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Master of Social Work

Faculty and Staff

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Master of Social Work

West Chester Campus

Anderson Hall 
725 S. Church St 
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone:  610-436-2664

PASSHE Center City

701 Market Street, Concourse Level 
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Phone: 610-436-2664


MSW Faculty

Christina Chiarelli-Helminiak

Christina Chiarelli-Helminiak, MSW, PhD
Program Director, Department Chair, Associate Professor

  • Organizational factors that affect job satisfaction and burnout
  • Integration of human rights in social work curricula
  • Immigrant civic engagement
  • Children's and women's rights

"In order to live together as a global society that appreciates peace, we must become aware of what limits peace."

Stacie Metz

Stacie M. Metz, MA, MPH, MSW, PhD
Department Vice-Chair, Graduate Coordinator - West Chester Campus, Professor

  • Adolescent mental health and social-emotional learning
  • Health promotion in young adult populations
  • Program evaluation

"I vividly remember dreaming of opening a community mental health center in order to help those in need. I envisioned a blend of preventive and tertiary services to improve not only emotional health, but also social, physical, and spiritual health."

Ginneh L. Akbar

Ginneh L. Akbar, MSW, DSW, LSW
Graduate Coordinator - Philadelphia Campus, Assistant Professor

  • Child welfare social work
  • Social work and social media

"It's my charge to make my personal and professional time relevant and significant. West Chester is a good place for that because the school's values align well with my teaching philosophy. WCU genuinely cares, and it comes through in every facet of student interaction."

Nadine Bean

Nadine Bean, MSSA, PhD, LCSW

  • Integrated health, recovery, and resiliency
  • Disaster mental health services
  • Service members, veterans, and military families

"There is an oft- quoted sentiment about the field of social work that I truly believe applies to me and my passion for the field, "Social work is a 'calling,'" not simply a profession. The field has been 'calling' me for over 30 years."

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Casey Bohrman, MSW, PhD
Assistant Professor

  • Intersections between the criminal justice and mental health systems
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Use of social media to influence social change

"What I love most about being a social work educator is that I never stop learning. My students constantly inspire me. Together we learn constantly new things from each other."

Page Walker Buck

Page Walker Buck, MSS, PhD, LSW
Associate Professor

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • The human-animal bond
  • Realities of field practicum

"The first day I drove into the parking lot of my MSW program, I knew I was home. It was exactly where I belonged and has been so ever since."

Wan-Yi Chen

Wan-Yi Chen, MSW, MPhil, PhD

  • Children and adolescents
  • Victimization experiences and reaction to trauma
  • Environmental impact in the person, family, and community

"As much as I enjoyed working in the field, I realized very early on that I could make a bigger impact as a professor; as a professor I could develop programs and set the pace for future social workers."

Linda Ello

Linda Ello, MSW, PhD, LCSW
Associate Professor

  • Gerontology
  • Research

"Currently working on a research initiative regarding infusing gerontology content into all MSW foundation courses."

Amber Holbrook

Amber Holbrook, MSW, PhD, LSW
Associate Professor

  • Program evaluation and implementation research
  • Mental health
  • Substance abuse

"I first became interested in issues of social justice during my undergraduate education, when I worked for the campus women's center and volunteered with the local Khmer refugee population."

Angela Lavery

Angela Lavery, MSW, PhD, LCSW, FT
Assistant Professor

  • Gerontology and thanatology
  • Housing needs of older adults

Terrence Lewis

Terrence O. Lewis, MSW, PhD, LICSW
Associate Professor

  • Relationships between churches and marginalized populations
  • Culturally competent mental health practice
  • Social justice advocacy for individuals and families within marginalized groups

"We should embrace the beautiful and transcendent complexities of life and relationships. After all, relationships are the heart of our existence."

Alison Neff

Alison Neff
Assistant Professor

Kerrie Ocasio

Kerrie Ocasio, MSW, PhD
Assistant Professor

  • Help-seeking and engagement in social services
  • Foster care services and well-being outcomes
  • Racial disparities in child welfare
  • Implementation Science informed evaluations
  • Practice-based service evaluation

"I'm thrilled to work in a department that consciously and deliberately works to support the students, while also providing them with a high-quality education that will prepare them to be leaders in the social work field."

Mia Ocean

Mia Ocean, MSW, PhD
Assistant Professor

  • Community colleges
  • Anti-oppressive qualitative research
  • Anti-oppressive clinical social work

"…I know it will take all of us working together to create positive change. Social work practice, whether in the field, classroom, or figurative laboratory, creates opportunities to fight for social justice in awesome and small ways, every day. We just need to join the fight."

Gwenelle O'Neal

Gwenelle O'Neal, MSW, DSW, LSW

  • Community mental health services
  • Multicultural resources
  • Universal design to enhance student and consumer engagement and participation

"My interest in social work stems from the NAACP in the seventh grade during the civil rights movement. My community focus on democracy and economic development can be connected to that experience."

Julie Tennille

Julie Tennille, MSW, PhD, LSW
Associate Professor

  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Role of intimacy and sexuality in mental health recovery
  • HIV
  • Field education and pedagogical models to enhance workforce competence

"As a gay kid growing up in the 1970s and 80s, I learned a lot about what it was like to be an outsider. I've always connected to outsider identities. This led me to my profession and continues to shape the way I see the world and the depths of oppression and privilege that go unexplored."


MSW Adjunct Faculty


Kathleen Coyne


Aury Garcia


Samantha Giusti


Noel Ramirez


Cindy Scott


Betty Surbeck


Kenneth Johnson


Sally Eberhardt


MSW Staff

Lisa G. Allen

Lisa G. Allen, MSW, LSW
Director of Field Education, West Chester Campus

"It has been an honor in my role as a social worker over the years to be a part of my clients' lives, working to facilitate positive changes."

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Jeanean Mohr
Program Coordinator

"As a first-generation college graduate, I am intimately familiar with the value of higher education. I am thrilled to transfer my passion for education and social justice to the university setting and be surrounded by individuals dedicated to combating social and economic inequities."


Kyle Murray

Kyle Murray, MBA
Program Coordinator

"It is truly inspiring to work with the faculty, staff, and students here at West Chester University."

Tangela Harden

Tangela Harden, MSS
Director of Field Education, Philadelphia Campus

"My life journey has always given me an indication that fighting the good fight is my life's purpose. I remember one day in the library an old man tapping me on the shoulder whispering, "Bad things happen when good people do nothing." I have carried this experience with me ever since and now know it occurred to guide me towards my professional goal of becoming a social worker. My professional commitment is to always use my voice to combat social inequities and to always fight the good fight!"

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