.

  • hwalters@tulane.edu
  • Jessica White Headshot

    Dr. Jessica R. White is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who resides in Central Mississippi. She earned a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Social Work from The University of Southern Mississippi and a Ph.D. in Social Work from Jackson State University. Dr. White has extensive practice experience working in the areas of Mental Health, Substance Use Disorders, Geriatrics/Gerontology, and School Social Work. Dr. White has experience working in both residential and community/school- based services. Dr. White has served as an adjunct at The University of Southern Mississippi as well as at Jackson State University. She has taught the following courses: Psychopathology, Ethics, Administration in Social Welfare, Social Work Practice with Individuals/ Families/ and Groups, and Social Welfare Policy.  

    Dr. White’s current research is related to the impact that parental involvement has on students’ academic and behavioral outcomes. She has several manuscripts under review for publication. Dr. White has presented at conferences such as The Society for Social Work and Research and National Association of African American Studies. Dr. White has served as a field supervisor for many BSW and MSW students. Additionally, she has provided an opportunity for students to shadow her while performing her daily duties as a social worker for students who were indecisive about their major. Dr. White is very active in her community and is a board member for the local Boys and Girls Club and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.  

  • Jessica White, Ph.D, MSW, LCSW

    Adjunct Instructor

    Dr. Jessica R. White is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who resides in Central Mississippi. She earned a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Social Work from The University of Southern Mississippi and a Ph.D. in Social Work from Jackson State University. Dr. White has extensive practice experience working in the areas of Mental Health, Substance Use Disorders, Geriatrics/Gerontology, and School Social Work. Dr. White has experience working in both residential and community/school- based services. Dr. White has served as an adjunct at The University of Southern Mississippi as well as at Jackson State University. She has taught the following courses: Psychopathology, Ethics, Administration in Social Welfare, Social Work Practice with Individuals/ Families/ and Groups, and Social Welfare Policy.  

    Dr. White’s current research is related to the impact that parental involvement has on students’ academic and behavioral outcomes. She has several manuscripts under review for publication. Dr. White has presented at conferences such as The Society for Social Work and Research and National Association of African American Studies. Dr. White has served as a field supervisor for many BSW and MSW students. Additionally, she has provided an opportunity for students to shadow her while performing her daily duties as a social worker for students who were indecisive about their major. Dr. White is very active in her community and is a board member for the local Boys and Girls Club and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.  

  • jwhite35@tulane.edu
  • S. Lavi Wilson Headshot

    Dr. Wilson received her Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Connecticut-Storrs, Masters of Science in Social Work (MSSW) with a concentration in Mental Health and Substance Abuse from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her Doctor of Social Work (DSW) with a concentration in Clinical Practice and Leadership from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS) and was Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the State of North Carolina. She is currently LCSW in the state of Florida. Dr. Wilson resides in Central Florida. Her direct practice includes providing mental health and substance abuse therapy to individuals, groups, and families. She has experience working at a university student health center, university counseling center, private practice, and in community mental health agencies. Research Interests Clinical Practice Substance Abuse Services Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Mindfulness Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Prevention, treatment, and consequences of young adult alcohol and substance use Integrating Evidence-based Practice Racial Identity and Mental Health Colorism and Well-being

  • S. Lavi Wilson, DSW, LCSW

    Adjunct Instructor

    Dr. Wilson received her Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Connecticut-Storrs, Masters of Science in Social Work (MSSW) with a concentration in Mental Health and Substance Abuse from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her Doctor of Social Work (DSW) with a concentration in Clinical Practice and Leadership from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS) and was Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the State of North Carolina. She is currently LCSW in the state of Florida. Dr. Wilson resides in Central Florida. Her direct practice includes providing mental health and substance abuse therapy to individuals, groups, and families. She has experience working at a university student health center, university counseling center, private practice, and in community mental health agencies. Research Interests Clinical Practice Substance Abuse Services Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Mindfulness Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Prevention, treatment, and consequences of young adult alcohol and substance use Integrating Evidence-based Practice Racial Identity and Mental Health Colorism and Well-being

  • swilson11@tulane.edu
  • Asia Wong Headshot

    Asia Wong, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Louisiana. In her clinical practice, she has expertise working with clients from a wide variety of socioeconimic and ethnic backgrounds. Her work is informed by narrative therapy, and she utilizes an extensive range of techniques and approaches including compassion focused therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy and forgiveness therapy to best meet her clients needs. Her area of interest include grief counseling, anxiety and depression, and couples counseling.  


     
  • Asia Wong, MSW, LCSW

    Adjunct Instructor

    Asia Wong, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Louisiana. In her clinical practice, she has expertise working with clients from a wide variety of socioeconimic and ethnic backgrounds. Her work is informed by narrative therapy, and she utilizes an extensive range of techniques and approaches including compassion focused therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy and forgiveness therapy to best meet her clients needs. Her area of interest include grief counseling, anxiety and depression, and couples counseling.  


     
  • awong1@tulane.edu