Our Faculty - Social Work

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Faculty Profiles

  • Jing Tan

    Jing Tan
    Associate Professor and Chairperson, School of Social Work
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102H
    Tel:
    508.531.6170

    Jing Tan, who received her Master degree from Peking University and PhD degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis, is a full time associate professor in the School of Social Work. Dr. Tan has been on the faculty of Bridgewater State University since 2009. She teaches both undergraduate and master 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 has published in peer-reviewed journals as well as presented at international, national and regional conferences. She also serves as the Director of Undergraduate Research at Bridgewater State University.

    Areas of Expertise

    International aging; Aging and immigration; racial/ethnic minority elders; health and mental health service utilization among the older population; undergraduate research

    Courses Taught

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

    Degrees

    BA, China Youth College for Political Science, Beijing, China
    MA, Peking University, Beijing, China
    PhD, Washington University of St. Louis

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  • Kathy A. Bailey

    Kathy A. Bailey
    Associate Professor of Social Work
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102L
    Tel:
    508.531.6150

    Kathy Bailey, PhD, MSW is a full-time Associate Professor who has been on the faculty of Bridgewater State University since 2009. Dr. Bailey’s academic degrees include a PhD in Social Work from Arizona State University School of Social Work; an MSW from Arizona State University School of Social Work and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Frostburg State University. Her teaching is concentrated in the areas of direct practice, policy, grief and bereavement, and macro social work in both the Master of Social Work and Bachelors of Social Work programs. Dr. Bailey has twenty-five years of social work practice experience that includes case management, elder care, crisis intervention, medical social work and quality improvement. Dr. Bailey has published book chapters as well as presented at international, national and regional conferences. Her research interests include strategies of teaching and learning, mentorship, and most recently, college student bereavement. 

    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
    MSW, PhD, Arizona State University

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  • Margaret Boyd

    Margaret Boyd
    Assistant Professor of Social Work
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102X
    Tel:
    508.531.2127

    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

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  • Mark J. Brenner

    Mark J. Brenner
    Professor of Social Work
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102E
    Tel:
    508.531.2760

    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

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  • Karen R. Fein

    Associate Professor of Social Work; MSW Coordinator
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102R
    Tel:
    508.531.2370
    Degrees

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

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  • Denise Howley

    Assistant Professor of Social Work
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 100F
    Tel:
    508.531.6577
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  • Castagna Lacet

    Assistant Professor of Social Work
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102N
    Tel:
    508.531.2071
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  • Jonghyun Lee

    Jonghyun Lee
    Associate Professor of Social Work
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102Z
    Tel:
    508.531.2689

    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

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  • Beverly Lovett

    Professor of Social Work; BSW Coordinator
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102S
    Tel:
    508.531.2253
    Degrees

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

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  • Kathleen McAleer

    Instructor of Social Work
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102P
    Tel:
    508.531.2867
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  • David J. O'Malley

    David J. O'Malley
    Associate Professor of Social Work
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102T
    Tel:
    508.531.2978

    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

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  • Leslie Sattler

    Leslie Sattler
    Assistant Professor of Social Work
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102J
    Tel:
    508.531.2518

    Leslie J. Sattler, PhD, LICSW joins the School of Social Work after 24 years of practice with adolescents involved in the juvenile justice system and 8 years of teaching practice, theory, and research in the BSU graduate and undergraduate social work programs.  Her research focuses on gene by environment interactions predicting youth violence, and she has presented both nationally and internationally on issues of trauma and treatment of youth who have committed sexual offenses.  Additional areas of expertise include supervising candidates for licensure and program development.  In her spare time, Leslie enjoys walking her dogs, cooking, snowboarding, and hiking in the White Mountains.

    Degrees

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

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  • Jibril Solomon

    Assistant Professor of Social Work
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102Y
    Tel:
    508.531.2238
    Degrees

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

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  • Pamela Szczygiel

    Pamela Szczygiel
    Assistant Professor of Social Work
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102M
    Tel:
    508.531.2012

    Pam Szczygiel received her MSW degree from the University of Georgia in 2003 and her doctorate in clinical social work (DSW) from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015.  She is delighted to join the School of Social Work to teach across the curriculum in the MSW program.  Her scholarship interests include trauma-informed social work practice, relationally-informed social work practice and teaching, and combining Eastern and Western practice approaches.  She is a LICSW in the state of Massachusetts and currently serves as a Disaster Mental Health and Resiliency Volunteer with the American Red Cross.  She has published her scholarship in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at local, state and national conferences.  In her spare time, she enjoys playing outside with her dogs, cooking, and gardening.

    Degrees

    BA, Villanova University
    MSW, University of Georgia
    DSW, University of Pennsylvania

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  • Wendy Champagnie Williams

    Assistant Professor of Social Work
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102V
    Tel:
    508.531.2548
    Degrees

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

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  • Judith Willison

    Associate Professor of Social Work
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102W
    Tel:
    508.531.2843

    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

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Part-time Faculty Profiles

  • Lisa Aguiar

    Part-Time Faculty
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102U
    Tel:
    508.531.2648
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  • Christina Albernaz

    Part-Time Faculty
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102A
    Tel:
    508.531.2773, 508.531.2256
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  • Charlene Bonenfant

    Part-Time Faculty
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102A
    Tel:
    508.531.2773, 508.531.2256
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  • Meggan Carr

    Part-Time Faculty
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102A
    Tel:
    508.531.2773, 508.531.2256
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  • April Connolly

    Part-Time Faculty
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102A
    Tel:
    508.531.2773, 508.531.2256
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  • Melissa Costa

    Part-Time Faculty
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102A
    Tel:
    508.531.2773, 508.531.2256
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  • Premela Deck

    Part-Time Faculty
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102A
    Tel:
    508.531.2773, 508.531.2256
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  • Cynthia Drake

    Part-Time Faculty
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102A
    Tel:
    508.531.2773, 508.531.2256
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  • Mary Ann Duffy

    Part-Time Faculty
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102A
    Tel:
    508.531.2773, 508.531.2256
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  • Thomas Dunse

    Part-Time Faculty
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102A
    Tel:
    508.531.2773, 508.531.2256
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  • Elaine Fillion-Crouse

    Part-Time Faculty
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102A
    Tel:
    508.531.2773, 508.531.2256
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  • Shavon Fulcher

    Part-Time Faculty
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102A
    Tel:
    508.531.2773, 508.531.2256
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  • Linda Gabruk

    Part-Time Faculty
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102A
    Tel:
    508.531.2773, 508.531.2256
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  • Roberta Guez

    Part-Time Faculty
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102A
    Tel:
    508.531.2773, 508.531.2256
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  • Taylor Hall

    Part-Time Faculty
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102A
    Tel:
    508.531.2773, 508.531.2256
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  • Maureen Hathaway

    Part-Time Faculty
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102A
    Tel:
    508.531.2773, 508.531.2256
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  • Emily Holmes

    Part-Time Faculty
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102A
    Tel:
    508.531.2773, 508.531.2256
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  • Karen MacDonald

    Part-Time Faculty
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102A
    Tel:
    508.531.2773, 508.531.2256
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  • Jean Murphy

    Part-Time Faculty
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102A
    Tel:
    508.531.2773, 508.531.2256
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  • Richardson Pierre-Louis

    Part-Time Faculty
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102A
    Tel:
    508.531.2773, 508.531.2256
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  • Elissa Pototsky

    Part-Time Faculty
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102A
    Tel:
    508.531.2773, 508.531.2256
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  • Christine Rowan

    Part-Time Faculty
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102A
    Tel:
    508.531.2773, 508.531.2256
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  • Josephine Saint Cyr Saieh

    Part-Time Faculty
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102A
    Tel:
    508.531.2773, 508.531.2256
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  • Barry Sanders

    Part-Time Faculty
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102
    Tel:
    508.531.2773

    Professor Sanders currently serves as adjunct faculty in the BSU School of Social Work. He is also working as a clinical social worker for the Department of Mental Health Brockton Multi Service Center where he provides individual counseling to persons with serious and persistent mental health needs. 

    Previously, Professor Sanders was a social worker for the Department of Children and Families for nearly 25 years. He worked as an ongoing social worker, FamilyNet trainer, family group conference coordinator, investigator and short term stabilization worker. While serving as family group conference coordinator, Professor Sanders helped develop and implement the training curriculum and presented at the American Humane Society International Conference on Family Group Decision Making.

    Professor Sanders is a founding member of the Taunton Opiate and Substance Use Task Force where he helps create and implement programming to assist people impacted by the opiate crisis - including an overdose outreach team and the Taunton Opens Doors to Recovery drop in center. 

    Professor Sanders is also an elected member of the Taunton City Council.

    Professor Sanders is continuing his clinical education and training with Dr. Paul Gilbert of the Compassionate Mind Foundation and Dr. Dennis Tirch of the Center for Compassion Focused Therapy. 

    Areas of Expertise

    Compassion Focused Therapy, Child Welfare, Mental Health, Community Organizing, Substance Use Disorder

    Degrees

    BA, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
    MSW, Bridgewater State University

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  • Shannon Snyder

    Part-Time Faculty
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102A
    Tel:
    508.531.2773, 508.531.2256
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  • Elizabeth Souffront

    Part-Time Faculty
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102A
    Tel:
    508.531.2773, 508.531.2256
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Field Education Profiles

  • Carolyn Masshardt

    Carolyn Masshardt
    Administrator of Field Education for Social Work
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102K
    Tel:
    508.531.2177

    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.

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  • Nasreen Shibli

    Field Education Specialist
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102F
    Tel:
    508.531.1459
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  • Maureen Ward

    Associate Director of Field Education for Social Work
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102G
    Tel:
    508.531.2597
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Staff Profiles