School of Social Work

In the School of Social Work, we prepare students for professional careers in social services administration and counseling for underserved and/or vulnerable individuals and groups. Students focus on public policy and regulations, counseling and intervention, case work planning and specialized services.

Bridgewater has been providing social work education for more than 30 years. Our faculty, staff and students are deeply engaged in community service, and they make a difference in someone’s life every day.

Faculty
Mark J. Brenner
Professor and Chairperson of Social Work
Mark Brenner
Burrill Office Complex, Room 102E
Tel:
508.531.2760
Email: mark.brenner@bridgew.edu

Mark J. Brenner, PhD, ASCW, LISCW joined the social work faculty in 2003. He serves as the Coordinator of the MSW program in addition to working with students and teaching courses in the MSW program. Prior to his appointment at Bridgewater State University, Dr. Brenner was a Project Director and Instructor of Psychiatry at the Commonwealth Research Center at Harvard Medical School where he directed studies in the areas of schizophrenia, suicide and substance abuse. Dr. Brenner was trained as a family therapist and has over 20 years of experience providing psychotherapy for children, adolescents and adults in both out-patient and in-patient settings.

During the 2010-2011 academic year, Dr. Brenner was invited to Hong Kong to collaborate with faculty at the Center for Behavioral Health, University of Hong Kong on integrative body-mind-spirit social work. He has published in the area of mental illness as well as Buddhist meditation and serves as a consulting editor and member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services. His current research interests are in the areas of contemplative practices, Buddhism, and the integration of Eastern philosophies into Western psychotherapeutic models. In addition to presenting his work locally, Dr. Brenner has presented at national social work conferences as well as internationally in China and Japan.

Courses Taught

SCWK 512 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment III: The DSM-IV TR
SCWK 540 - Research: Evaluating Practice
SCWK 550 - Intergenerational Family Focused Direct Practice
SCWK 551 - Advanced Clinical Practice with Individuals
SCWK 355/559 - Study Tour of Tailand: Buddhism and South East Asian Culture
SCWK 570 - Integrative Seminar
SCWK 580 - Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Social Work
SCWK 580 - Spirituality and Social Work Practice
SCWK 590 - Field Practice and Seminar I
SCWK 591 - Field Practice and Seminar II
SCWK 592 - Field Practice and Seminar III
SCWK 593 - Field Practice and Seminar IV

Degrees

BA, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Human Services
MSW, Boston University, Clinical Practice
PhD, Simmons College, Clinical Social Work

Kathleen A. Bailey
Associate Professor of Social Work
Burrill Office Complex, Room 102L
Tel:
508.531.6150
Email: kathleen.bailey@bridgew.edu

Kathy Bailey, PhD, LMSW, joined the School of Social Work faculty at Bridgewater State University in 2009.  Dr. Bailey teaches courses in both the MSW and BSW programs including direct practice, policy, macro practice, and field.  Dr. Bailey's research interests include long term care quality improvement, coordination of care, and elder issues.  In that regard Dr. Bailey has presented her work at national, regional, and local conferences.  Dr. Bailey has also been an active mentor of student projects and participated annually in the Undergraduate Research Symposiums held on campus. 

Dr. Bailey serves as the Honors Chair for the School of Social work, is faculty co-sponsor for the Phi Alpha, Beta Chi Chapter, of the National Social Work honor Society, and is Co-Chair of the Pride Coalition at Bridgewater.  The mission of the Pride Coalition is to help create a more welcoming, inclusive, and safe campus for the GLBTA community.  In addition, Dr. Bailey sits on the advisory board for Undergraduate Research and is a faculty mentor for the Graduate Writing Fellows program in the School of Social Work.

Areas of Expertise

Long term care quality improvement
Coordination of care
Elder issues

Courses Taught

Graduate courses:
Social Work Practice I
Policy III: Mental and Physical Health
Field Practice & Seminar I and II
Human Behavior and Social Environment II

Undergraduate courses:
Introduction to Social Welfare
Social Work Practice: Community and Organization

Degrees

BS, Frostburg State University, Psychology
MSW, PhD, Arizona State University, Social Work

Margaret Boyd
Assistant Professor of Social Work
Burrill Office Complex, Room 102X
Tel:
508.531.2127
Email: m3boyd@bridgew.edu

Margaret Boyd received her MSW from Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada, and her PhD in Sociology and Social Work from Boston University. Her research and scholarship areas of interest include early childhood education, race and racism, urban communities and community-based research. She is involved in a large international and interdisciplinary research project investigating the work and well-being of the early childhood education & care workforce. She enjoys reading, running, travel and working on her small hobby farm.

Degrees

BA, Carleton University
MSW, Wilfrid Laurier University
PhD, Boston University

Karen R. Fein
Associate Professor of Social Work; MSW Coordinator
Burrill Office Complex, Room 102R
Tel:
508.531.2370
Email: karen.fein@bridgew.edu
Degrees

BA, William Woods College
MSW, University of Michigan
PhD, State University of New York at Albany

Denise Howley
Assistant Professor of Social Work
Burrill Office Complex, Room 100F
Tel:
508.531.6577
Email: dhowley@bridgew.edu
Castagna Lacet
Assistant Professor of Social Work
Burrill Office Complex, Room 102N
Tel:
508.531.2071
Email: castagna.lacet@bridgew.edu
Jonghyun Lee
Associate Professor of Social Work
Burrill Office Complex, Room 102Z
Tel:
508.531.2689
Email: jonghyun.lee@bridgew.edu

The primary focus of Jonghyun Lee's scholarship is to examine the psychological ramifications of immigration experiences using a culturally specific psychiatric illness.  By drawing on theoretical insights from the fields of medical anthropology, sociology, and psychology, he conceptualizes mental illness as a cultural construct that is created by the dialectic interactions between individuals and their social world.  His research interest in the narrowing mental health disparities among culturally and ethnically diverse immigrant groups drew the attention of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) which awarded him a fellowship to participate in a 2010 Global Mental Health Research Careers Forum.

He has published and presented papers related to older adults, women, LGBT community, and culture-bound syndromes.  In spring 2012, he was invited to teach in China and provided undergraduate seminars on social welfare policy and social work practice theories in the United States.  Currently, Dr. Lee serves as a lead person for the Human Behavior and the Social Environment and undergraduate Social Welfare Policy courses.

Areas of Expertise

Cross-cultural variations of mental illness and the coping behaviors, particularly the impact of depressive symptoms and culture bound syndromes on the daily functioning of diverse immigrant and refugee populations in the United States.

Issues related to socially just and culturally sensitive social work practice.

Courses Taught

Graduate Courses:
Human Behavior in the Social Environment I & II
Culture, Illness, and Coping
Policy Advocacy, Development, and Analysis

Undergraduate Courses:
Human Behavior in the Social Environment I & II
Social Welfare Policy

Degrees

BS, Kangnam University
MEd, Myongj University
MSW, PhD, Simmons College

Beverly Lovett
Professor of Social Work; BSW Coordinator
Burrill Office Complex, Room 102S
Tel:
508.531.2253
Email: beverly.lovett@bridgew.edu
Degrees

BS, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
MSW, Simmons College School of Social Work
DSW, Tulane University

David J. O'Malley
Associate Professor of Social Work
Burrill Office Complex, Room 102T
Tel:
508.531.2978
Email: david.omalley@bridgew.edu

Dr. O'Malley's educational and professional background includes having worked with community and faith-based organizations which were engaged in inter-faith and interreligious work in education, housing, health and human services work.  His experience in having worked in a variety of settings and with a diverse set of people has prepared him to respond to the issues he faced in his career as a social worker and now as a social work educator.  His particular commitments are in helping students develop their knowledge, skills and self-awareness so that they are prepared to be life-long learners.  A changing work environment with emerging issues requires students to be adaptable to working in a variety of settings with different populations and issues.  Another element of Dr. O'Malley's professional activity is in designing and providing on-going staff development for local agencies and field education instructors.

Areas of Expertise

Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation
Mediation and Conflict Resolution
Religion and Spirituality as critical elements of cultural competency
Contemplative Practices in social work education and social work practice
Service-Learning
Substance Abuse and Sexual Assault Education and Prevention

Courses Taught

Undergraduate courses:
SCWK 250 - Introduction to Social Work
SCWK 270 - Social Work Issues of Diversity and Oppression
SCWK 338 - Introduction to Social Work Practice
SCWK 498 - Senior Field Experience and Seminar
Electives on issues of religion and spirituality in social work practice

Degrees

BS, University of Connecticut
MDiv, Yale University Divinity School
MSW, Southern Connecticut State University
PhD, Case Western Reserve University

Leslie Sattler
Assistant Professor of Social Work
Burrill Office Complex, Room 102J
Tel:
508.531.2518
Email: lsattler@bridgew.edu
Degrees

BSW, University of Maine 
MSW, Boston University
PhD, Simmons College

Jibril Solomon
Assistant Professor of Social Work
Burrill Office Complex, Room 102Y
Tel:
508.531.2238
Email: j1solomon@bridgew.edu
Degrees

BA, University of Southern Maine
MSW, University of New Hampshire at Durham
PhD, Lesley University

Pamela Szczygiel
Assistant Professor of Social Work
Burrill Office Complex, Room 102M
Tel:
508.531.2012
Email: pszczygiel@bridgew.edu
Jing Tan
Associate Professor of Social Work
Burrill Office Complex, Room 102N
Tel:
508.531.6170
Email: jing.tan@bridgew.edu

Dr. Jing Tan received her PhD degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis.  She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses, including Data Analysis/Statistics, Research Methods, and Social Welfare Policy.  Her research focus is aging and immigration, racial/ethnic minority elders, and health and mental health service utilization among the older population.

Dr. Tan is a research fellow of the Institute for Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston where she is working on the project of health and mental health disparities of older Asian Americans.  In addition, she received faculty grants from Bridgewater State University for her projects on health status and health service utilization among older immigrants to the United States.  She also served as a consulate for the Asian American Center for Cancer Education and Research of Tufts Medical Center.  Her previous research includes health insurance, health and mental health service use among minority elders and older immigrants, older drivers' issues, and methodological issues related to research on older adults.  Dr. Tan has strong quantitative and qualitative skills, ranging from data collection to data analysis.  She has published several peer reviewed journal articles in the field of aging and social work.

Areas of Expertise

Aging and immigration
Racial/ethnic minority elders
Health and mental health service utilization among the older population

Courses Taught

Graduate courses:
Data Analysis
Research Methods
Social Welfare Policy
Evaluation Practice
Social Work with Immigrants and Refugees

Degrees

LLB, China Youth College for Political Science
MM, Peking University
PhD, Washington University of St. Louis, Social Work

Wendy Champagnie Williams
Assistant Professor of Social Work
Burrill Office Complex, Room 102V
Tel:
508.531.2548
Email: w1williams@bridgew.edu
Degrees

BSW, Wheelock College
MSW, Boston University
PhD, Simmons College

Judith Willison
Associate Professor of Social Work
Burrill Office Complex, Room 102W
Tel:
508.531.2843
Email: judith.willison@bridgew.edu

Judith S. Willison, PhD, MSW, LICSW, joined the School of Social Work faculty at Bridgewater State University in 2011.  Dr. Willison completed her MSW at Boston College and PhD at Simmons School of Social Work and her scholarship is focused on contextualizing "criminalized" behavior within systems of social inequity.  Dr. Willison also serves as Faculty Associate in Bridgewater's Institute for Social Justice where she helped to launch Bridgewater's first Social Justice Residential Learning Community and works with faculty to explore future curricular innovations related to social justice.  Her current qualitative, feminist participatory action research seeks to contextualize significant individual and structural risk correlates for women's incarceration for crimes labeled as violent. 

Dr. Willison has over twenty years of experience in the field of forensic mental health as a clinician, supervisor, administrator, and trainer and has expertise in forensic mental health and violence prevention.  She teaches social work practice courses in the MSW and BSW programs, as well as the Dynamics of Diversity and Oppression course and an elective focused on a multisystemic approach to addressing violence.  Dr. Willison's ongoing research and teaching interests include analyses of the implications of institutionalized White supremacy and its relation to the workings of the justice systems; the relationship between trauma and violence; and successfully collaborating with clients who are mandated to treatment.  Dr. Willison's community work focuses on the re-politicization of mass incarceration and its far-reaching effects of social exile, with special regard to the disproportionate representation of impoverished persons of color in these systems. 

Dr. Willison enjoys mentoring social work students in their own research and has co-presented with students at national conferences.

Areas of Expertise

Feminist participatory action research
Mental health as a clinician, supervisor, administrator and trainer
Forensic mental health
Violence prevention

Courses Taught

Graduate courses:
Social Work Practice

Undergraduate courses:
Dynamics of Diversity and Oppression
Social Work Practice

Degrees

BS, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
MSW, Boston College
PhD, Simmons College

Field Education
Kerri DaFonseca
Associate Administrator of Field Education for Social Work
Burrill Office Complex, Room 102G
Tel:
508.531.2597
Email: kdafonseca@bridgew.edu
Carolyn Masshardt
Administrator of Field Education for Social Work
Burrill Office Complex, Room 102K
Tel:
508.531.2177
Email: carolyn.masshardt@bridgew.edu

Carol Masshardt, LICSW has been the Director of Field Education for the Bridgewater State University School of Social Work since 2009.  She has had a rich clinical and leadership background at McLean Hospital, North Suffolk Mental Health, DCF in adoption and protective services, and most recently as the Director of Social Services at Travelers Aid Family Services.  She also had a private practice in Boston and saw children, adolescents, adults and families.  She was the recipient of the research and practice awards at McLean Hospital, and was recognized by the Department of Mental Health for services to homeless mentally ill clients.  Prior to coming to Bridgewater, Ms. Masshardt worked part-time in field education at Boston College School of Social Work and supervised students from Smith, Simmons, Boston University, and Boston College.  She is a graduate of Boston College of Social Work.

Nancy McFadden
Coordinator, BSW/MSW Field Education
Burrill Office Complex, Room 102G
Tel:
508.531.2597
Email: nmcfadden@bridgew.edu
Nasreen Shibli
Field Education Specialist
Burrill Office Complex, Room 102F
Tel:
508.531.1459
Email: nshibli@bridgew.edu
Staff
Andrea Delaney
Administrative Assistant I
Burrill Office Complex, Room 102
Tel:
508.531.2256
Email: andrea.delaney@bridgew.edu
Marcia Tarr
Administrative Assistant I - Field Education
Burrill Office Complex, Room 102
Tel:
508.531.2773
Email: marcia.tarr@bridgew.edu
Department Chair
Dr.
Mark J. Brenner
Tel:
508.531.2760
Administrative Assistant I
Andrea Delaney
Tel:
508.531.2256
Administrative Assistant I - Field Education
Ms.
Marcia Tarr
Tel:
508.531.2773

The school offers a BS in Social Work, a minor in social welfare, and a graduate Master of Social Work degree. Our undergraduates learn current social work methods, skills, theories, values and ethics for practice with various communities – in particular, our region’s diverse and vulnerable populations. Our graduates prepare for an advanced level of practice. The programs build on a liberal arts perspective and foster critical thinking, effective communication and ethical behavior.

At every level of practice, social workers promote social justice, address regional needs, and enhance the lives of individuals, families and communities. Our graduates are eligible to sit for the LSW exam and have been placed in more than 200 agencies throughout New England.

For more information on programs see our Catalog.

School of Social Work
Burrill Office Complex
Room 102
508.531.2256

Office hours: Monday 8 am - 4 pm Tuesday through Friday, 8 am - 6 pm