People at the School of Social Work
Faculty Profiles at a Glance
Andrea Aderton, MSW, MSA, Assistant Clinical Professor, Online Education and NW MO Field Support Specialist
Research Interests: Social services and mental health services to children and families; rural social work; enhancing access and outcomes for mental health services and the young adult population.
Rachel Bailey, MSW, LCSW, Assistant Clinical Professor
Teaching Interests: Trauma and crisis intervention; social work and psychopathology; direct practice; clinical strategies; theory and practice of social work groups; family therapy.
Kelli Canada PhD, MSW, Associate Professor & Associate Director for Research
Research Interests: Serious mental illness; clinical social work; older adults; mental health courts; criminal justice system and mental illness.
Suzanne Cary MSW, Assistant Clinical Professor, Director of Field
Teaching Interests: Field education; bereavement.
Anne M. Dannerbeck Janku PhD, Associate Research Professor
Research Interests: Equity and inclusion in the justice system; problem-solving courts; special populations in the justice system; immigration and its impacts on families.
Danielle Easter MSW, LCSW, Assistant Clinical Professor and Co-Director of the Integrated Behavioral Health Clinic
Teaching Interests: Criminal justice; treatment courts; veterans; mental illness.
Dale Fitch PhD, Director & Associate Professor
Research Interests: Child welfare; information systems in human service organizations; systems theory; systemic research methodologies; organizational decision making.
Tammy L. W. Freelin MSW, LCSW, Assistant Teaching Professor, Student Services Coordinator, Interim BSW Program Director
Research Interests: Parenting education; adolescent development; at-risk youth & prevention; family support services/student support services.
Rebekah Freese, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Instructor
Research Interests: Life threatening behaviors in adolescents and adults; suicide prevention; mental health policy and advocacy; borderline personality disorder; eating disorders in adolescents and adults.
Ashley Givens, PhD, MSW, LCSW, Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Criminal justice; early adult justice involvement; traumatic experiences of justice involved individuals; mental health and criminal justice.
Linda Hillemann, MSW, LCSW, Assistant Clinical Professor, Online Education and NW MO Field Support Specialist
Research Interests: Rural practice; distance education; community health assessment.
Hsun-Ta Hsu, PhD, MSW, Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Health; homelessness; housing; social network; intervention with homeless adults and youth.
Alexandria Lewis, Ed.S., MSW, LCSW Assistant Teaching Professor
Teaching Interests: Death, grief, and loss; gerontology; hospice & palliative care; military & veterans; generalist social work practice; policy.
Clark M. Peters, PhD, JD, AM, Associate Professor
Research Interests: Child welfare services and organization; adolescent transition to adulthood; engagement of youth in civil society; juvenile justice; juvenile courts, and probation; history of social work; role of theory in social work; advocacy and collaboration with other professionals; restorative justice.
Jane Piester, MSW, LCSW, MEd Assistant Clinical Professor and BSW Field Education Coordinator
Teaching Interests: Field education; school social work, supervision.
Kathleen Preble, PhD, MSW Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Human trafficking (labor & sex; adult & juvenile); international and domestic exploitation; sex work; gender-based violence.
Virginia Ramseyer Winter, PhD, MSW, Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Body image; women’s physical, mental, sexual, and reproductive health across the lifespan; social work education.
Erin Robinson, PhD, MPH, MSW Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Gerontology; HIV/AIDS; health disparities; healthy aging; older adult sexuality.
Ninive Sanchez, PhD, MS, MSW, Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Health disparities; health care access and utilization; Latino adolescents and young adults; sociodeterminants of health; social work education.
Carol A. Snively, PhD, MSW, MA, Assistant Teaching Professor, MSW Program Director and Off-Campus Program Director
Research Interests: Youth development and community betterment; strengths based community organization; effective helping strategies for sexual minority youth; graduate level social work student engagement in educational culture, sense of belonging, and wellness.
Leigh Tenkku Lepper PhD, MPH, Associate Research Professor
Research Interests: Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders; screening brief Intervention referral and treatment; preconception health; mental health of women; social and cultural context of health.
Aaron Thompson PhD, MSW, Associate Professor, Associate Director of Missouri Prevention Center and Director of the Doctoral Program
Research Interests: School and community service agency collaborations; school-based interventions for children with social, emotional, and behavioral health concerns; building self-determination for students with educational disabilities; site-based information systems to inform tiered response models.
Sarah Tlapek, PhD, MSW, MID, Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Intimate partner violence; trauma and mental health in post-conflict settings; interventions for economic and social development.
Christine Woods MSW, LCSW, Assistant Teaching Professor
Teaching Interests: Family & children practice; crisis intervention; human development; child development; community services coordination; family dynamics & interaction; field instruction.
Dong Pil Yoon, PhD, MSW, Associate Professor
Research Interests: Religiousness/spirituality; human diversity; gerontology; rural social work; welfare reform.
Mansoo Yu, PhD, MSW, MA, Associate Professor, Faculty Advisor for the MSW/MPH Dual Program, Associate Director of Center for Children and Families Across Cultures
Research Interests: Health-risk behaviors; interactions between mental health and physical health; epidemiologic research; health promotion; adolescent health; health disparities; research with racial/ethnic minority groups, and vulnerable/underserved populations; cross-national research.
Adjunct Faculty Profiles
- Richard Boettcher, Professor Emeritus
- Judith Burke, Professor Emerita
- Lee Cary, Professor Emeritus
- Charles D. Cowger, Professor Emeritus
- Judith A. Davenport, Professor Emerita
- Michael J. Kelly, Professor Emeritus
- Duane Kroeker, Professor Emeritus
- Joanne Mermelstein, Professor Emerita
- Dianne Orton, Emerita Teaching Professor
- Marjorie Sable, Professor Emerita and Director Emerita
- Paul Sundet, Associate Professor Emeritus
- Wilson Watt, Associate Professor Emeritus
- Erma M. Ballenger, Retired
- Larry Kreuger, Retired