Our Faculty - Social Work

Our Faculty

Faculty Profiles

  • Jing Tan

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

    Dr. Jing Tan came to the field of social work by serendipity, as she originally thought she wanted to be a lawyer. As a first-generation social work undergraduate in China, she fell in love with the profession of social work and pursued a master’s degree. After graduating from Peking University in 2002, she discovered her passion for social work education and decided to enter a doctoral degree program in social work. However, at that time, there wasn’t a social work doctoral program in China, so she had to go abroad if she wanted a PhD in social work. She was the first in her family to attend college and had never left China before. In 2003, she came to the United States alone with two big suitcases to study for her PhD in social work at Washington University in St. Louis. Her dissertation was focused on health service utilization among older Asian immigrants. She graduated in 2009 and joined the School of Social Work faculty at BSU. She teaches 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. She also has a passion for undergraduate research and served as director of Undergraduate Research at BSU.

    Areas of Expertise

    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

    BS, China Youth University for Political Sciences
    MA, Peking University
    PhD, Washington University in 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 grew up in Montreal and Ottawa, Canada. She started her journey in social work after the professors in her undergraduate program in psychology and sociology suggested she focus on action and social justice, which were a better fit for social work. Dr. Boyd's MSW program offered term internships and her second internship was living and working at Blackfriars Settlement House in London, England. Working there confirmed her commitment to advocacy at the community level. After completing her MSW in Canada Dr. Boyd returned to England to work as a community organizer in London. After 13 years in England, Dr. Boyd moved to Connecticut and then Massachusetts for work and university. Her dissertation used a strength-based perspective to understand and work with communities – ending the label of “disadvantaged.” Dr. Boyd's research is interdisciplinary and sometimes international. She is working with a team of researchers in Australia, England, Ireland and Canada to raise awareness of the global exploitation of the early childhood workforce. She has also been the recipient of social services as she fostered two boys (now in their mid-20’s) from India who came to the United States as unaccompanied minors and without papers. Dr. Boyd also has four children, one who struggles with mental health issues.

    Areas of Expertise

    Community-Based Research; Early Education workforce; Race, Class and Gender Oppression

    Degrees

    BA, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
    MSW, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada
    PhD, Boston University

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  • Karen R. Fein

    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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  • Taylor Hall

    Taylor Hall
    Assistant Professor of Social Work
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102Y
    Tel:
    508.531.2598

    Growing up in a working-class family on the Rhode Island/Massachusetts border, Dr. Taylor Hall wasn’t always sure she would attend college. Though at times she struggled academically and with finding role models who she could aspire to emulate, she did make the decision to apply to and attend Bridgewater State College as a first-generation college student, where she studied both sociology and social work. It was here at Bridgewater State that Dr. Hall discovered what she wanted to do: change the systems we have in place to make services more accessible to groups who need them. After completing her bachelor’s degree, Dr. Hall worked in both micro and macro positions within the Veterans Administration and at Suffolk County House of Corrections. It was in these work environments she could see the vast number of people who experience a co-occurring substance use and mental health disorder, and she saw how our healthcare and social service systems have many barriers keeping people from accessing what they need to get well. Dr. Hall studied this further with her dissertation research, looking at people with substance use disorders leaving prison and examining the micro and macro level barriers faced in attempting to access physical health, mental health, and substance use services post release. In her spare time, she likes to hang with my three dogs and powerlift.

    Areas of Expertise

    Substance Use Disorders, Policy, Program Evaluation

    Degrees

    BA, Bridgewater State College
    MA, UMass Boston
    PhD, Boston University

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  • Denise Howley

    Denise Howley
    Assistant Professor of Social Work
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102P
    Tel:
    508.531.1858

    Dr. Denise Howley grew up in Brussels, Belgium - an experience that enabled her to travel all over Europe and be aware of the world outside of the United States. As an undergraduate student at Allegheny College, she knew she wanted to work in a field that focused on social justice but wasn't aware of social work as a profession. Post-graduation she moved to California to work with the United Farm Worker Union. She earned her first master’s degree in religious education from Fordham University and became a high school teacher, designing courses on liberation and feminist theology. Years later, after working in the peace movement, she became interested in social work and earned her MSW at Boston University and PhD at Simmons College. Peace witnesses in Washington DC, Haiti and Honduras followed. Later she became passionate with tying together the impact of trauma with education and on the benefits of mindfulness practices in addressing trauma. Since 2015 she has taught the trauma certificate post-graduate course at BSU and has also taught in the BSU School of Social Work since 2017. She loves to hike, ski and spend her time both on the beaches in Massachusetts and in the mountains of Maine. She is also a certified yoga instructor.

    Areas of Expertise

    Social Work, Education, Trauma

    Degrees

    BA, Allegheny College
    MA, Fordham University
    MSW, Boston University
    PhD, Simmons College

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  • Castagna Lacet

    Castagna Lacet
    Assistant Professor of Social Work
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102N
    Tel:
    508.531.2071

    Dr. Lacet is Haitian-American, the 10th of 12 children and a first-generation college graduate. She grew up in Boston’s Mattapan neighborhood and graduated from Boston Public Schools. She is bilingual in English and Haitian Creole.

    Her practice and consulting experience include: at-risk youth, families affected by family violence and the mental health needs of the Haitian community. She was a founding member and past president of the Haitian Mental Health Network, a collaborative of mental health providers working locally and in Haiti to build mental health capacity, raising awareness and decreasing stigma about mental illness in the Haitian community. She actively mentors youth and early-career social workers. 

    She enjoys teaching required research, micro and macro practice courses, and elective courses on family violence and social work practice on immigrant and bilingual populations. She serves as a faculty associate in the Office of Teaching and Learning, and enjoys giving conference presentations about strength-based teaching and empowering pedagogies.

    She earned her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College, and her master’s (MSW) and doctorate (PhD) from Boston College School of Social Work. Her dissertation research focused on Haitian women survivors of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake. Her other scholarly interests include building community collaborations, cultural humility, allyship and strengths-based teaching.

    Areas of Expertise

    Family Violence, Haitian Mental Health, Allyship

    Degrees

    BA, Wellesley College
    MSW and PhD, Boston College School of Social Work

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  • Jonghyun Lee

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

    Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Jonghyun Lee came to the United States to pursue his social work career. His name Jonghyun means "Black Bell". Koreans believe that the darker the bell, the more resonating sound it has. The name was given by his mother as she wanted him to become a compassionate person who could resonate with the lives of others. 

    Dr. Lee earned his master’s degree and PhD in social work at Simmons College. He has had rewarding experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds including those with severe mental illness, immigrants, children and sexual minority groups. 

    Employing both quantitative and qualitative methods, Dr. Lee examines cross-cultural variations of mental illness and the coping behaviors among racially and ethnically diverse groups. His scholarship in the areas of culture-bound syndromes, migration, history of social welfare, spirituality, older adults, women and LGBT issues is disseminated through publications and professional presentations. 

    Dr. Lee is committed to teaching! He began teaching at Bridgewater State University in 2010. Since then, his classes are filled with students from all walks of life. Following the professional mission of social work, Dr. Lee integrates social justice and human diversity in all aspects of his teaching to empower social work students to grow as aspiring professionals. 

    Areas of Expertise

    Culture-Bound Syndromes, Migration, History of Social Welfare, Spirituality, Older Adults, Women, LGBT Issues

    Courses Taught

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

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

    Degrees

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

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  • Beverly Lovett

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

    Dr. Beverly Lovett began her career in social work in the child welfare system. Her work with vulnerable children, families and communities led her to pursue a graduate degree in social work where she continued her career in inpatient and outpatient child mental health services. Dr. Lovett’s clinical practice included specialty programs for sexually abused children and non-offending parents. Dr. Lovett joined the faculty in the School of Social Work at BSU in 1996. She enjoys teaching practice and theory courses, as well as research methods. Dr. Lovett has held the position of interim department chair and currently serves as the BSW program coordinator. Dr. Lovett enjoys mentoring and advising students as they proceed in their journey toward becoming professional social workers. As a first generation college student, she understands some of the experiences which may coincide with this status.

    Her scholarship is published in the International Journal of Child Abuse & Neglect, The Journal of Adolescent & Child Social Work, the Journal Affilia and the New Social Worker.

    Degrees

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

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  • Kathleen McAleer

    Kathleen McAleer
    Associate Professor of Social Work
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 100F
    Tel:
    508.531.2867

    Becoming a social worker was never part of Kathleen McAleer's life-plan. But then, as a recent art school graduate, she was offered a position teaching at a secondary school for girls in Kingston, Jamaica. In Jamaica she taught, painted and volunteered in two programs: a prison for men serving life-sentences and a “home for the destitute,” housing hundreds of developmentally disabled and medically fragile adults and children. She learned about colonialism, poverty, race, injustice and trauma but she also gained insight into the ways culture, resilience, community, faith, joy and passion can be powerful forces for change and survival. After two years, she decided this work was for her and she returned to Boston. Professor McAleer spent the next several years working with at-risk teens and earning her MSW. After graduation, she moved again, this time to the Washington, DC area where she was hired as a hospice AIDS social worker. She loved hospice work and when she moved one last time, back to Massachusetts, she continued working in the field running both pediatric palliative care and bereavement programs. During her 25-year hospice career, Professor McAleer supervised many BSU social work interns and when she was offered the opportunity to teach part-time as a field instructor she leapt at the chance. Now, as a full-time member of the faculty, she can think of no place she'd rather be. 

    Areas of Expertise

    Hospice and Palliative Care, Clinical Practice with Individual, Families and Groups, Clinical Supervision, Program Management, Traumatic Loss and Complicated Grief

    Degrees

    BFA, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
    MSW, Boston University School of Social Work

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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

    As an athlete (a catcher from Babe Ruth leagues to D-I softball), a resident assistant in college and the sixth child of seven, Dr. Leslie Sattler is the product of group membership and great mentors. She learned the importance of observing, listening, identifying priorities and teamwork. Because of these experiences, it is only natural that she became a social worker interested in how people and environments influence one’s growth. Her undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees are all in social work, and she focused her career on adolescents involved in the juvenile justice system. Before coming to BSU, Dr. Sattler worked for 25 years in residential treatment centers and held many positions from clinician to agency president; her most exciting role involved providing adventure and wilderness-based therapy. Dissatisfied with limiting her work to the individual, she focused her doctoral studies towards understanding how social justice-related structural issues of the community interact with one’s genes to influence the development of violent behavior. Now, as a social work educator, Dr. Sattler integrates these life experiences into her teaching. Committed to giving back, she works hard to help students incorporate what they are learning into their practice. To do this, she uses experiential teaching methods designed for hands-on learning and mentor students whenever the opportunity arises.

    Areas of Expertise

    Adolescents, Juvenile Justice, Youth Violence, Gene x Environment Interactions, Community-Level Factors, Parenting, Adventure Based Therapy

    Degrees

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

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  • Jibril Gabriel Solomon

    Jibril Gabriel Solomon
    Assistant Professor of Social Work
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102E
    Tel:
    508.531.2238

    Jibril Solomon considers teaching and scholarship to be both a passion and vocation. This originated from his own curiosity about human nature and inquisitive interest in biological, psychological and psychosocial phenomena affecting individuals and families’ mental, emotional and social conditions. Biopsychosocial, which interconnects biology, psychology and socio-environmental factors in the quest to understanding and treating human dysfunctions and disorders, is his area of interest and expertise. Dr. Solomon develops and teaches courses as well as conducts research using the biopsychosocial approach. Specifically, human biological aspects of disorder manifestations and social science theoretical perspectives in human behavior and social environment informs his practice. Dr. Solomon connects his background in human biological sciences, education, psychometrics assessment and research in his work. He focuses his teaching on advancing students’ progressive growth through applied learning and case study application. Dr. Solomon is committed to the education and training of evidence-based practitioners who effectively and transformative impact clients’ lives. 

    Areas of Expertise

    Biopsychosocial, which interconnects biology, psychology, and socio-environmental factors in the quest to understanding and treating human dysfunctions and disorders.
    Psychometrics Assessment

    Degrees

    BA, University of Southern Maine
    MSW, University of New Hampshire
    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

    Growing up in a single parent household, Pamela Szczygiel had early lessons in resiliency. We all need help. For Dr. Szczygiel, this came in the form of a close bond with her mother and brother, weekly visits from her feisty South Philadelphian Italian grandparents, a house filled with furry companions, and, of course, many plates of pasta! Career paths soon emerged: philosopher, chef or social worker? The philosophy path was short, yet continues to inform her strong interest in social work theory. While deliberating on a culinary career, social workers entered her path, pointing her in yet another direction - a creative and inspiring career in healing, empowerment and change. 

    Dr. Szczygiel's formal social work journey began in 2001 and, after a few years of incredible community work, she took a leap into clinical practice. Her clients have been her greatest teachers, always reminding her to stay humble and continuously pointing her back to their relationship as a main catalyst for change. She identifies as a relationally-informed clinician, teacher and scholar. Along the way Dr. Szczygiel also picked up certifications in health coaching, yoga and other mind-body practices. Each step on her journey continues to influence her current position in the School of Social Work at BSU. It is her greatest honor to teach and learn alongside her students. 

    Areas of Expertise

    Clinical Practice, Mental Health and Wellness, Relational Social Work Practice and Theory, Mind-Body Practices

    Degrees

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

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  • Wendy Champagnie Williams

    Wendy Champagnie Williams
    Assistant Professor of Social Work
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102V
    Tel:
    508.531.2548

    Wendy Champagnie Williams is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work.  As a first-generation American and college graduate in her family, Dr. Williams feels passionate in the work with which she engages with students. An adult learner who worked and raised a family throughout her own educational journey, Dr. Williams is committed to working with and on behalf of students who doubt their abilities to be successful in their endeavors in higher education. Dr. Williams is a native Bostonian, growing up in Dorchester, Massachusetts.  As someone who is proud of her journey from a GED to a PhD, Dr. Williams writes and presents about her experiences of growing up in the inner-city, exposure to gang and community violence, being a teen parent, a high school dropout; and how her interactions with a social worker at Bridge Over Troubled Waters, a program in Boston that supports young people between the ages of 16-24, directly influenced her decision to become a social worker. “I want to help. I want to do what someone did for me.” These life experiences are what informs her research interests of resilient reintegration among formerly incarcerated Black men; the impact of incarceration on children and families; strengths and resilience, particularly among communities of color; and dynamics of power, privilege and oppression towards active allyship.

    Degrees

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

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  • Judith Willison

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

    Judith Willison grew up in a white, Jewish, family of teachers who were civil rights activists. When her mother came out as a lesbian in Dr. Willison's childhood, she became acutely aware of marginalization based on sexual orientation. After earning her MSW and working in the criminal justice system, Dr. Willison more fully understood systemic racism and the criminalization of poverty and mental illness. Her commitment to social justice and to using her privilege in the service of allyship grew. After 22 years of practice within the criminal and juvenile justice systems as a clinician, supervisor, administrator, advocate and trainer, Dr. Willison returned to school for a PhD while working full time. In 2011 she joined the faculty in BSU's School of Social Work and focused her scholarship on criminalized behavior within systems of social inequity. To target the implications of institutionalized white supremacy and its effects on individuals entangled in the justice systems, her feminist participatory action research contextualizes women’s experiences of multiple oppressions interlinked to race, class and gender, highlighting social injustice in women’s incarceration. Dr. Willison is committed to community advocacy with formerly incarcerated people in efforts to stem mass incarceration. She is committed to culturally-inclusive social work education that empowers students, elevates their voices and prepares them to work toward social justice. 

    Areas of Expertise

    Feminist Participatory Action Research; Effects of Mass Incarceration; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Courses Taught

    Graduate Courses:
    Social Work Practice with Individuals
    Social Work Practice with Groups
    Social Work Practice with Families
    Dynamics of Diversity and Oppression

    Undergraduate courses:
    Social Work Practice 

    Degrees

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

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  • Susan Yi-Millette

    Susan Yi-Millette
    Instructor of Social Work
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102
    Tel:
    508.531.2325

    Kangsuk-ah! Kangsuk-ah! Was how Susan Yi-Millette was called in her immigrant household where she lived with her parents, a younger brother, a younger sister and a collection of her mother’s side of the family members including her Halmoni (grandmother), four samchuns (mother’s brothers), one aunt-in-law, one eemo (mother’s sister) and two young cousins. The memories Professor Yi-Millette made were the best memories that she have of her life. She thinks she has been preparing to be a social worker all her life, as the daughter of a minister, her life was always filled with building community and helping the congregation members to assimilate into American culture. Professor Yi-Millette was the first in her family to attend college in America. She came to social work as a junior in college and received her BSW and MSW as an advanced standing student. She has worked with elders, child welfare work, mental health policy work for immigrants and refugees and as a policy analyst in Long Term Care. Professor Yi-Millette's doctoral work was in the Professionalization of African American Social Workers. She loves being a social work educator and has been doing that work for the past 25 years. She has also travelled as a military family from Seoul, S. Korea, Honolulu, HI, Manhattan, KS, Monterey, CA, Boston, MA, Worcester, MA, and now lives on Cape Cod. 

    Areas of Expertise

    Social Welfare Policy, Professionalization of Social Workers, Culturally Inclusive Social Work Practice, Strategic Planning, Outcome Evaluation and Community Development

    Degrees

    BS, BSW, MSW, Boston University
    ABD, Brandeis University

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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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  • 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
    Director of Field Education for Social Work
    Burrill Office Complex
    Tel:
    508.531.2177

    Carolyn Masshardt's career in social work began before she could have known what a professional choice was. Growing up in Worcester she learned early on about urban life, diversity, social justice and the gift of close proximity to neighbors. As the daughter of a single mother, rare at the time, and niece of a principal and grandchild of a clergyman and writer, Professor Masshardt and her brother navigated varied social terrains. Through this, they developed a rich sense of community that has invigorated life since. 

    Professor Masshardt's first job was a dry cleaner working alongside immigrants without a high school education who supported their families. She learned courage from them and leadership from the owner who supported inclusiveness and fair play. Later, she worked at a host of social service agencies. This led to college and gradate school choices, and a decades long profession in social work leadership at McLean Hospital, community mental health centers and homelessness programs.

    Areas of Expertise

    Supervision, Community Mental Health and Urban Social Work, Responses to Trauma 

    Degrees

    BA, Northeastern University
    MSW, Boston College School of Social Work 

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  • Nasreen Shibli

    Nasreen Shibli
    Field Education Specialist and Coordinator
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102F
    Tel:
    508.531.1459

    Ms. Shibli brings more than 25 years of experience in social work to BSU. Working with elders, doing legislative advocacy, organizing conferences, community development, program planning, development and management work over the years has given her the skills needed for securing internships in our area. Ms. Shibli has been working at the School of Social Work as the field education specialist and coordinator for the past 13 years. 

    Ms. Shibli likes bringing people together, whether it is on a one on one basis, group or at the community level. This skill was developed from growing up in a family culture that always welcomed people. Creating environments for dialogue and discussion is one of her favorite ways of bringing groups together. Social justice related issues on a local and global level keeps her motivated to make a difference. She is the current president of Community Services of Greater Brockton, a coalition of nonprofit agencies in Greater Brockton.

    She enjoys learning about a variety of world cultures, history, traditions and music by reading, watching films and travelling around the world. Experiencing and interacting with people from all walks of life inspire her. 

    Areas of interest include: work family balance, women and empowerment, immigrant and refugee issues, coalition building and diversity issues 

    Degrees

    BS, Stonehill College
    MSW, Boston College
    HERS, Certificate on Women in Higher Education Administration
    Three Years of Course Work, Leadership in Higher Education, UMASS Boston

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  • Maureen Ward

    Maureen Ward
    Associate Administrator of Field Education for Social Work
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102G
    Tel:
    508.531.2597

    As the daughter of a mother who immigrated from Ireland and a father who is first generation Irish American, Maureen Ward was immersed in Irish culture throughout her childhood; learning of the many hardships and celebrating the many triumphs the people of Ireland experienced. She developed a core belief that people and societies have the capacity to rebuild and grow from adversity. When obtaining her BA; concentration sociology/social services from UMASS Dartmouth, Ms. Ward studied abroad with the goal of enhancing her education on human behavior in relation to the social environment. Backpacking through Europe, she found herself walking alongside the Berlin Wall, flooded with inspiration in response to the artistic expressions of resiliency and hope the people created on this former symbol of oppression. Compelled to pursue a career that focused on improving the well-being of people and societies, Ms. Ward attained her MSW from Boston College, acquiring her LICSW in 2002. She has enjoyed a versatile career, assuming various roles; including positions as a clinical director, as a private practitioner and consultant. In 2015, she was awarded an “Excellence in Field Instruction Award” from Boston University School of Social Work. Prior to being employed at BSU, Ms. Ward experienced the joy of teaching and advising students in her roles as an adjunct professor and field advisor for the Boston College School of Social Work.

    Areas of Expertise

    Children, Youth and Families, Trauma Informed Care and Intervention, Clinical Supervision, Non-Profit Program Management and Development

    Degrees

    BA, UMASS Dartmouth
    MSW, Boston College School of Social Work

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Staff Profiles

  • Carol E. Bonner

    Carol E. Bonner
    Associate Dean, School of Social Work
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 103
    Tel:
    508.531.1423
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  • Andrea Delaney

    Andrea Delaney
    Administrative Assistant II
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102
    Tel:
    508.531.2256

    Ms. Delaney manages the daily operation of the School of Social Work and supports the department chairperson, BSW coordinator, MSW coordinator, faculty and staff. She coordinates and organizes the School of Social Work activities and events, including retreats, meetings and on-campus visits of potential faculty/staff candidates and external partners (such as accreditation visitors), as well as supervise the student workers in the office. She is also the budget liaison between the School of Social Work and Fiscal Affairs, the Budget Office and Procurement Services.

    Areas of Expertise

    Expert in MS Office
    Banner Finance

    Degrees

    BA, Texas Christian University

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  • Marcia Tarr

    Marcia Tarr
    Administrative Assistant I - Field Education
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 102
    Tel:
    508.531.2773
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