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Tenure-Track Faculty

  1. Katie E. Richards-Schuster Katie E. Richards-Schuster »

    Katie Richards-Schuster's research focuses on understanding the strategies and approaches for engaging young people in communities, the contexts and environments that facilitate youth engagement across settings, and the impact of youth participation in creating community change. She is a

  2. H. Luke  Shaefer H. Luke Shaefer »

    Luke Shaefer's research focuses on the effectiveness of the United States’ social safety net in serving low-wage workers and economically disadvantaged families. His recent work explores rising levels of extreme poverty in the United States, the impact of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance

  3. Michael  Spencer Michael Spencer »

    Michael Spencer's research examines disparities in physical and mental health and service use of populations of color, as well as interventions for reducing disparities. He is the Principal Investigator of the REACH Detroit Family Intervention, an NIH-funded, community-based, participatory

  4. Sherrie A. Kossoudji Sherrie A. Kossoudji »

    Sherrie A. Kossoudji is presently an associate professor in the School of Social Work and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Economics. Her principal research area is immigration. She has written numerous articles on the legal status of immigrant workers in the United States and


  1. Laura M. Lokers Laura M. Lokers »

    Laura Lokers, MSW ’05, is a licensed clinical social worker and worked in the University of Michigan’s Department of Psychiatry, Anxiety Disorders Program for the past 10 years. Lokers specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy for a variety of anxiety, mood disorders and Obsessive Compulsive

  2. Allan C. Wachendorfer »

    Allan Wachendorfer, MSW '14, is the Director of Public Policy for the Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers where he works to create socially just public policy in alignment with the ethics and values of the social work profession. Wachendorfer studied social policy and

  3. M. Antonio G. Alvarez M. Antonio G. Alvarez »

    LEO Lecturer II Tony Alvarez serves as the School's point person for the use of experiential, adventure and wilderness approaches to social work practice. Professor Alvarez's research focuses on the design of effective experiential & adventure-based programs for social workers in multiple

  4. Ellen Y. Chute Ellen Y. Chute »

    Ellen Yashinsky Chute is the Chief Community Outreach Officer at Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit. In her role, Ellen is the Director of JCADA, the Jewish Coalition against Domestic Abuse, the creator of Parent's Place, an online parenting forum, and director of the JFS Cancer

  5. Abigail H. Eiler »

    Abigail Eiler, MSW ' 06, is a clinical social worker in the Department of Family Medicine’s Ambulatory Care Unit at the University of Michigan Health System and a field instructor for MSW interns from University of Michigan School of Social Work. She also works as a medical social worker for

  6. Emily K. Fitzgerald Emily K. Fitzgerald »

    Emily Fitzgerald, MSW '06, focuses her work on individual and group practice with children and adolescents, primarily within the school setting.  As a school social worker and clinical supervisor, she has provided therapeutic services to support youth and families with a wide array of mental

  7. Carolyn L. Grawi »

    Carolyn Grawi, MSW '91 currently serves as the executive director and CEO at the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she helps people amplify their voices, and connect with opportunities and resources, in order to transform lives and the systems in which we

  8. Kathleen L. Lopez Kathleen L. Lopez »

    Katie Lopez (LMSW) is the Assistant Director of the Office of Global Activities at the University of Michigan School of Social Work where she is responsible for the overall administration of the office including overseeing the Global Activities Scholars Program, the Masters International

  9. Mary B. Ortega Mary B. Ortega »

    Mary B. Ortega, M.S.W., L.M.S.W., A.C.S.W. is the Clinic Administrator of the Family Assessment Clinic at the University of Michigan, School of Social Work. She previously worked for 6 years as project coordinator and field supervisor at the UM Family Development Project, working with children

  10. Lindsay Kaye Pietruck Lindsay Kaye Pietruck »

    Lindsay Pietruck, MSW '12, focuses her work on individual, family and group practice with a special interest in trauma. She has experience working with young children, adolescents, teenagers, young adults and adults with a variety of developmental and cognitive disorders, mental illness, and

  11. Carolyn R. Stone »

    CarolynRose Stone, MFA’ 93, developed a career overlapping three professional areas of study: nursing, community health education, and creativity as a language to shape insightful methods of working with people with dementia. Stone’s work focuses on the premise that creativity is a life force, a


  1. Srinika D. Jayaratne Srinika D. Jayaratne »

    Professor Emeritus Siri Jayaratne has been studying the effects of work stress on the health and well-being of social workers since 1979, and is currently working with colleagues analyzing data from a longitudinal study of child welfare workers. His program of research has included four national

  2. Elizabeth H. Voshel Elizabeth H. Voshel »

    Betsy Voshel is an Associate Clinical Professor of Social Work and Director of Field Instruction. She has been a licensed master social worker (LMSW) with membership in the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) since 1980 and received a post-master's teaching certificate from the University

  3. Paula Allen-Meares Paula Allen-Meares »

    Paula Allen-Meares served as dean of the University of Michigan School of Social Work from February 1993 to August 2008 and became dean emerita in January 2009, when she was appointed chancellor of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dean Emerita Allen-Meares' research interests include the

  4. Shirley A. Lockery Shirley A. Lockery »

    Shirley Lockery joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1990 as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 1998. Prior to her appointment at the School of Social Work, Lockery earned a certificate in gerontology and practiced for many years as a registered nurse. She

Clinical and Research

  1. Debra K. Mattison Debra K. Mattison »

    Debra K. Mattison, MSW '81, focuses on medical social work with extensive experience providing clinical social work services as well as program planning in a variety of settings including cancer care, palliative care and integrated primary care. She has special interests in healthcare, chronic

Field Educators

  1. Rachel T. Naasko Rachel T. Naasko »

    Rachel Naasko joined the Office of Field Instruction as a field educator/lecturer/field liaison in March 2016. Naasko previously worked in the University of Michigan Dean of Students Office as the Director of the Blavin Scholars Program and the University’s Critical Incident Coordinator, a

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