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Dean

  • Patrick Bordnick

    Patrick Bordnick, PhD, MPH, LCSW is a pioneer in the use of virtual reality and other disruptive technologies for the assessment and intervention of substance use and behavioral disorders and is continuing to examine ways innovation can empower people to make long-term changes in their health and wellbeing. 

    Dr. Bordnick has over twenty years of experience in clinical and laboratory research on cocaine, marijuana, alcohol, amphetamine, heroin, and nicotine addiction, published over 50 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals, and received $4.5 million in funding form the National Institutes of Health. From 2007-2016, he was the founding director of the Virtual Reality Clinical Research Lab (VRCRL) at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. This state-of-the-art facility uses the latest technology to study human behavior for the assessment and treatment of addictions along with eating and other behavioral health disorders. Today, he serves as the Dean of the Tulane University School of Social Work and continues his research there across disciplines. His goal for the school is to blend its mission, research, and programs with the community’s needs to create a better quality of life for New Orleanians and beyond.

    In 2018, as part of the Not Impossible Awards, Dr. Bordnick was awarded the Vitality Award for Innovation in Healthcare sponsored by Blue Cross-Blue Shield for VR-Project Δ (Delta) and VR-Qualis Est Vita (Quality of Life). VR-Project Δ puts patients into realistic virtual worlds using smartphone-based virtual reality and recreates 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.

    Dr. Bordnick received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Madonna University (Livonia, Michigan), a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Michigan, and his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia School of Social Work. Dr. Bordnick also holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of South Florida. He currently resides in New Orleans with his spouse, Dr. Allison Stock, and three daughters.
     

    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

     

    VR-Project Delta - Vitality Award - 2018 Not Impossible Awards

    TEDxHouston

     

  • Patrick Bordnick, PhD, MPH, LCSW

    Dean

    Patrick Bordnick, PhD, MPH, LCSW is a pioneer in the use of virtual reality and other disruptive technologies for the assessment and intervention of substance use and behavioral disorders and is continuing to examine ways innovation can empower people to make long-term changes in their health and wellbeing. 

    Dr. Bordnick has over twenty years of experience in clinical and laboratory research on cocaine, marijuana, alcohol, amphetamine, heroin, and nicotine addiction, published over 50 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals, and received $4.5 million in funding form the National Institutes of Health. From 2007-2016, he was the founding director of the Virtual Reality Clinical Research Lab (VRCRL) at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. This state-of-the-art facility uses the latest technology to study human behavior for the assessment and treatment of addictions along with eating and other behavioral health disorders. Today, he serves as the Dean of the Tulane University School of Social Work and continues his research there across disciplines. His goal for the school is to blend its mission, research, and programs with the community’s needs to create a better quality of life for New Orleanians and beyond.

    In 2018, as part of the Not Impossible Awards, Dr. Bordnick was awarded the Vitality Award for Innovation in Healthcare sponsored by Blue Cross-Blue Shield for VR-Project Δ (Delta) and VR-Qualis Est Vita (Quality of Life). VR-Project Δ puts patients into realistic virtual worlds using smartphone-based virtual reality and recreates 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.

    Dr. Bordnick received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Madonna University (Livonia, Michigan), a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Michigan, and his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia School of Social Work. Dr. Bordnick also holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of South Florida. He currently resides in New Orleans with his spouse, Dr. Allison Stock, and three daughters.
     

    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

     

    VR-Project Delta - Vitality Award - 2018 Not Impossible Awards

    TEDxHouston

     

  • bordnick@tulane.edu

Executive Team

  • 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

    MSW Program Director

    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.

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  • Dr. Susan Davies comes to us from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she directed their CDC-funded Prevention Research Center and had scientific appointments in seven other centers, including their Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), Minority Health Research Center (MHRC), and Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences. She has led twelve studies as PI and served as co-PI or Investigator or numerous others.

    Her research focuses on reducing HIV/STI’s and unintended pregnancy among adolescents, and promoting maternal mental health, particularly among those living in poverty. Her expertise in intervention development and evaluation has led to multiple interdisciplinary research projects and collaborations. She has studied HIV and its prevention from many perspectives, including reduce sexual risk behaviors among early adolescent girls; reducing secondary transmission of HIV among women living with HIV; identifying community barriers to HIV prevention among disenfranchised African American young adult males; and increasing family functioning of mothers and families affected by HIV.

    More recently, her work has examined family patterns and neighborhood factors associated with adolescent risk and resilience. She has been a mentor on five K-awards for junior faculty members of various disciplines, in Medicine, Surgery, Public Health, Nursing and Psychology.  She has chaired 15 dissertation committees and served on more than 40 others of students from many different departments across campus.

  • Susan Davies, PhD, MEd

    Associate Dean for Research and Professor

    Dr. Susan Davies comes to us from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she directed their CDC-funded Prevention Research Center and had scientific appointments in seven other centers, including their Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), Minority Health Research Center (MHRC), and Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences. She has led twelve studies as PI and served as co-PI or Investigator or numerous others.

    Her research focuses on reducing HIV/STI’s and unintended pregnancy among adolescents, and promoting maternal mental health, particularly among those living in poverty. Her expertise in intervention development and evaluation has led to multiple interdisciplinary research projects and collaborations. She has studied HIV and its prevention from many perspectives, including reduce sexual risk behaviors among early adolescent girls; reducing secondary transmission of HIV among women living with HIV; identifying community barriers to HIV prevention among disenfranchised African American young adult males; and increasing family functioning of mothers and families affected by HIV.

    More recently, her work has examined family patterns and neighborhood factors associated with adolescent risk and resilience. She has been a mentor on five K-awards for junior faculty members of various disciplines, in Medicine, Surgery, Public Health, Nursing and Psychology.  She has chaired 15 dissertation committees and served on more than 40 others of students from many different departments across campus.

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  • 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, an MS in Project Management from Benedictine University, and an EdD from Benedictine University.

  • Darrius Douglas, EdD, MS, PMP

    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, an MS in Project Management from Benedictine University, and an EdD from Benedictine University.

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  • Reggie Ferreira

    Regardt (Reggie) Ferreira, Ph.D., is the Director of the Tulane University’s Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy and Associate Professor of Social Work at the Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. He currently serves as the editor for the American Psychological Association Traumatology journal, focused on resilience practices amongst traumatized individuals, families and communities. He received his undergraduate degree in Social Work and master degree in Disaster Risk Management at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa, and his Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Louisville, in Louisville, Kentucky. He joined the Tulane University faculty in 2013 where he divides his time between administration, applied research, program development, community work, and teaching activities.

    His main research interest is at the intersection of disaster, mental health and resilience; with work conducted in Europe, Africa, North America, the Caribbean and South Asia. Over the past two decades, he has been involved with several projects focused on disaster risk reduction and fostering resilience with projects totaling over $25 million in federal and foundation funding. Dr. Ferreira’s work in the classroom has been recognized with several teaching awards for his innovative approaches to teaching. His interdisciplinary work includes over 100 published journal articles, chapters, and scientific abstracts on a variety of trauma and resilience topics, and his work most recently has featured in popular media outlets such as CNN, Rolling Stone, HBO/VICE, Fox News, NBC, Reuters, Medscape, NPR, ScienceDaily and USA Today. Reggie hails originally from Bloemfontein, South Africa.

  • Reggie Ferreira, PhD

    Director of Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy and Associate Professor

    Regardt (Reggie) Ferreira, Ph.D., is the Director of the Tulane University’s Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy and Associate Professor of Social Work at the Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. He currently serves as the editor for the American Psychological Association Traumatology journal, focused on resilience practices amongst traumatized individuals, families and communities. He received his undergraduate degree in Social Work and master degree in Disaster Risk Management at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa, and his Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Louisville, in Louisville, Kentucky. He joined the Tulane University faculty in 2013 where he divides his time between administration, applied research, program development, community work, and teaching activities.

    His main research interest is at the intersection of disaster, mental health and resilience; with work conducted in Europe, Africa, North America, the Caribbean and South Asia. Over the past two decades, he has been involved with several projects focused on disaster risk reduction and fostering resilience with projects totaling over $25 million in federal and foundation funding. Dr. Ferreira’s work in the classroom has been recognized with several teaching awards for his innovative approaches to teaching. His interdisciplinary work includes over 100 published journal articles, chapters, and scientific abstracts on a variety of trauma and resilience topics, and his work most recently has featured in popular media outlets such as CNN, Rolling Stone, HBO/VICE, Fox News, NBC, Reuters, Medscape, NPR, ScienceDaily and USA Today. Reggie hails originally from Bloemfontein, South Africa.

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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

    Director of Field Education & 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.

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  • 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 towards a better understanding of technological disaster following the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill.

    Together these experiences have allowed her 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. Dr. Hansel, is currently an Associate Professor with the Tulane University School of Social Work, where she directs the Doctorate of Social Work. As the Program Director, she plans to extend research methods and data analytic techniques to the 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 towards a better understanding of technological disaster following the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill.

    Together these experiences have allowed her 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. Dr. Hansel, is currently an Associate Professor with the Tulane University School of Social Work, where she directs the Doctorate of Social Work. As the Program Director, she plans to extend research methods and data analytic techniques to the 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.

     

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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, LCSW

    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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  • 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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  • Dr. Joan Blakey is a tenured Associate Professor and researcher at the Tulane School of Social Work. She received her doctorate from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Administration. She also 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.

    Dr. Blakey’s research agenda and consulting work focuses on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Her work consistently has been about transforming systems to recognize and embrace peoples’ full humanity.

    Dr. Blakey's most recent projects focused on understanding reasons for the widening academic achievement gap between African American and White students in two school districts in Wisconsin.

    In these school districts, Dr. Joan Blakey also reviewed policies, procedures, and practices that were exacerbating the high prevalence of trauma among African American children and how trauma was affecting the achievement gap. She provided recommendations and strategies from a trauma informed lens that the schools could implement.

    Dr. Joan M. Blakey continues to consult with other school districts and organizations who are concerned about diversity, equity, and inclusion. She also conducts training on trauma informed care in a variety of settings such as schools, homeless shelters, and other types of non-profit organizations. The purpose of her work is to understand, learn from, and improve African American students and families’ educational experiences and outcomes so that they are able to thrive and excel.

  • Joan Blakey, PhD, LMSW

    Associate Professor

    Dr. Joan Blakey is a tenured Associate Professor and researcher at the Tulane School of Social Work. She received her doctorate from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Administration. She also 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.

    Dr. Blakey’s research agenda and consulting work focuses on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Her work consistently has been about transforming systems to recognize and embrace peoples’ full humanity.

    Dr. Blakey's most recent projects focused on understanding reasons for the widening academic achievement gap between African American and White students in two school districts in Wisconsin.

    In these school districts, Dr. Joan Blakey also reviewed policies, procedures, and practices that were exacerbating the high prevalence of trauma among African American children and how trauma was affecting the achievement gap. She provided recommendations and strategies from a trauma informed lens that the schools could implement.

    Dr. Joan M. Blakey continues to consult with other school districts and organizations who are concerned about diversity, equity, and inclusion. She also conducts training on trauma informed care in a variety of settings such as schools, homeless shelters, and other types of non-profit organizations. The purpose of her work is to understand, learn from, and improve African American students and families’ educational experiences and outcomes so that they are able to thrive and excel.

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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-BACS

    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, LMSW

    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.

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  • Dr. Margaret Mary Downey is an Assistant Professor at Tulane University’s School of Social Work with a focus on the social and structural determinants of health inequities, particularly those in reproductive and maternal health. Her research interests include the role of health-related social workers as street-level bureaucrats and structural competency, an emerging education paradigm that trains health professionals in understanding the relationships among race, class, the embodiment of health inequities at the patient level, and symptom expression. Her current work uses critical ethnographic methods to examine how frontline health workers understand and intervene upon racial and economic reproductive and maternal health inequities. Dr. Downey completed a BA in English Literature at Temple University and an MSW and PhD in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Margaret Mary Downey, PhD, MSW

    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Margaret Mary Downey is an Assistant Professor at Tulane University’s School of Social Work with a focus on the social and structural determinants of health inequities, particularly those in reproductive and maternal health. Her research interests include the role of health-related social workers as street-level bureaucrats and structural competency, an emerging education paradigm that trains health professionals in understanding the relationships among race, class, the embodiment of health inequities at the patient level, and symptom expression. Her current work uses critical ethnographic methods to examine how frontline health workers understand and intervene upon racial and economic reproductive and maternal health inequities. Dr. Downey completed a BA in English Literature at Temple University and an MSW and PhD in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • 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.

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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
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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, LCSW-BACS

    Clinical Assistant Professor

    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
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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 families.  Dr. 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, PhD, 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 families.  Dr. 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. Irang Kim’s research builds on more than ten years of professional experience supporting individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities (DDs) and their families. Her study is focused on two areas: 1) examination of disparities in underserved communities of children with autism and other DDs; and 2) development of empirically based, culturally relevant interventions for parents of young children with autism.

    Dr. Kim received a MSW from the University of South Carolina and a PhD from the University of Georgia. Given the lack of knowledge of ethnic minority families, her dissertation focused on caregiving experiences of Korean American immigrant parents of children with DDs. With funding from the Organization for Autism Research, she conducted a rigorous qualitative study.

    She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship under the mentorship of Sarah Dababnah, PhD, MPH, MSW, she dedicated her time to two community-based studies in Maryland. First, she coordinated a feasibility study of a peer-led program for Black families in low-income Baltimore communities raising young children with autism. Second, she led the project to better understand service need and barriers of Asian American families raising children with DDs in Maryland.

    Expertise and Research Interests

    • Services and Support for Individuals with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities
    • Disparities in culturally diverse communities of individuals with Developmental Disabilities and their Families
    • Early Intervention for Young Children with Autism
    • Intersectionality between Developmental Disabilities and Other Areas of Practice
    • Community-Based Research and Practice
    • Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience
    • Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods

     

    Recent Publications

    1. Kim, I., & Dababnah, S. (2020). Appreciation of the ‘subtle changes’: Perspectives of Korean American parents raising children with developmental disabilities. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities. 32, 307-322. doi: 10.1007/s10882-019-09693-1
    2. Kim, I., Dababnah, S. & Lee., J. (2020). The influence of race and ethnicity on the relationship between family resilience and parenting stress in caregivers of children with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities. 50(2), 650-658. doi: 10.1007/s10803-019-04269-6
  • Irang Kim, PhD, MSW

    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Irang Kim’s research builds on more than ten years of professional experience supporting individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities (DDs) and their families. Her study is focused on two areas: 1) examination of disparities in underserved communities of children with autism and other DDs; and 2) development of empirically based, culturally relevant interventions for parents of young children with autism.

    Dr. Kim received a MSW from the University of South Carolina and a PhD from the University of Georgia. Given the lack of knowledge of ethnic minority families, her dissertation focused on caregiving experiences of Korean American immigrant parents of children with DDs. With funding from the Organization for Autism Research, she conducted a rigorous qualitative study.

    She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship under the mentorship of Sarah Dababnah, PhD, MPH, MSW, she dedicated her time to two community-based studies in Maryland. First, she coordinated a feasibility study of a peer-led program for Black families in low-income Baltimore communities raising young children with autism. Second, she led the project to better understand service need and barriers of Asian American families raising children with DDs in Maryland.

    Expertise and Research Interests

    • Services and Support for Individuals with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities
    • Disparities in culturally diverse communities of individuals with Developmental Disabilities and their Families
    • Early Intervention for Young Children with Autism
    • Intersectionality between Developmental Disabilities and Other Areas of Practice
    • Community-Based Research and Practice
    • Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience
    • Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods

     

    Recent Publications

    1. Kim, I., & Dababnah, S. (2020). Appreciation of the ‘subtle changes’: Perspectives of Korean American parents raising children with developmental disabilities. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities. 32, 307-322. doi: 10.1007/s10882-019-09693-1
    2. Kim, I., Dababnah, S. & Lee., J. (2020). The influence of race and ethnicity on the relationship between family resilience and parenting stress in caregivers of children with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities. 50(2), 650-658. doi: 10.1007/s10803-019-04269-6
  • ikim@tulane.edu
  • 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, LMSW

    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.

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  • 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, LMSW, MPH

    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. 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

  • catmckinley@tulane.edu
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  • Dr. Melton has over 23 years of interdisciplinary clinical experience in public health administration and psychotherapy. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and a Private Independent Practitioner (PIP) and has over nine years of graduate teaching experience. She received her Doctorate of Social Work from Tulane University and Master of Social Work from The University of Alabama.

    Dr. Melton's research agenda is primarily influenced by her prior clinical work with chronic illnesses, such as HIV and HCV.  She has co-authored several peer-reviewed manuscripts in health, public health, and social work journals. Her research foci are to publish clinical, translational, and applied research to help health professionals improve health outcomes and extend the life of those burdened with chronic illnesses. 
     

  • Pamela Melton, DSW, LICSW-PIP

    Professor of Practice & Advanced Practice Project Coordinator

    Dr. Melton has over 23 years of interdisciplinary clinical experience in public health administration and psychotherapy. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and a Private Independent Practitioner (PIP) and has over nine years of graduate teaching experience. She received her Doctorate of Social Work from Tulane University and Master of Social Work from The University of Alabama.

    Dr. Melton's research agenda is primarily influenced by her prior clinical work with chronic illnesses, such as HIV and HCV.  She has co-authored several peer-reviewed manuscripts in health, public health, and social work journals. Her research foci are to publish clinical, translational, and applied research to help health professionals improve health outcomes and extend the life of those burdened with chronic illnesses. 
     

  • pmelton@tulane.edu
  • 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, LCSW-BACS

    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, LMSW

    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
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  • Anneliese Singh, PhD, LPC (she/they) is a Professor in the School of Social Work with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychology and serves as Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity/Chief Diversity Officer at Tulane University. Her scholarship and community organizing explores the resilience, trauma, and identity development experiences of queer and trans people, with a focus on young people and BIPOC people. She has written extensively on multicultural and social justice competency development in the helping professions, and equity and justice efforts in higher education. Dr. Singh is the author of The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systemic Racism, and Engage in Collective Healing and The Queer and Trans Resilience Workbook. Dr. Singh founded the Trans Resilience Project to translate her LGBTQ+ research findings into school and community-based change efforts, including NIH-funded work with trans and nonbinary people in Project AFFIRM. Her TEDx Talks, have explored gender liberation, and she has been described as a transformative speaker inspiring “real-world” social change. Anneliese passionately believes in and strives to live by the ideals of Dr. King’s beloved community, as well as Audre Lorde’s reminder that “without community, there is no liberation.” Dr. Singh is @anneliesesingh on Twitter and Instagram.

  • Anneliese Singh, PhD, LPC

    Professor of Social Work and Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity/Chief Diversity Officer

    Anneliese Singh, PhD, LPC (she/they) is a Professor in the School of Social Work with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychology and serves as Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity/Chief Diversity Officer at Tulane University. Her scholarship and community organizing explores the resilience, trauma, and identity development experiences of queer and trans people, with a focus on young people and BIPOC people. She has written extensively on multicultural and social justice competency development in the helping professions, and equity and justice efforts in higher education. Dr. Singh is the author of The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systemic Racism, and Engage in Collective Healing and The Queer and Trans Resilience Workbook. Dr. Singh founded the Trans Resilience Project to translate her LGBTQ+ research findings into school and community-based change efforts, including NIH-funded work with trans and nonbinary people in Project AFFIRM. Her TEDx Talks, have explored gender liberation, and she has been described as a transformative speaker inspiring “real-world” social change. Anneliese passionately believes in and strives to live by the ideals of Dr. King’s beloved community, as well as Audre Lorde’s reminder that “without community, there is no liberation.” Dr. Singh is @anneliesesingh on Twitter and Instagram.

  • anneliese@tulane.edu
  • (504) 865-5079
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  • Dr. Nubian OmiSayade Sun, LCSW-BACS, 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 a Clinical 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-BACS

    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Dr. Nubian OmiSayade Sun, LCSW-BACS, 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 a Clinical 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
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  • 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
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  • Colonel (ret) Jeffrey S. Yarvis, PhD, LCSW, ACSW, BCD,  joins the Tulane School of Social Work as a Senior Professor of Practice. Dr. Yarvis earned a PhD in Social Work from the University of Georgia, MSW in Clinical Social Work from Boston College, MS in Executive Leadership from Norwich University, M.Ed. in the Integrated Study of Curriculum and Instruction from Cambridge College, MSS in National Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and a BA in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Indiana University.

    Dr. Yarvis is a 35-year veteran leader in executive medicine, clinician, life-long educator and military social work scholar in the field of psychological trauma. A transformational leader, Dr. Yarvis has built, restored, and grown large medical organizations and optimized their performance. His dissertation titled “Subthreshold PTSD in Canadian Peacekeepers with Different Levels of Traumatic Stress” (chaired by Dean Patrick Bordnick) served as springboard into hundreds of international and national peer reviewed conference presentations and over one-hundred publications on the deleterious effects of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the reintegration of America’s returning warriors to their families and to campus.

    Dr. Yarvis serves on the International Military Social Work Working Group; served on the Council of Social Education’s (CSWE) Committee to Develop EPAs for Military Social Work; and is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Society of Social Work Research (SSWR), Academy of Health Care Executives (ACHE), Society for Social Work Leadership in Healthcare, and Fellow of the American Psychotherapy Association.

    Dr. Yarvis’ awards include 2017 Global Health & Pharma Excellence Award in Veterans PTSD Research, 2015 DiversityMBA.org-Top 50 Executives Under 50, 2008 Uniformed Social Worker of the Year, 2007 US Army Social Worker of the Year, 1997 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (Bell/Coyell County Chapter) Mental Health Professional of the Year, 1996 Social Work Consultant to the Army Surgeon General’s Social Worker of the Year, Military Alpha Designator as a Scholar in Social Work, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Combat Action Badge, and Order of Military Medical Merit. Dr. Yarvis holds Board Certifications in Clinical Social Work and Psychotherapy. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Pi, and SALUTE National Honor Societies. He was also elected to the Randolph High School (NJ) Hall of Fame for his International Humanitarian Efforts.

    Dr. Yarvis joins the faculty after a 34 year career with the U.S. Army culminating in command of a Brigade and a Combat Hospital. Indeed he was the first social worker in the history of the Army to command at that level. Dr. Yarvis published a book on “Combat Social Work” with Tulane’s own Dr. Charles Figley and Dr. Bruce Thyer and a previous book on “Subthreshold PTSD.” Dr. Yarvis continues to conduct research on evidenced-based treatments for PTSD and serve on the editorial boards of several peer-reviewed journals and provide leadership coaching to health care executives on high reliability principles. 

    Dr. Yarvis is married to his amazing wife Laura of 23 years and has two remarkable children Jacob, a senior social work major at the University of Texas, and Olivia, a sophomore journalism major at Northwestern University.
     

  • Colonel (ret) Jeffrey S. Yarvis, PhD, LCSW, ACSW, BCD

    Senior Professor of Practice

    Colonel (ret) Jeffrey S. Yarvis, PhD, LCSW, ACSW, BCD,  joins the Tulane School of Social Work as a Senior Professor of Practice. Dr. Yarvis earned a PhD in Social Work from the University of Georgia, MSW in Clinical Social Work from Boston College, MS in Executive Leadership from Norwich University, M.Ed. in the Integrated Study of Curriculum and Instruction from Cambridge College, MSS in National Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and a BA in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Indiana University.

    Dr. Yarvis is a 35-year veteran leader in executive medicine, clinician, life-long educator and military social work scholar in the field of psychological trauma. A transformational leader, Dr. Yarvis has built, restored, and grown large medical organizations and optimized their performance. His dissertation titled “Subthreshold PTSD in Canadian Peacekeepers with Different Levels of Traumatic Stress” (chaired by Dean Patrick Bordnick) served as springboard into hundreds of international and national peer reviewed conference presentations and over one-hundred publications on the deleterious effects of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the reintegration of America’s returning warriors to their families and to campus.

    Dr. Yarvis serves on the International Military Social Work Working Group; served on the Council of Social Education’s (CSWE) Committee to Develop EPAs for Military Social Work; and is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Society of Social Work Research (SSWR), Academy of Health Care Executives (ACHE), Society for Social Work Leadership in Healthcare, and Fellow of the American Psychotherapy Association.

    Dr. Yarvis’ awards include 2017 Global Health & Pharma Excellence Award in Veterans PTSD Research, 2015 DiversityMBA.org-Top 50 Executives Under 50, 2008 Uniformed Social Worker of the Year, 2007 US Army Social Worker of the Year, 1997 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (Bell/Coyell County Chapter) Mental Health Professional of the Year, 1996 Social Work Consultant to the Army Surgeon General’s Social Worker of the Year, Military Alpha Designator as a Scholar in Social Work, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Combat Action Badge, and Order of Military Medical Merit. Dr. Yarvis holds Board Certifications in Clinical Social Work and Psychotherapy. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Pi, and SALUTE National Honor Societies. He was also elected to the Randolph High School (NJ) Hall of Fame for his International Humanitarian Efforts.

    Dr. Yarvis joins the faculty after a 34 year career with the U.S. Army culminating in command of a Brigade and a Combat Hospital. Indeed he was the first social worker in the history of the Army to command at that level. Dr. Yarvis published a book on “Combat Social Work” with Tulane’s own Dr. Charles Figley and Dr. Bruce Thyer and a previous book on “Subthreshold PTSD.” Dr. Yarvis continues to conduct research on evidenced-based treatments for PTSD and serve on the editorial boards of several peer-reviewed journals and provide leadership coaching to health care executives on high reliability principles. 

    Dr. Yarvis is married to his amazing wife Laura of 23 years and has two remarkable children Jacob, a senior social work major at the University of Texas, and Olivia, a sophomore journalism major at Northwestern University.
     

Staff

  • 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
  • Maple Dynan joined the School of Social Work in 2020 as Program Manager for the Weaving Healthy Families Program, directed by Dr. Catherine McKinley. Maple grew up in Augusta, Georgia and earned her bachelor’s degree from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. Her previous work focused on helping women and families in crisis, especially those living in underserved communities. Maple moved to New Orleans in 2017. Prior to joining Tulane, she worked as Patient Care Coordinator for the Harch Hyperbaric Clinic, where she provided support to patients with critical diagnoses and their families. Maple enjoys spending her free time with her husband and their two dogs and fluffy cat. She also enjoys outdoor adventures and exploring the New Orleans restaurant scene. 

  • Maple Dynan

    Program Manager, Weaving Healthy Families

    Maple Dynan joined the School of Social Work in 2020 as Program Manager for the Weaving Healthy Families Program, directed by Dr. Catherine McKinley. Maple grew up in Augusta, Georgia and earned her bachelor’s degree from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. Her previous work focused on helping women and families in crisis, especially those living in underserved communities. Maple moved to New Orleans in 2017. Prior to joining Tulane, she worked as Patient Care Coordinator for the Harch Hyperbaric Clinic, where she provided support to patients with critical diagnoses and their families. Maple enjoys spending her free time with her husband and their two dogs and fluffy cat. She also enjoys outdoor adventures and exploring the New Orleans restaurant scene. 

  • edynan@tulane.edu
  • Jaime Evans, LMSW, CFLE-P is a Senior Program Coordinator of Field Education at Tulane School of Social Work. In this role she facilitates field placement for students, liaises with field placement agencies, and works to support the students in all aspects of the field training experience which is crucial to Social Work pedagogy. Jaime graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Studies in May 2017 and earned a Master’s in Social Work from Southern University at New Orleans in May 2019. Prior to accepting this position, Jaime assisted young adults with obtaining their high school equivalency diploma and previous offenders with gaining job readiness skills that led to full-time employment. Jaime has also worked as a Social Work Coordinator with NOLA Public Schools where she was responsible for ensuring students and parents were in compliance with Louisiana’s Compulsory Attendance Laws and were connected with necessary supports to improve school attendance. 

  • Jaime Evans, LMSW, CFLE-P

    Senior Program Coordinator, Field Education

    Jaime Evans, LMSW, CFLE-P is a Senior Program Coordinator of Field Education at Tulane School of Social Work. In this role she facilitates field placement for students, liaises with field placement agencies, and works to support the students in all aspects of the field training experience which is crucial to Social Work pedagogy. Jaime graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Studies in May 2017 and earned a Master’s in Social Work from Southern University at New Orleans in May 2019. Prior to accepting this position, Jaime assisted young adults with obtaining their high school equivalency diploma and previous offenders with gaining job readiness skills that led to full-time employment. Jaime has also worked as a Social Work Coordinator with NOLA Public Schools where she was responsible for ensuring students and parents were in compliance with Louisiana’s Compulsory Attendance Laws and were connected with necessary supports to improve school attendance. 

  • jevans22@tulane.edu
  • 504-862-3500
  • Lindsey Fields, JD, LMSW is the Program Coordinator of Field Education at Tulane School of Social Work. In this role she facilitates field placement for students, liaises with field placement agencies and works to support the students in all aspects of the field training experience which is crucial to Social Work pedagogy. Lindsey graduated Clark University Cum Laude in 2001, Loyola University New Orleans School of Law in 2009, and earned her MSW from Tulane University School of Social Work in 2018. Prior to accepting this position Lindsey worked in New Orleans providing individual counseling and case management services to those affected by opioid addiction. As a practicing attorney she represented individuals and companies negatively affected but the Deepwater Horizon Oli Spill.

  • Lindsey Fields, JD, LMSW

    Program Coordinator, Field Education

    Lindsey Fields, JD, LMSW is the Program Coordinator of Field Education at Tulane School of Social Work. In this role she facilitates field placement for students, liaises with field placement agencies and works to support the students in all aspects of the field training experience which is crucial to Social Work pedagogy. Lindsey graduated Clark University Cum Laude in 2001, Loyola University New Orleans School of Law in 2009, and earned her MSW from Tulane University School of Social Work in 2018. Prior to accepting this position Lindsey worked in New Orleans providing individual counseling and case management services to those affected by opioid addiction. As a practicing attorney she represented individuals and companies negatively affected but the Deepwater Horizon Oli Spill.

  • lfields3@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, MBA

    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
  • 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
  • 504-247-1459
  • 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
  • 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
  • Mrs. Robinson is the Director of Porter Cason Institute for the Family. In this capacity, she runs the Mental Health, Addictions and the Family Practice Certificate Program at the Tulane School of Social Work.  Currently supervising over 70 masters students in the process of receiving that specialization.   Mrs. Robinson is passionate about helping clinicians develop their own unique clinical talent within an evidence based clinical practice context. 

     She also designs and completes the work of the Porter Cason Institute in consultation with its national board.  The work currently focusses on relational healing and what happens when a client has a supportive family system or has none at all.  Mrs. Robinson has multiple community projects that focus on youth, the juvenile justice system, foster care, trauma and addiction.     

     She manages operations of Tulane School of Social Work’s Continuing Education Program. She teaches clinical work at the masters’ level  and supervises LMSW social workers as they pursue their L.C.S.W.  

     Mrs. Robinson created the Family Practice Journal Club as a component of the Mental Health, Addiction and the Family Certificate Program to bring community practice perspective and practicality to ivory tower theory and research. 

    She has private and pro bono practices that focus on family and couples work, children, trauma, substance misuse and attachment injury.   She has extensive training and experience in relational work with foci on attachment injury, addiction, grief, shame, trauma and life transitions. 

    Mrs. Robinson is a Board Approved Clinical Supervisor and a  Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She is trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy, EMDR, Narrative, Systems, DBT and CBT and Trauma.  She is a Certified Daring Way Facilitator (the work of Brené Brown)

    She served on the Louisiana State Board of Social Workers from 2011-2014. She was Vice Chair of the Board and chaired the continuing education committee. She served on the technology committee.

    Mrs. Robinson sat on the New Orleans Transitioning Foster Youth Task Force of the Children and Youth Planning Board (2014-2017). 

  • Parker Robinson, LCSW-BACS

    Director, Porter-Cason Institute & Center for Life Long Learning (CLLL)

    Mrs. Robinson is the Director of Porter Cason Institute for the Family. In this capacity, she runs the Mental Health, Addictions and the Family Practice Certificate Program at the Tulane School of Social Work.  Currently supervising over 70 masters students in the process of receiving that specialization.   Mrs. Robinson is passionate about helping clinicians develop their own unique clinical talent within an evidence based clinical practice context. 

     She also designs and completes the work of the Porter Cason Institute in consultation with its national board.  The work currently focusses on relational healing and what happens when a client has a supportive family system or has none at all.  Mrs. Robinson has multiple community projects that focus on youth, the juvenile justice system, foster care, trauma and addiction.     

     She manages operations of Tulane School of Social Work’s Continuing Education Program. She teaches clinical work at the masters’ level  and supervises LMSW social workers as they pursue their L.C.S.W.  

     Mrs. Robinson created the Family Practice Journal Club as a component of the Mental Health, Addiction and the Family Certificate Program to bring community practice perspective and practicality to ivory tower theory and research. 

    She has private and pro bono practices that focus on family and couples work, children, trauma, substance misuse and attachment injury.   She has extensive training and experience in relational work with foci on attachment injury, addiction, grief, shame, trauma and life transitions. 

    Mrs. Robinson is a Board Approved Clinical Supervisor and a  Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She is trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy, EMDR, Narrative, Systems, DBT and CBT and Trauma.  She is a Certified Daring Way Facilitator (the work of Brené Brown)

    She served on the Louisiana State Board of Social Workers from 2011-2014. She was Vice Chair of the Board and chaired the continuing education committee. She served on the technology committee.

    Mrs. Robinson sat on the New Orleans Transitioning Foster Youth Task Force of the Children and Youth Planning Board (2014-2017). 

  • psternbe@tulane.edu
  • 504-862-3475
  • 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.

  • vwise1@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

    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.

  • gabrams1@tulane.edu
  • Dr. Alexander received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, and Master of Social Work from Louisiana State University. He completed his Doctorate of Social Work at Tulane University. He began his social work career as a clinician providing individual therapy to adolescents in both clinical and school-based therapy. His career is now rooted in non-profit administration and policy practice with a focus on vulnerable populations; including individuals diagnosed with development disabilities and therapeutic foster care. His research expertise and focus include juvenile justice regarding the “cradle to prison” pipeline, policy practice, advocacy, and community development.

  • Marcus Alexander DSW, LCSW

    Adjunct Instructor

    Dr. Alexander received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, and Master of Social Work from Louisiana State University. He completed his Doctorate of Social Work at Tulane University. He began his social work career as a clinician providing individual therapy to adolescents in both clinical and school-based therapy. His career is now rooted in non-profit administration and policy practice with a focus on vulnerable populations; including individuals diagnosed with development disabilities and therapeutic foster care. His research expertise and focus include juvenile justice regarding the “cradle to prison” pipeline, policy practice, advocacy, and community development.

  • malexander@tulane.edu
  • 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 Professor, Tulane University School of Social Work (SW *98, SW *17)

    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. 

  • Dr. Jennifer Baudy, LCSW earned her bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis, where she double majored in history and Afro- & African-American studies. While in St. Louis, she became passionate about youth development as she volunteered in area public schools. Her growing interest in the intersectionality of youth empowerment, education, and community service led her to pursue a Master in Social Work degree from The Ohio State University, with a concentration in administration. 

    She has more than 10 years of experience working in public and private schools, as well as community-based agencies. Her experience includes providing clinical services as a licensed clinical social worker, nonprofit administration, program development, and promoting student success and well-being.

    In 2018, she earned a Doctorate of Social Work from Tulane University, with a research interest in school social work practice.

  • Jennifer Baudy, DSW, LCSW

    Adjunct Instructor

    Dr. Jennifer Baudy, LCSW earned her bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis, where she double majored in history and Afro- & African-American studies. While in St. Louis, she became passionate about youth development as she volunteered in area public schools. Her growing interest in the intersectionality of youth empowerment, education, and community service led her to pursue a Master in Social Work degree from The Ohio State University, with a concentration in administration. 

    She has more than 10 years of experience working in public and private schools, as well as community-based agencies. Her experience includes providing clinical services as a licensed clinical social worker, nonprofit administration, program development, and promoting student success and well-being.

    In 2018, she earned a Doctorate of Social Work from Tulane University, with a research interest in school social work practice.

  • jbaudy@tulane.edu
  • 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.

  • br71365@tulane.edu
  • 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
  • I am a California Native and have lived in New Orleans for Ten years. I graduated from the University of San Francisco in 2009 and Tulane School of Social Work in 2010. Since I graduated from with my MSW, I have been committed to providing services to people with mental illness and substance use disorders. I have worked in the of field of social work for 10 years. I worked in mental health rehabilitation, inpatient psychiatric facilities and in an outpatient setting treating individuals with behavioral health disorders. I am particularly interested in continuing my research on determining specialized care for individuals who have co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. I am also a Doctor of Social Work Student with the Tulane , a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and mother of an amazing 3 year old.

  • Tanisha Clark-Young, LCSW-BACS

    Adjunct Instructor

    I am a California Native and have lived in New Orleans for Ten years. I graduated from the University of San Francisco in 2009 and Tulane School of Social Work in 2010. Since I graduated from with my MSW, I have been committed to providing services to people with mental illness and substance use disorders. I have worked in the of field of social work for 10 years. I worked in mental health rehabilitation, inpatient psychiatric facilities and in an outpatient setting treating individuals with behavioral health disorders. I am particularly interested in continuing my research on determining specialized care for individuals who have co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. I am also a Doctor of Social Work Student with the Tulane , a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and mother of an amazing 3 year old.

  • tclark5@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

    Adjunct Instructor

    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
  • Dr. Eberly earned her MSW from Tulane in 2000 and her DSW in 2019. She has taught social work courses at Southeastern Louisiana University and Tulane School of Social Work. She is licensed to practice social work in Louisiana and is a board-approved clinical supervisor. 
    She also received a professional fundraising certificate from Boston University in 2013 and is a certified fund raising executive (CFRE). Dr. Eberly’s grant writing success for non-profits and educational institutions includes federal, state and foundation grants. Additionally, she is a grant reviewer for SAMHSA.

    She has been the Director of Ryan White services at the Area Health Education Center, a cooperative endeavor with LSU School of Medicine, since 2005. She provides consultative services for Early Steps, serving the birth to three population and their families, and is also a Behavioral Health Consultant with Louisiana Department of Health, providing services statewide at Louisiana’s 63 school-based health centers.
    Dr. Eberly’s current research interests include the effectiveness of web-based continuing education for social workers. 
     

  • Natasha Dyer Eberly, DSW, LCSW-BACS

    Adjunct Instructor

    Dr. Eberly earned her MSW from Tulane in 2000 and her DSW in 2019. She has taught social work courses at Southeastern Louisiana University and Tulane School of Social Work. She is licensed to practice social work in Louisiana and is a board-approved clinical supervisor. 
    She also received a professional fundraising certificate from Boston University in 2013 and is a certified fund raising executive (CFRE). Dr. Eberly’s grant writing success for non-profits and educational institutions includes federal, state and foundation grants. Additionally, she is a grant reviewer for SAMHSA.

    She has been the Director of Ryan White services at the Area Health Education Center, a cooperative endeavor with LSU School of Medicine, since 2005. She provides consultative services for Early Steps, serving the birth to three population and their families, and is also a Behavioral Health Consultant with Louisiana Department of Health, providing services statewide at Louisiana’s 63 school-based health centers.
    Dr. Eberly’s current research interests include the effectiveness of web-based continuing education for social workers. 
     

  • neberly@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

    DRLA Fellow, MSW Adjunct Instructor, & Director of Capabilities Development at Team Rubicon

    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.

  • mflynn8@tulane.edu
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  • Dr. Hancock-Shaw received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Kentucky, Masters and Doctorate of Social Work from Tulane University with a Certificate in Global Social Work. He is a Certified Sex Therapist with the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists and serves as the Chair of AASECT’s CE Approval Committee.  His research and clinical areas of interests include: Body dysmorphic disorder, Chronic Illness and Pain, Global Social Work, LGBTQIA Development, Social Work Education, and Sex and Relationship Therapy. Dr. Hancock-Shaw is committed to student’s learning while celebrating diversity, equity, and inclusion. His goal is to create a new generation of radical social workers to address contemporary societal issues. 

  • Andrew Hancock-Shaw, DSW, MSW, LCSW, CST

    Adjunct Instructor

    Dr. Hancock-Shaw received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Kentucky, Masters and Doctorate of Social Work from Tulane University with a Certificate in Global Social Work. He is a Certified Sex Therapist with the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists and serves as the Chair of AASECT’s CE Approval Committee.  His research and clinical areas of interests include: Body dysmorphic disorder, Chronic Illness and Pain, Global Social Work, LGBTQIA Development, Social Work Education, and Sex and Relationship Therapy. Dr. Hancock-Shaw is committed to student’s learning while celebrating diversity, equity, and inclusion. His goal is to create a new generation of radical social workers to address contemporary societal issues. 

  • 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
  • As a Mental Health Registered Nurse and Licensed Clinical Social Worker for 20+ years, Patricia L. Hilton, DSW, LCSW-BACS, RN hopes to utilize her nursing and social work backgrounds to combine educational knowledge and practical experience for an impactful academic class.

    EDUCATION/DEGREES/LICENSES

    • DSW, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA.
    • LCSW-BACS, Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners
    • LCSW, Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners
    • MSW, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.
    • RN, Louisiana State University Health Sciences, New Orleans, LA.
    • BS, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

    CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

    • Clinical experience with a variety of populations of diverse backgrounds including children, adolescents, adults, chemically dependent patients and geriatric clients.
    • Experience with clients in a variety of settings including correctional facilities, outpatient clinics, medical hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, ambulatory imaging centers, dental clinics, treatment programs, private practice, group homes, shelters, elementary and high schools.

    ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE

    • Current Director of Education at a behavioral health hospital in New Orleans, LA.
    • Experience with a variety of For-Profit, Not for Profit, Non-Profit, Public and Volunteer organizations
    • Management/human resources in social service organizations and healthcare organizations
    • Employed in numerous roles from the beginning of my career as a mental health technician to RN, Nurse manager, Program Director, Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer.
  • Patricia L. Hilton, DSW, LCSW-BACS, RN

    Adjunct Instructor

    As a Mental Health Registered Nurse and Licensed Clinical Social Worker for 20+ years, Patricia L. Hilton, DSW, LCSW-BACS, RN hopes to utilize her nursing and social work backgrounds to combine educational knowledge and practical experience for an impactful academic class.

    EDUCATION/DEGREES/LICENSES

    • DSW, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA.
    • LCSW-BACS, Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners
    • LCSW, Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners
    • MSW, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.
    • RN, Louisiana State University Health Sciences, New Orleans, LA.
    • BS, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

    CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

    • Clinical experience with a variety of populations of diverse backgrounds including children, adolescents, adults, chemically dependent patients and geriatric clients.
    • Experience with clients in a variety of settings including correctional facilities, outpatient clinics, medical hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, ambulatory imaging centers, dental clinics, treatment programs, private practice, group homes, shelters, elementary and high schools.

    ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE

    • Current Director of Education at a behavioral health hospital in New Orleans, LA.
    • Experience with a variety of For-Profit, Not for Profit, Non-Profit, Public and Volunteer organizations
    • Management/human resources in social service organizations and healthcare organizations
    • Employed in numerous roles from the beginning of my career as a mental health technician to RN, Nurse manager, Program Director, Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer.
  • philton@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
  • Robin Keegan is the principal of Spring Industries, LLC, a platform for innovative community-building solutions rooted in principles of sustainability. Robin is a sought-after expert in disaster recovery, resilience planning, affordable housing and community economic development.
    As the owner and principal of Spring Industries, Robin consults as a subject matter expert to the U.S. Virgin Islands for implementation of $1.86 billion in Community Development Block Grant disaster recovery funding and the State of Louisiana’s $1.2 billion Watershed Initiative. Robin also serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Tulane University’s Sustainable Real Estate program housed in the School of Architecture. 

    A New Orleans native, Robin returned to New Orleans after hurricanes Katrina and Rita to work in various positions at the Louisiana Recovery Authority, the state-created hurricane recovery entity established in 2005, and the Office of Community Development. As Executive Director of the Louisiana Recovery Authority, Robin oversaw more than $14 billion in housing, infrastructure and economic development recovery initiatives following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Hurricanes Gustave and Ike and the BP Oil Spill. 
    Robin has led numerous teams of disaster recovery and planning experts that assist communities to become more resilient to the impacts of future disasters and account for the impacts of climate change and other factors. Following the 2016 floods in Louisiana, Robin directed Resilient Baton Rouge, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded public health initiative, that worked to increase capacity of behavioral health services to support residents of the greater Baton Rouge region affected by the Great Flood of 2016. Prior to this role, Robin was the director of Community Resilience at GCR Inc., where she supported the states of New York and New Jersey in recovery from Superstorm Sandy. Robin also led a team that worked with six communities across the nation to apply to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition. Robin and her team succeeded in securing $240 million in new resources for four communities to implement resilience efforts ranging from water management and flood protection in Shelby County, Tennessee to fire management in the State of California to creating healthier homes through lead abatement in Springfield, Massachusetts and the relocation of the Isle de Jean Charles community from a disappearing barrier island off the coast of Louisiana.

    Robin holds a Master of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Macalester College. 

    Robin is a member of the Board of Directors of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana.

    Robin and her husband split time between homes in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. 
     

  • Robin Keegan, MS

    DRLA Fellow & Visiting Assistant Professor for Tulane School of Architecture

    Robin Keegan is the principal of Spring Industries, LLC, a platform for innovative community-building solutions rooted in principles of sustainability. Robin is a sought-after expert in disaster recovery, resilience planning, affordable housing and community economic development.
    As the owner and principal of Spring Industries, Robin consults as a subject matter expert to the U.S. Virgin Islands for implementation of $1.86 billion in Community Development Block Grant disaster recovery funding and the State of Louisiana’s $1.2 billion Watershed Initiative. Robin also serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Tulane University’s Sustainable Real Estate program housed in the School of Architecture. 

    A New Orleans native, Robin returned to New Orleans after hurricanes Katrina and Rita to work in various positions at the Louisiana Recovery Authority, the state-created hurricane recovery entity established in 2005, and the Office of Community Development. As Executive Director of the Louisiana Recovery Authority, Robin oversaw more than $14 billion in housing, infrastructure and economic development recovery initiatives following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Hurricanes Gustave and Ike and the BP Oil Spill. 
    Robin has led numerous teams of disaster recovery and planning experts that assist communities to become more resilient to the impacts of future disasters and account for the impacts of climate change and other factors. Following the 2016 floods in Louisiana, Robin directed Resilient Baton Rouge, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded public health initiative, that worked to increase capacity of behavioral health services to support residents of the greater Baton Rouge region affected by the Great Flood of 2016. Prior to this role, Robin was the director of Community Resilience at GCR Inc., where she supported the states of New York and New Jersey in recovery from Superstorm Sandy. Robin also led a team that worked with six communities across the nation to apply to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition. Robin and her team succeeded in securing $240 million in new resources for four communities to implement resilience efforts ranging from water management and flood protection in Shelby County, Tennessee to fire management in the State of California to creating healthier homes through lead abatement in Springfield, Massachusetts and the relocation of the Isle de Jean Charles community from a disappearing barrier island off the coast of Louisiana.

    Robin holds a Master of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Macalester College. 

    Robin is a member of the Board of Directors of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana.

    Robin and her husband split time between homes in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. 
     

  • rkeegan@tulane.edu
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  • Dr. Kranke has over 12 years of teaching social work education at the Master’s and Doctoral levels. His passion for teaching stems from his initial experience of teaching at the elementary level. Derrick has been recognized for university level teaching by receiving the outstanding adjunct faculty member at Case Western Reserve University, the SAGE/CSWE Award for innovation in research instruction, and most recently, is being nominated for the award of Distinguished Recent Contributions to Social Work Education. His pedagogical approach consists largely of applying pop culture sources, namely film clips and song lyrics, to teach abstract concepts. He teaches courses in research, human behavior, policy, diversity, and pedagogical development. Derrick also serves on the North American Advisory Board of the international journal: Social Work Education.

    Derrick earned his PhD from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS), Case Western Reserve University. He is a qualitative expert, and he has extensive experience studying issues of stigma and empowerment among youth, young adults and military-connected populations. His research has appeared in such journals as Psychiatric Services, Children and Youth Services Review, Qualitative Social Work, Health & Social Work, and American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, among others.

  • Derrick Kranke, PhD

    Adjunct Instructor

    Dr. Kranke has over 12 years of teaching social work education at the Master’s and Doctoral levels. His passion for teaching stems from his initial experience of teaching at the elementary level. Derrick has been recognized for university level teaching by receiving the outstanding adjunct faculty member at Case Western Reserve University, the SAGE/CSWE Award for innovation in research instruction, and most recently, is being nominated for the award of Distinguished Recent Contributions to Social Work Education. His pedagogical approach consists largely of applying pop culture sources, namely film clips and song lyrics, to teach abstract concepts. He teaches courses in research, human behavior, policy, diversity, and pedagogical development. Derrick also serves on the North American Advisory Board of the international journal: Social Work Education.

    Derrick earned his PhD from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS), Case Western Reserve University. He is a qualitative expert, and he has extensive experience studying issues of stigma and empowerment among youth, young adults and military-connected populations. His research has appeared in such journals as Psychiatric Services, Children and Youth Services Review, Qualitative Social Work, Health & Social Work, and American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, among others.

  • dkranke@tulane.edu
  • Legshe Headshot

    Dr. Ngawang Legshe, DSW, LCSW-BACS, is an educator, psychotherapist, and clinical supervisor. He was ordained by H.H. the Dalai Lama, was a Tibetan Buddhist monk for more than 20 years, and was a Kahn Buddhist fellow at Smith College. He has developed and taught cross cultural courses on social welfare, social movement, and mindfulness at Tulane University since 2005. He is the Louisiana (Assertive Community Treatment) ACT Director for Resources for Human Development. He offers evidence-based multi-faceted treatment modalities to improve and optimize psycho emotional and mind-body balance. Compassion focused therapy, psycho-dynamic psychotherapy, T.E.A.M cognitive therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy methods are used to decrease symptoms and improve quality of life for adolescents, couples, families and groups. He has conducted wellness workshops and retreats using Buddhist psychology and psychoanalysis. 

    His research interests are program evaluation, evidence-based practice, 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 vulnerable populations.  
     


     

  • Ngawang Legshe, DSW, LCSW-BACS

    Adjunct Instructor

    Dr. Ngawang Legshe, DSW, LCSW-BACS, is an educator, psychotherapist, and clinical supervisor. He was ordained by H.H. the Dalai Lama, was a Tibetan Buddhist monk for more than 20 years, and was a Kahn Buddhist fellow at Smith College. He has developed and taught cross cultural courses on social welfare, social movement, and mindfulness at Tulane University since 2005. He is the Louisiana (Assertive Community Treatment) ACT Director for Resources for Human Development. He offers evidence-based multi-faceted treatment modalities to improve and optimize psycho emotional and mind-body balance. Compassion focused therapy, psycho-dynamic psychotherapy, T.E.A.M cognitive therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy methods are used to decrease symptoms and improve quality of life for adolescents, couples, families and groups. He has conducted wellness workshops and retreats using Buddhist psychology and psychoanalysis. 

    His research interests are program evaluation, evidence-based practice, 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 vulnerable populations.  
     


     

  • nlegshe@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 Headshot

    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
  • Dr. Kathy McGraw is the President and CEO of McGraw and Associates, LLC, a mental health, forensic, life coaching, substance abuse, crisis intervention, and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) firm. Dr. McGraw works with children and their families through three programs in the Metropolitan New Orleans, the Bayou Region, and the River Region areas. The three programs are the Collaborative ADR Institute of Louisiana, the Employee Assistance Behavioral Health Institute, and the Institute for Families, Parenting, and Children. She has a PhD and a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Tulane’s School of Social Work. She has a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Maternal and Child Health and Community Health Sciences from Tulane’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), a Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC), and a Licensed Prevention Professional (LPP).

    Dr. McGraw is certified in military / post-combat behavioral health and specializes with deployment and reintegration issues. She is a qualified juvenile, delinquency, family, and custody mediator trained by Loyola Law School's Mediation Program. She has provided mediation services through numerous programs, including the Louisiana Supreme Court’s Children Advocacy Mediation Project. She is a qualified child custody evaluator and parenting coordinator (PC). She was appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court to the Louisiana State Law Institute’s Parenting Coordination Committee, and co-wrote the Louisiana statutes for parenting coordination. She was also on the committees, which revised the mediation statutes for domestic and family mediation (L.R.S. 9:334) and juvenile and delinquency mediation (Children Code 439) in Louisiana. She is trained in the collaborative divorce model and has provided services as a child specialist and a coach. She has been honored to be listed in the Louisiana State Bar Association's Journal titled, "Who's Who in ADR" numerous times including the years of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

    Dr. McGraw has facilitated workshops focused on the trauma recovery process for adults, children, and communities after a disaster. She has worked extensively with families, school teachers and counselors, first responders, and community organizers in the areas of conflict and dispute resolution, anger management, relationships, and communication skills needed after life traumas. She has also facilitated several city-wide meetings in New Orleans organized by AmericaSpeaks and the United New Orleans Plan (UNOP) to aid in the recovery and rebuilding of New Orleans and the surrounding communities after hurricanes and flooding events.

    Dr. McGraw wrote and contributed chapters to 2 books, “A Guide to Getting Vibrant and Lasting Relationships” and “101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life, Volume 2.” 

     

  • Kathy Oquelí McGraw, PhD, MPH, LCSW, LAC, LPP

    Adjunct Instructor

    Dr. Kathy McGraw is the President and CEO of McGraw and Associates, LLC, a mental health, forensic, life coaching, substance abuse, crisis intervention, and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) firm. Dr. McGraw works with children and their families through three programs in the Metropolitan New Orleans, the Bayou Region, and the River Region areas. The three programs are the Collaborative ADR Institute of Louisiana, the Employee Assistance Behavioral Health Institute, and the Institute for Families, Parenting, and Children. She has a PhD and a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Tulane’s School of Social Work. She has a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Maternal and Child Health and Community Health Sciences from Tulane’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), a Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC), and a Licensed Prevention Professional (LPP).

    Dr. McGraw is certified in military / post-combat behavioral health and specializes with deployment and reintegration issues. She is a qualified juvenile, delinquency, family, and custody mediator trained by Loyola Law School's Mediation Program. She has provided mediation services through numerous programs, including the Louisiana Supreme Court’s Children Advocacy Mediation Project. She is a qualified child custody evaluator and parenting coordinator (PC). She was appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court to the Louisiana State Law Institute’s Parenting Coordination Committee, and co-wrote the Louisiana statutes for parenting coordination. She was also on the committees, which revised the mediation statutes for domestic and family mediation (L.R.S. 9:334) and juvenile and delinquency mediation (Children Code 439) in Louisiana. She is trained in the collaborative divorce model and has provided services as a child specialist and a coach. She has been honored to be listed in the Louisiana State Bar Association's Journal titled, "Who's Who in ADR" numerous times including the years of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

    Dr. McGraw has facilitated workshops focused on the trauma recovery process for adults, children, and communities after a disaster. She has worked extensively with families, school teachers and counselors, first responders, and community organizers in the areas of conflict and dispute resolution, anger management, relationships, and communication skills needed after life traumas. She has also facilitated several city-wide meetings in New Orleans organized by AmericaSpeaks and the United New Orleans Plan (UNOP) to aid in the recovery and rebuilding of New Orleans and the surrounding communities after hurricanes and flooding events.

    Dr. McGraw wrote and contributed chapters to 2 books, “A Guide to Getting Vibrant and Lasting Relationships” and “101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life, Volume 2.” 

     

  • kmcgraw1@tulane.edu
  • Ciera T. McIntosh, LMSW, is a third-year doctoral candidate at the Tulane University School of Social Work. Ms. McIntosh currently works full-time as a school social worker at a high school in Houston, Texas. She has been a social worker for 10 years. She graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology in 2007 and a Master’s in Social Work in 2010. She is currently in supervision to obtain her License Clinical Social Work licensure in the state of Texas. Ms. McIntosh has experience as a CPS Investigator, an inpatient mental health social worker at a 12-patient facility and social services director at a 132-patient nursing home and 6 years of experience as a hospice social worker. Her areas of interest are grief, school social work and adolescent development.

  • Ciera McIntosh, LMSW

    Adjunct Instructor

    Ciera T. McIntosh, LMSW, is a third-year doctoral candidate at the Tulane University School of Social Work. Ms. McIntosh currently works full-time as a school social worker at a high school in Houston, Texas. She has been a social worker for 10 years. She graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology in 2007 and a Master’s in Social Work in 2010. She is currently in supervision to obtain her License Clinical Social Work licensure in the state of Texas. Ms. McIntosh has experience as a CPS Investigator, an inpatient mental health social worker at a 12-patient facility and social services director at a 132-patient nursing home and 6 years of experience as a hospice social worker. Her areas of interest are grief, school social work and adolescent development.

  • cmcintosh@tulane.edu
  • Dr. Samuel Odom is president of the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work & Policy (CRISP) and an Adjunct Professor at Tulane University School of Social Work and a former professor in the Millie M. Charles School of Social Work on the campus of Southern University at New Orleans where he served as Faculty Senator and Faculty Senate Secretary. His current research and scholarship interests are focused upon military social work, moral injury and music & memory with regard to its impact on our aging populace regarding the threat of Alzheimer’s disease and moral injury amongst Army Social Workers. Before joining the Tulane University School of Social Work, he incorporated another understudied area of significant importance to social work practice into his research agenda, namely moral injury amongst army social workers. Specifically, he has written and presented on moral injury evaluating aspects of social work intervention services for army social workers. Additionally, Dr. Odom presented on the topic of music and its impact on memory (Alzheimer’s), specifically how music aids in reconnecting individuals with their lives through music by restoring memory, hence making them ‘alive inside’. He earned an Army ROTC Commission as a Medical Service Officer where he worked in Behavioral Health for more than ten years. Dr. Odom served as a Company Commander for the 377th Theater Sustainment Command. Dr. Odom is a US Army Combat Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom /Operation Iraqi Freedom. Dr. Odom was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Expert Field Medical Badge, Global War on Terrorism, Army Achievement Medal with Two Oak-leaf Clusters and several other awards. Dr. Odom is currently or has held memberships in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), National Association of Social Workers, Council on Social Work Education, Academy of Certified Social Workers, Association of Military Surgeons United States (Life Member), American Philosophical Association and the American Association of Suicidology.

  • Samuel Odom, PhD, LMSW

    Adjunct Instructor

    Dr. Samuel Odom is president of the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work & Policy (CRISP) and an Adjunct Professor at Tulane University School of Social Work and a former professor in the Millie M. Charles School of Social Work on the campus of Southern University at New Orleans where he served as Faculty Senator and Faculty Senate Secretary. His current research and scholarship interests are focused upon military social work, moral injury and music & memory with regard to its impact on our aging populace regarding the threat of Alzheimer’s disease and moral injury amongst Army Social Workers. Before joining the Tulane University School of Social Work, he incorporated another understudied area of significant importance to social work practice into his research agenda, namely moral injury amongst army social workers. Specifically, he has written and presented on moral injury evaluating aspects of social work intervention services for army social workers. Additionally, Dr. Odom presented on the topic of music and its impact on memory (Alzheimer’s), specifically how music aids in reconnecting individuals with their lives through music by restoring memory, hence making them ‘alive inside’. He earned an Army ROTC Commission as a Medical Service Officer where he worked in Behavioral Health for more than ten years. Dr. Odom served as a Company Commander for the 377th Theater Sustainment Command. Dr. Odom is a US Army Combat Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom /Operation Iraqi Freedom. Dr. Odom was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Expert Field Medical Badge, Global War on Terrorism, Army Achievement Medal with Two Oak-leaf Clusters and several other awards. Dr. Odom is currently or has held memberships in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), National Association of Social Workers, Council on Social Work Education, Academy of Certified Social Workers, Association of Military Surgeons United States (Life Member), American Philosophical Association and the American Association of Suicidology.

  • sodom@tulane.edu
  • 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
  • Jocelyn Pinkerton Headshot

    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
  • Cheryl has over twenty years of experience in community mental health as a therapist and psychosocial rehabilitation specialist for adults with serious and persistent mental illness. In 2009, she accepted a social work position with Waco Independent School district in the Homeless Outreach Department. She is an advocate for homeless families and youth in the Waco community.

    Cheryl is married to David, who is also a social worker, and they have two beautiful daughters adopted from China, Josie (Nanning, China) and Emilie (Yibin, Sichuan).

    Education

    • DSW University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine
    • MSSW Kent School of Social Work – University of Louisville
    • BA in Psychology – Lee University

    Research Interests

    • Homeless Youth and Families
    • LGBT Youth and Homelessness
    • Human Trafficking and Homeless Youth
    • School Social Work
    • Adoption
  • Cheryl Pooler, DSW, LCSW

    Adjunct Instructor

    Cheryl has over twenty years of experience in community mental health as a therapist and psychosocial rehabilitation specialist for adults with serious and persistent mental illness. In 2009, she accepted a social work position with Waco Independent School district in the Homeless Outreach Department. She is an advocate for homeless families and youth in the Waco community.

    Cheryl is married to David, who is also a social worker, and they have two beautiful daughters adopted from China, Josie (Nanning, China) and Emilie (Yibin, Sichuan).

    Education

    • DSW University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine
    • MSSW Kent School of Social Work – University of Louisville
    • BA in Psychology – Lee University

    Research Interests

    • Homeless Youth and Families
    • LGBT Youth and Homelessness
    • Human Trafficking and Homeless Youth
    • School Social Work
    • Adoption
  • cpooler@tulane.edu
  • I’m Dr. Shelia Rivers, DSW,  LCSW, MPH. I have been a mental health professional for 13 years. I wear numerous professional hats, such as being the CEO and Chief Therapist of Rivers Psychotherapy Services, published author, Adjunct Professor at Tulane University, Public Speaker, Expert Mental Health Consultant, Social Work Intern Supervisor, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  I’m presently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the surrounding tri-state area- State of Mississippi, the State of Alabama, and the State of Louisiana. I provide counseling services for individuals, children & adolescents, adults, couples, families and groups. I am the founder of the holistic wellness program, Girl Get Your Life Together.  This program provides a supportive psychoeducational environment for women to discuss sensitive issues related to experiencing and coping with stress, learn more about mental health disorders, address emotional issues, and challenge unhealthy coping skills. Girl Get Your Life Together program is built on the 8 dimensions of wellness: emotional, soul, body, finance, environmental, occupational, social, and intellectual.  I am also the author of “She Is “and “The Power of Hope” along with being a contributing author of “Unboxed.”  

    In 2020, I was invited to serve as a Board Advisory Member for Unite Empowerment in New Orleans, Louisiana.  In 2019, I was a speaker at the Success Women’s Conference. In 2019, I was also nominated for “Most Successful Black Owned Small Business and Most Successful Mental Health Provider.” In 2018, I was presented with an award as a Success Woman Influence Leader on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Over the years I have been involved with numerous organizations supporting the gift of Helps.  

    My academic preparation includes Doctor of Social Work from Tulane University, a Masters in Public Health with Healthcare Executive Management emphasizes, Masters in Social Work, and Bachelors in Psychology.  My education provides me with a broad and coherent knowledge of health care policy and executive administration, social and human services, and general psychology along with insight into the cognitive and affective processes that underlie individual human development and behavior.  Additionally, it has provided me with greater skills in critical thinking, communication, collaboration and information utilization. 

    Through my experience, I have demonstrated my ability to provide consultation to corporations, teachers, families, and administrators; complete comprehensive psychological evaluations of adults, children and adolescents who present with social, emotional, academic and behavioral difficulties; and in providing direct counseling and intervention to adult, children and adolescents. My areas of concentration consist of strength perspective, empowering and emotionally supporting women and their families, trauma survivors, and program evaluations. I am versed in evaluating the outcomes of services to ensure their effectiveness. Overall my background reflects my ability to lead and maintain a strong commitment to professional standards. I am passionate about my gifted path and make a conscious effort to provide an opportunity for growth throughout my journey. I am forever “Empowered to Make a Difference.” 

  • Sheila Rivers, DSW, LCSW, MPH

    Adjunct Instructors

    I’m Dr. Shelia Rivers, DSW,  LCSW, MPH. I have been a mental health professional for 13 years. I wear numerous professional hats, such as being the CEO and Chief Therapist of Rivers Psychotherapy Services, published author, Adjunct Professor at Tulane University, Public Speaker, Expert Mental Health Consultant, Social Work Intern Supervisor, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  I’m presently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the surrounding tri-state area- State of Mississippi, the State of Alabama, and the State of Louisiana. I provide counseling services for individuals, children & adolescents, adults, couples, families and groups. I am the founder of the holistic wellness program, Girl Get Your Life Together.  This program provides a supportive psychoeducational environment for women to discuss sensitive issues related to experiencing and coping with stress, learn more about mental health disorders, address emotional issues, and challenge unhealthy coping skills. Girl Get Your Life Together program is built on the 8 dimensions of wellness: emotional, soul, body, finance, environmental, occupational, social, and intellectual.  I am also the author of “She Is “and “The Power of Hope” along with being a contributing author of “Unboxed.”  

    In 2020, I was invited to serve as a Board Advisory Member for Unite Empowerment in New Orleans, Louisiana.  In 2019, I was a speaker at the Success Women’s Conference. In 2019, I was also nominated for “Most Successful Black Owned Small Business and Most Successful Mental Health Provider.” In 2018, I was presented with an award as a Success Woman Influence Leader on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Over the years I have been involved with numerous organizations supporting the gift of Helps.  

    My academic preparation includes Doctor of Social Work from Tulane University, a Masters in Public Health with Healthcare Executive Management emphasizes, Masters in Social Work, and Bachelors in Psychology.  My education provides me with a broad and coherent knowledge of health care policy and executive administration, social and human services, and general psychology along with insight into the cognitive and affective processes that underlie individual human development and behavior.  Additionally, it has provided me with greater skills in critical thinking, communication, collaboration and information utilization. 

    Through my experience, I have demonstrated my ability to provide consultation to corporations, teachers, families, and administrators; complete comprehensive psychological evaluations of adults, children and adolescents who present with social, emotional, academic and behavioral difficulties; and in providing direct counseling and intervention to adult, children and adolescents. My areas of concentration consist of strength perspective, empowering and emotionally supporting women and their families, trauma survivors, and program evaluations. I am versed in evaluating the outcomes of services to ensure their effectiveness. Overall my background reflects my ability to lead and maintain a strong commitment to professional standards. I am passionate about my gifted path and make a conscious effort to provide an opportunity for growth throughout my journey. I am forever “Empowered to Make a Difference.” 

  • srivers1@tulane.edu
  • Mark Rogers serves as an Associate Designer of capability research, design, and development for Team Rubicon. In this role, Mark facilitates decision-making amongst internal and external stakeholders to develop meaningful and impactful services for individuals and communities affected by disasters. Before joining Team Rubicon, Mark graduated from the Tulane School of Social Work & Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy. While at TSSW and DRLA, Mark served as a case manager for the Disaster Assistance Response Team at the American Red Cross Southeast Louisiana Regional Chapter, providing psychosocial assessments, advocacy, and referrals to services for victim-survivors of violent crime in New Orleans. While at TSSW, Mark also functioned as the liaison to the Graduate and Professional School Association (GAPSA) as the representative for TSSW, conducted research on disaster resilience assessments and their application as well as on torture trauma treatments and treatment approaches, and was awarded the Thomas H. Simmons Memorial Scholarship for exhibiting leadership. Before attending Tulane, Mark was a middle school Physical Education Teacher in Dallas, TX, and a Campaign Volunteer Director, who oversaw all phone banking and canvassing operations for multiple Kansas state and local political campaigns in 2010 and 2012. Mark received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in African & African American Studies.

  • Mark Rogers, ACSW, MS

    DRLA Fellow, MSW Adjunct Instructor, & Associate Designer of Capabilities Research, Design, & Development

    Mark Rogers serves as an Associate Designer of capability research, design, and development for Team Rubicon. In this role, Mark facilitates decision-making amongst internal and external stakeholders to develop meaningful and impactful services for individuals and communities affected by disasters. Before joining Team Rubicon, Mark graduated from the Tulane School of Social Work & Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy. While at TSSW and DRLA, Mark served as a case manager for the Disaster Assistance Response Team at the American Red Cross Southeast Louisiana Regional Chapter, providing psychosocial assessments, advocacy, and referrals to services for victim-survivors of violent crime in New Orleans. While at TSSW, Mark also functioned as the liaison to the Graduate and Professional School Association (GAPSA) as the representative for TSSW, conducted research on disaster resilience assessments and their application as well as on torture trauma treatments and treatment approaches, and was awarded the Thomas H. Simmons Memorial Scholarship for exhibiting leadership. Before attending Tulane, Mark was a middle school Physical Education Teacher in Dallas, TX, and a Campaign Volunteer Director, who oversaw all phone banking and canvassing operations for multiple Kansas state and local political campaigns in 2010 and 2012. Mark received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in African & African American Studies.

  • mrogersii@tulane.edu
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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
  • Vickie Ryan is an adjunct Professor at Tulane Univerity School of Social Work and pursuing her Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) degree, Graduate Class of 2022 - work completed in Dec 2021. She loves helping people attain personal growth and reaching milestones.

    She believes a a strong spiritual foundation is necessary to help one build tenacity and resilience. In her role as an educator, she believes her personality resembles Harriet Tubman and philosophy of "leaving no one behind." Harriet said she would rather shoot you dead than to see you turn around and go back, which would (1) discourage others from taking the journey of uncertainty toward freedom or (2) bring discovery of the underground railroad, putting thousands of lives at stake. Similarly, Vickie's passion and belief in "not worry about the horse, load the wagon, and I will pull the load" have encouraged her to lead as an example and help others adopt the same mindset.

    She has spent most of her career in the macro-level Community/Social Program Development as an Administrator. She has experienced moderate success in the music industry as a Dance music Artist/Vocalist. Much of her professional social work experience and interest in Social Work includes Spiritual Integration and Disaster-related Crisis Management. She has worked with various populations honing her skills as an 'advocate to the bone.' She has worked with Homeless women, the Elderly, Behavioral health - Specialists in Addiction/Depression, Women re-entry, Self-sufficiency, Housing, and Family reunification.

    She has a BA in Christain Ministry from NOBTS (seminary), focusing on Psychology, Counseling, and Resilience and earned an MSW from Tulane School of Social Work - Class of 2004 Specialization - Behavioral Health & Advocacy. In the Doctoral Program, her specialization is developing a  Spiritual Care Curriculum taught in Social Work. A "Call will accompany the project to Action Research Paper."

    In the future, she looks forward to building, developing, and securing funding for an innovative transitional housing program, authoring books, guest lecturing, and becoming a visiting professor at various schools of higher learning and, of course, a tenured Professor at Tulane University at Tulane School of Social Work. Her hobbies include shopping, dancing, professional recording vocalist,  traveling, and fine dining.

  • Vickie Ryan, MSW

    Adjunct Instructor

    Vickie Ryan is an adjunct Professor at Tulane Univerity School of Social Work and pursuing her Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) degree, Graduate Class of 2022 - work completed in Dec 2021. She loves helping people attain personal growth and reaching milestones.

    She believes a a strong spiritual foundation is necessary to help one build tenacity and resilience. In her role as an educator, she believes her personality resembles Harriet Tubman and philosophy of "leaving no one behind." Harriet said she would rather shoot you dead than to see you turn around and go back, which would (1) discourage others from taking the journey of uncertainty toward freedom or (2) bring discovery of the underground railroad, putting thousands of lives at stake. Similarly, Vickie's passion and belief in "not worry about the horse, load the wagon, and I will pull the load" have encouraged her to lead as an example and help others adopt the same mindset.

    She has spent most of her career in the macro-level Community/Social Program Development as an Administrator. She has experienced moderate success in the music industry as a Dance music Artist/Vocalist. Much of her professional social work experience and interest in Social Work includes Spiritual Integration and Disaster-related Crisis Management. She has worked with various populations honing her skills as an 'advocate to the bone.' She has worked with Homeless women, the Elderly, Behavioral health - Specialists in Addiction/Depression, Women re-entry, Self-sufficiency, Housing, and Family reunification.

    She has a BA in Christain Ministry from NOBTS (seminary), focusing on Psychology, Counseling, and Resilience and earned an MSW from Tulane School of Social Work - Class of 2004 Specialization - Behavioral Health & Advocacy. In the Doctoral Program, her specialization is developing a  Spiritual Care Curriculum taught in Social Work. A "Call will accompany the project to Action Research Paper."

    In the future, she looks forward to building, developing, and securing funding for an innovative transitional housing program, authoring books, guest lecturing, and becoming a visiting professor at various schools of higher learning and, of course, a tenured Professor at Tulane University at Tulane School of Social Work. Her hobbies include shopping, dancing, professional recording vocalist,  traveling, and fine dining.

  • 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

    Adjunct Instructor

    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
  • Dr. Pamela Savage is currently the Executive Director of Baldwin Youth Services located in Robertsdale, Alabama where she oversees the operations of three group homes for at-risk youth. Having worked in the field of social work for nearly 25 years, she has extensive experience in child welfare and adoptions, as well as in adult and adolescent mental health services. Her career has encompassed both the administrative and the direct service sides of social work and because of her broad experience in the private and public arenas, she has developed a unique perspective of the field that she is able to take into a classroom and share with students.

    Dr. Savage earned her Doctorate in Social Work from Tulane University with a research focus on human trafficking, social welfare policy, and orphan care. She earned her Master of Social Work from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Youth Ministry from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Currently, she is licensed to independently practice social work in Alabama, Louisiana, Ohio, and Mississippi.

    In addition, Dr. Savage also serves as a consultant to Roads of Hope. Roads of Hope is a non-profit organization that provides safe housing and other life skills services to orphans in Eastern Europe who, without assistance, would be targeted by sex and labor traffickers. She also owns her own company that provides adoption home study services for those seeking to grow their family through adoption.

  • Pamela Savage, DSW, LCSW

    Adjunct Instructor

    Dr. Pamela Savage is currently the Executive Director of Baldwin Youth Services located in Robertsdale, Alabama where she oversees the operations of three group homes for at-risk youth. Having worked in the field of social work for nearly 25 years, she has extensive experience in child welfare and adoptions, as well as in adult and adolescent mental health services. Her career has encompassed both the administrative and the direct service sides of social work and because of her broad experience in the private and public arenas, she has developed a unique perspective of the field that she is able to take into a classroom and share with students.

    Dr. Savage earned her Doctorate in Social Work from Tulane University with a research focus on human trafficking, social welfare policy, and orphan care. She earned her Master of Social Work from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Youth Ministry from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Currently, she is licensed to independently practice social work in Alabama, Louisiana, Ohio, and Mississippi.

    In addition, Dr. Savage also serves as a consultant to Roads of Hope. Roads of Hope is a non-profit organization that provides safe housing and other life skills services to orphans in Eastern Europe who, without assistance, would be targeted by sex and labor traffickers. She also owns her own company that provides adoption home study services for those seeking to grow their family through adoption.

  • psavage1@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

    Adjunct Instructor

    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
  • Dr. Natalie Yates is a Clinical Social Worker and Creative Play Psychotherapist with 13 years experience working in the mental health industry. With an eclectic combination of integrating cognitive behavioral therapy with play therapy, Dr. Yates help her patients deal with with anxiety, self-esteem, depression, communication, family or relationship issues, and overall personal growth. Dr. Yates graduated with honors with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical University, after which she received her Joint Masters of Social Work from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical University/University of North Carolina - Greensboro. and a doctorate from Walden University in Family Interventions. With over ten years of counseling experience across a variety of treatment settings including private practice, inpatient substance abuse and community based services, Dr. Yates has experience providing individual, couples, family and group therapy using client-centered, strength-focused, and cognitive-behavioral therapeutic approaches. During her studies at NCA&T , Natalie worked as resident counselor at Methodist Home For Children where she assisted patients towards their emotional, physical, and social development. Post graduation, she began her career working at outpatient clinics where she provided individual, family and group therapy to teens and adults. Natalie also has experience in working with children and teens in a public sector, as she served as a therapist with Asheboro City Schools, collaborating with families and school staff on an array of “pullout” interventions, including evaluation, crisis services, diagnosis, individual, group, family therapy, case management and day treatment. Her exceptional record has been acknowledged with awards and accolades over the years including Social Worker of the Year in 2011. To date, Natalie serves clients as a Licensed Clinical Specialist, serving clients in vast areas of treatment including addictive behaviors, teen issues, parent/child relational issues, non-suicidal self-harm behavior and mood disorders. Utilizing a holistic approach by exploring with and educating clients about how mind, spirit and body are interconnected, Dr. Yates approaches client relationships with the theory of with the right support, people can learn to challenge and replace irrational thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes, ushering in a fresh freedom and welcomed change, that they need and deserve.

  • Natalie Yates, PhD, LCSW

    Adjunct Instructor

    Dr. Natalie Yates is a Clinical Social Worker and Creative Play Psychotherapist with 13 years experience working in the mental health industry. With an eclectic combination of integrating cognitive behavioral therapy with play therapy, Dr. Yates help her patients deal with with anxiety, self-esteem, depression, communication, family or relationship issues, and overall personal growth. Dr. Yates graduated with honors with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical University, after which she received her Joint Masters of Social Work from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical University/University of North Carolina - Greensboro. and a doctorate from Walden University in Family Interventions. With over ten years of counseling experience across a variety of treatment settings including private practice, inpatient substance abuse and community based services, Dr. Yates has experience providing individual, couples, family and group therapy using client-centered, strength-focused, and cognitive-behavioral therapeutic approaches. During her studies at NCA&T , Natalie worked as resident counselor at Methodist Home For Children where she assisted patients towards their emotional, physical, and social development. Post graduation, she began her career working at outpatient clinics where she provided individual, family and group therapy to teens and adults. Natalie also has experience in working with children and teens in a public sector, as she served as a therapist with Asheboro City Schools, collaborating with families and school staff on an array of “pullout” interventions, including evaluation, crisis services, diagnosis, individual, group, family therapy, case management and day treatment. Her exceptional record has been acknowledged with awards and accolades over the years including Social Worker of the Year in 2011. To date, Natalie serves clients as a Licensed Clinical Specialist, serving clients in vast areas of treatment including addictive behaviors, teen issues, parent/child relational issues, non-suicidal self-harm behavior and mood disorders. Utilizing a holistic approach by exploring with and educating clients about how mind, spirit and body are interconnected, Dr. Yates approaches client relationships with the theory of with the right support, people can learn to challenge and replace irrational thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes, ushering in a fresh freedom and welcomed change, that they need and deserve.

  • nyates@tulane.edu