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Master of Social Work

Faculty and Staff

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Master of Social Work

West Chester Campus

Address:
Reynolds Hall
650 Reynolds Alley
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2664


PASSHE Center City

Address:
701 Market Street, Concourse Level
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Phone: 610-436-2664

FACULTY AND STAFF

MSW Faculty

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Christina Chiarelli-Helminiak, MSW, PhD
Program Director, Department Chair, Assistant 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 M. Metz

Stacie M. Metz, MA, MPH, MSW, PhD
Department Vice-Chair, Graduate Coordinator, 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
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."

Pablo Arriaza

Pablo Arriaza, MSW, PhD, LCSW
Associate Professor

  • Bilingual social work practice
  • End-of-life care and bereavement social work with linguistically isolated individuals
  • Clinical social work supervision

"I enjoy walking along with students, side by side, as I encourage and show them how to look at the world from different perspectives and question reality and the truth."

Nadine M. Bean

Nadine Bean, MSSA, PhD, LCSW
Associate Professor

  • 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."

Page 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
Professor

  • 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
Assistant 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 O. Lewis

Terrence O. Lewis, MSW, PhD, LICSW
Assistant 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."

Gwenelle O'Neal

Gwenelle O'Neal, MSW, DSW, LSW
Professor

  • 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
Assistant 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

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Kathleen Coyne, LCSW
Adjunct Faculty

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Samantha Giusti, MSW
Adjunct Faculty

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Noel Ramirez, MSW, MPH
Adjunct Faculty

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Cindy Scott, MSSW
Adjunct Faculty

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Betty Surbeck, PhD
Adjunct Faculty

MSW Staff

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P.K. Ahearn
MSW Program Secretary

"As social workers labor to aid in the vital needs of humanity, it is so wonderful for me to work with these best of persons for the best of causes!"

Lisa G. Allen

Lisa G. Allen, MSW, LSW
Director of Field Education

"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, MSW
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
MSW Recruiter

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

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Theresa Sullivan, MSW
Director of Field Education for Philadelphia

"I came to social work seeking a career path that addressed human service work from a social justice perspective. I found a vocation rooted in this philosophy, with a unique attention to the feminist perspective, constantly examining how the personal and political are intimately connected, in all of the issues we face."