People at the School of Social Work

Faculty Profiles at a Glance

Andrea Aderton, MSW, MSA, Assistant Clinical Professor, Field Education Coordinator
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, LCSW, Associate Professor & Associate Director for Research, Director of Doctoral Program and Integrative Behavioral Health Clinic
Research Interests: Serious mental illness; clinical social work; older adults; mental health courts; criminal justice system and mental illness.


Anne M. Dannerbeck Janku PhD, Research Associate
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, 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
Research Interests: Parenting education; adolescent development; at-risk youth & prevention; family support services/student support services.


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; military & veterans; generalist social work practice; policy.


Kristin McCowan, PhD, MSW, Assistant Research Professor
Research Interests: Racial equity in schools, adolescent development, identity formation, sociopolitical development, justice-oriented youth programs, substance use, and mental well-being.


Precious Mseba, PhD, MSW, Assistant Professional Practice Professor
Research Interests: Social work practice, social work education, human development, wellbeing, social justice, social policy, HIV/AIDS.


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, 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 and Director of Center for Body Image Research & PolicyResearch 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.


Carol A. Snively, PhD, MSW, MA, Associate Director, MSW Program Director and Associate Teaching Professor
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.


Aaron M. Thompson PhD, MSW, Director & Associate Professor, Associate Director of Missouri Prevention Science Institute
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 Teaching Professor
Research Interests: Intimate partner violence; trauma and mental health in post-conflict settings; interventions for economic and social development.


Christine Woods EdD, MSW, LCSW, Assistant Teaching Professor & BSW Program Director
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, Professor, School of Social Work, Department of Public Health, Faculty Advisor for the MSW/MPH Dual Program, 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

Emeriti Faculty

  • 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
  • Leigh Tenkku Lepper, Associate Research Professor Emerita
  • Wilson Watt, Associate Professor Emeritus

Retired Faculty

  • Erma M. Ballenger, Retired
  • Larry Kreuger, Retired
  • Martha Markward, Retired