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Department of Social Work Faculty


Jessica Retrum, LCSW, Ph.D.

Jessica Retrum, MSSW, Ph.D.
Chair and Associate Professor


303-615-1051



jhaxton1@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
201

Office Hours:

Fall 2019

T: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

W: 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Th: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

F: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Campus Box Number:
70


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Areas of Research and/or Practice

Dr. Retrum always tries to find ways to involve students in her projects, for example last year she hired two social work students to help facilitate community meetings and focus groups for a project that aimed to reduce isolation for older adults in a five neighborhood area in Denver. Dr. Retrum continues to pursue research and community project opportunities that aim to improve the health and quality of life of older adults and their families.


Biography

Dr. Retrum has eight years of clinical social work experience in health and mental health related settings; hospice, home and, inpatient care, in-home therapy, and developmental disabilities. She was a recipient of the John A. Hartford Foundation Pre-Dissertation Award in 2006. Through her own research and affiliation with the Institute of Gerontology from 2005-2009, Dr. Retrum worked with many community non-profit organizations that serve the social, health, and mental health needs of older adults and their families. She was also the PARTNER Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Health Systems and Service Research (funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) at the University of Colorado Denver, School of Public Affairs from 2010-2013.

Dr. Retrum’s research background includes Addressing the Needs of Underserved at At-Risk Isolated Seniors, GLBT Seniors Using Support to Age in Neighborhoods, and Geriatric Social Work: Building Capacity with Evidence Based Practice and served as lead researcher for the AARP’s Framework for Isolation in Adults Over 50. Dr. Retrum continues to pursue research and community project opportunities that aim to improve the health and quality of life of older adults and their families.

As an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work at Metropolitan State University of Denver, Dr. Retrum teaches at the undergraduate and graduate level. She enjoys teaching courses related to direct clinical social work practice in health and mental health care settings, practice with families, adults, older adults, and courses that teach social work students about research and practice and program evaluation.



Jo Bailey, MSW, Ph.D.

Jo Bailey, MSW, Ph.D.
MSW Program Director and Professor


303-615-0146



jbaile61@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
201

Office Hours:

Fall 2019

By Appointment

Campus Box Number:
70


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Areas of Research and/or Practice

My current research projects include analyses of policy and services for children without parental care in Eastern Europe, models of supervision, and undocumented migrants' experiences. My teaching interests include leadership, structural inequality, comparative social policy and global issues


Biography

I earned an MA in Sociology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and an MSW and PhD from the University of Houston. I joined Metro in January 2013, after more than 10 years as a faculty member at the University of Houston-Downtown. 

My practice experience is in adoption, clinical & program research, and grants management. I have taught across the curriculum in both sociology and social work in children & family, gender, social policy, urban issues and theory. 



K Scherrer, M.A., LCSW, Ph.D.

K Scherrer, M.A., LCSW, Ph.D.
BSSW Program Director and Associate Professor


303-615-1121



kscherr3@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
201

Office Hours:

Fall 2019

By Appointment

Campus Box Number:
70


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Areas of Research and/or Practice

K Scherrer has research and social work practice interests in aging and the life course, GLBTQ sexualities, and family relationships. 


Biography

K Scherrer is an Associate Professor and BSSW Program Director in the Department of Social Work and has research and social work practice interests in aging and the life course, GLBTQ sexualities, and family relationships. Her social work practice experiences include work with GLBTQ individuals and their families, women and children who were victims of violence, and older adults and their families. Dr. Scherrer’s research examines how age, generation and cohort shape how individuals recognize themselves as having sexual minority identities and how these identities affect their family life. Most recently, she investigated how family relationships, and grandparent-grandchild relationships in particular, are affected by the discovery of a grandchild’s gay, lesbian bisexual or queer (GLBQ) sexual orientation. Ultimately, her research informs social work practice with intergenerational families, particularly regarding issues of sexuality.

Here at MSU Denver, Dr. Scherrer has taught courses on Privilege, Oppression and Power (BSSW), Introduction to Social Work (BSSW), Cross Cultural Practice (BSSW), Social Work with Women (BSSW), Social Work with Contemporary Gender and Sexuality Issues (BSSW) and Exploring Diversity (MSW). Dr. Scherrer also has teaching experiences with content areas such as foundation level social work practice, advanced clinical practice with older adults, GLBT issues, international social work, group dynamics, aging and gerontological services, program evaluation, and qualitative research.

Dr. Scherrer conducted her undergraduate work at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she received a BA in Sociology and Psychology, and her graduate work at the University of Michigan where she received her PhD in Social Work and Sociology, MSW and MA in Sociology. Dr. Scherrer is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in the state of Colorado. 



Kristen Atkinson, MSW, Ph.D.

Kristen Atkinson, MSW, Ph.D.
Lecturer in Social Work


303-605-5930



katkin13@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
201

Office Hours:

Fall 2019

M: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

T: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Or By Appointment

Campus Box Number:
70


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Kristen’s research explores young people’s activism for social justice and social change. She is particularly interested in the impact of popular education and youth organizing on young people’s development, as well as how youth activists shape the world around them. Her research draws on the methods and philosophies of community-based participatory research.


Biography

Kristen is a full-time clinical faculty member at MSU Denver, teaching primarily in the MSW program. Her practice background is centered around positive and community youth development and includes work to reduce interpersonal and community violence, build intergenerational partnerships and embed anti-oppression within our organizations.

Kristen began teaching in 2009 and has taught foundation practice courses, history and philosophy of social work, participatory research, program development, program evaluation and youth development theory and practice courses. She currently teaches Capstone I and II, Research Methods and Advanced Integrated Practice: Leadership. Her approach to teaching is grounded in critical and transformative pedagogies, as well as a deep-rooted joy in journeying with people as they embark on self-discovery.

Kristen hails from Michigan, where she earned her BSW from Eastern Michigan University. She completed her MSW at San Francisco State University and her Ph.D. from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois Chicago. When not working, you can find Kristen hanging outside with family and friends – gardening, hiking, biking, etc. – or inside (very awkwardly) practicing beginner piano. 



Erin Boyce, MSW, PhD
Lecturer in Social Work


303-615-0555



eboyce3@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
119

Office Hours:

Fall 2019

By Appointment

Campus Box Number:
70


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Areas of Research and/or Practice

My research interests are focused in multiple aspects of child welfare, including the impacts of abuse and neglect, family engagement, parent training, and trauma along the life course. Most recently, my research has focused on the primary caregiver’s relationship with social workers and case managers, as an avenue for incorporating trauma-informed practices geared toward reducing child removal and increasing reunification. This year I will work on a project looking that the effectiveness of services geared toward college students who also experienced foster care. I enjoy working with students, brining them into the work I am doing and supporting their own research goals.


Biography

Dr. Boyce received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Then received a PhD from the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver.

Dr. Boyce’s social work practice has been focused on program evaluation. She has provided management, data collection, and data analysis for large federally funded programs, to working within the non-profit sector providing direct evaluation of mental health services for at risk youth and adolescents. Dr. Boyce is currently interested in using her evaluation skills in the macro area of social work, focusing on the role of systems in the lives of families, in particular poverty and child welfare.

Currently, Dr. Boyce is a full-time faculty member at Metro State University where she teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Classes taught include Research (BSSW/MSW), Power, Oppression, & Privilege (BSSW/MSW) and Gender in Social Work (BSSW). She has also taught classes in trauma theory and the integration of social work ethics through a social justice lens.



Perri Corvino, MSW, LCSW, LAC

Perri Corvino, MSW, LCSW, LAC
Lecturer in Social Work


303-605-5927



pcorvino@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
201

Office Hours:

Fall 2019

T: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

W: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Th: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Campus Box Number:
70


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Areas of Research and/or Practice

Perri is currently developing a training program for supervisors that will empower them to provide compassionate and effective supervision to therapists with a personal history of trauma. She reads a lot of research on practicing self-compassion and interwove this research into her training program. She is very curious about the relationship between spirituality and mental wellness.

Perri’s clinical work addresses the complexity of healing from trauma and addiction by using psychodynamic psychotherapy, trauma-informed care, culturally-informed care, and harm reduction.


Biography

Perri is a full-time clinical faculty member at MSU Denver. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY Potsdam in Psychology. She received her Master of Social Work degree and Master of Arts in Women’s Studies from Loyola University Chicago. She is currently completing her PhD studies at Smith College’s School for Social Work. Perri has worked in outpatient, residential, and jail-based addiction treatment settings in the Denver Metro area. She attained her addiction counselor licensure to enhance her capacity to facilitate healing from substances and trauma. She supervises therapists seeking licensure in social work, counseling, and addiction counseling. She teaches clinical courses at MSU Denver.



Kristin Danhoff, MSW, Ph.D.

Kristin Danhoff, MSW, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor


303-615-0331



kdanhoff@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
201

Office Hours:

Fall 2019

W: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Th: 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Or By Appointment

Campus Box Number:
70


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I am originally from Nebraska and have lived in Colorado for the last 12 years. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in Psychology and my Master's in Social Work from the University of Nebraska - Omaha. I have over a decade of experience in the field of social work and have held direct service positions with state agencies, hospitals, and community based non-profits in Nebraska and Colorado. I have expertise in domestic/interpersonal violence, child welfare, medical social work, and evaluation research. 



Lori Darnel, JD, MSW

Lori Darnel, JD, MSW
Assistant Professor


303-615-0334



ldarnel@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
201

Office Hours:

Fall 2019

T: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Campus Box Number:
70


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Bio:

Areas of Research and/or Practice

Criminal justice reform, child protection, and cultural responsiveness.


Biography

Lori Darnel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at Metropolitan State University of Denver teaching in the Macro Content Area. Starting at MSU Denver in 2013, Ms. Darnel was an adjunct at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work since 1999. Combining a theoretical knowledge with practical experience, Ms. Darnel focuses on teaching advocacy skills and interdisciplinary education with an emphasis on legal issues and policy.

Ms. Darnel is a native of Colorado and received both her Juris Doctorate and Masters in Social Work from the University of Denver. She has dedicated her career to advocacy including at risk youth, families and senior populations. Starting her career at the Denver District Attorney’s Office as a prosecutor and then moving into the non-profit sector with nonprofit management, Ms. Darnel has continuously integrated the practice of law with social work.  Prior to coming to MSU Denver, Ms. Darnel practiced law extensively in criminal, juvenile and family law areas.  In addition, Ms. Darnel practiced social work in the area of aging through ombudsman work in long-term care, truancy through program development for school districts and judicial districts, as well as non-profit management.

 



Barbara Decker, MSW

Barbara Decker, MSW
Lecturer in Social Work


303-615-0161



bdecke10@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
201

Office Hours:

Fall 2019

Th: 11:15 AM to 1:45 PM; 4:50 PM to 5:50 PM

F: 8:45 AM to 9:45 AM

Or By Appointment

Campus Box Number:
70


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Areas of Research and/or Practice

I am most interested in exploring how students who have been marginalized in the educational system, especially those with disabilities or who are first generation college bound, can feel accepted and find ways to share their gifts in schools and universities.


Biography

Barbara is thrilled to join the Department of Social Work at MSU Denver and believes that her career has been building toward helping her be prepared to teach the amazing students at this university.  She has spent her career working with students at the university and high school level who have been marginalized in the education system. Barbara worked at the University of Denver’s Learning Effectiveness Program and taught at the Women’s College at DU.  Later, she directed a comprehensive support program for students with learning disabilities and ADHD at a Denver high school. Barbara was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Denver in the Graduate School of Social Work. Most recently, Barbara worked with a local mentoring agency and headed efforts to provide case management and mentoring for underserved students after they completed high school.  Barbara earned both her BA in Sociology and her Masters in Social Work from the University of Denver.  With two teenagers, her hobbies revolve around learning to love her children’s hobbies (Yay, rugby and amateur theater productions!).  But an ideal day for her would involve a long walk with her husband and fabulous greyhound, a dinner at home with her family, and curling up on the couch with a good book and her aggressively affectionate cat. 



 Matthew Drake, MSW, LCSW, Ph.D.

Matthew Drake, MSW, LCSW, Ph.D.
Lecturer in Social Work


303-615-1833



mdrake12@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
201

Office Hours:

Fall 2019

By Appointment

Campus Box Number:
70


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Tanya Greathouse, LCSW, Ph.D.

Tanya Greathouse, LCSW, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor


303-615-0498



tgreath1@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
201

Office Hours:

Fall 2019

By Appointment

Campus Box Number:
70


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Bio:

Tanya Greathouse, Ph.D., earned her BA in Sociology from University of Colorado Boulder, a Master’s in Social Work from University of Denver and a PhD in Clinical Social Work from Smith College. She completed American Management Association Managers training and VISIONS Multicultural training. Dr. Greathouse serves as a Faculty Field Advisor at the rank of Adjunct Associate Professor for Smith College School for Social Work, Affiliate Faculty for Metropolitan State College of Denver and is a private psychotherapy practitioner in the Denver/Boulder area. Her foundation of cultural competency is informed by her teaching curriculums and multicultural trainings. She holds certifications as; Administrator and Interpreter for the Intercultural Developmental Inventory and QPR Gatekeeper Instruction. 

Outside of her professional activities, Greathouse is an avid bicyclist, outdoor enthusiast and enjoys cooking with her partner. 



Louise Haimowitz, LCSW

Louise Haimowitz, LCSW
Lecturer in Social Work


303-615-1837



lhaimowi@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
201

Office Hours:

Fall 2019

By Appointment

Campus Box Number:
70


Directory Profile

Bio:

Areas of Research and/or Practice

Maternal/Infant Mental Health, Attachment, Failure to Thrive, Acute Trauma, Multi-Generational Trauma, Co-Parenting, and Eating Disorders


Biography

I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1985 and over time have had the opportunity to practice social work in a wide variety of professional settings, e.g. Community Mental Health, In-patient Eating Disorders Recovery Clinic, and a University Counseling Center. I have also maintained a private practice providing psychotherapy to individuals, couples and families.

My area of expertise is in maternal and infant mental health. The population I work with includes at-risk families struggling with incidence of child abuse and neglect, perinatal mood disorders, failure to thrive in infants, and attachment disorders.   

I also have a specialization in working with multi-generational trauma, and have advanced certification in the use of EMDR for providing trauma-informed care.   

One of my favorite forms of clinical treatment is group therapy, which I have practiced for over 20 years in a variety of community settings. I currently facilitate a support group for caseworkers serving on the front lines of child protective services in an effort to build resilience in the face of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue.  

As an administrator, I have been the Clinical Director of two different a non-profit agencies where I developed evidence- based  treatment  programs . In 2012, I was named Social Worker of the Year for Boulder County by NASW, an honor that was very meaningful to me.

PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHING

I have been teaching in the Graduate School of Social Work at Metropolitan State University of Denver since the program began in 2011, and have thoroughly enjoyed opportunity to instruct and support students on this transformative personal and professional journey.

I primarily teach clinical courses in the graduate program, namely  Generalist Practice in a Multicultural Society, I & II ; Advanced Integrated Practice- Clinical, Concentration year Field Experience III & IV, and Mental Health and Development of Infants and Toddlers. 

I believe in incorporating a mindfulness- based practice model in my classes, emphasizing the development of self awareness in practitioners. My goal as an instructor is to not only present social work principles and methods, but also to guide you as a student in developing your own personal style of working with clients that incorporates your authentic self.  I believe that you will feel most confident and competent as a professional social worker when your natural strengths are woven into your newly developed skills of practice.      

I look forward to meeting you in class and supporting you in the development of your own unique voice as a professional social worker.



Christian Itin, MSW, Ph.D.

Christian Itin, MSW, Ph.D.
Professor


303-615-0616



citin@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
119

Office Hours:

Fall 2019

By Appointment

Campus Box Number:
70


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Bio:

I was born in Queens New York and grew up in Connecticut. I've lived in Vermont, New Hampshire, Upstate New York, and Northern California. This is my third time moving back to Colorado.

I discovered a passion for social justice as a child of the 60's. I grew up with a growing awareness of the racial, economic and environmental issues surrounding us. I began engaging in service in junior high and it has been a part of what drove me to social work. I also discovered my love of the outdoors in junior high through skiing. These early passions have been at the foundation of my career for over 30 years. I have sought to combine social work with work in outdoor adventure and wilderness contexts for much of my career. In the pursuit of combining these areas I deepened by knowledge of experiential education, group work and experiential practice. These elements make up the majority of my professional writing and presentations. I have been fortunate to travel around the world meeting amazing people and having incredible conversations about the power of work with people by engaging them in activity and group process. I truly believe (and the empirical data supports this) that a group of people engaged in activity is a powerful vehicle for change.

What attracts me to MSU Denver is the commitment of this University to the ideas of social justice and social action. The rich diversity of lived experience in our students, faculty and staff is a testament to the mission of our University. I hope to meet you and have a conversation! 



Shawna Margesson, MSW, Ph.D.

Shawna Margesson, MSW, Ph.D.
Lecturer in Social Work


303-605-5926



smargess@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
201

Office Hours:

Fall 2019

By Appointment

Campus Box Number:
70


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Amanda Marsh Baranski, DSW, LCSW

Amanda Marsh Baranski, DSW, LCSW
Interim Clinical Field Faculty


303-605-7285



amarsh29@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Number:
202

Campus Box Number:
70


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Dawn Matera Bassett, LCSW, Ph.D.

Dawn Matera Bassett, LCSW, Ph.D.
Associate Professor


303-615-0820



dmatera@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
201

Office Hours:

Fall 2019

W: 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM; 4:50 PM to 5:30 PM

Campus Box Number:
70


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Bio:

During the past 30 years Dr. Matera Bassett has worked with children, adolescents, transition-aged youth and their families who have complex behavioral health issues. Dr. Matera Bassett has worked in residential, day treatment, community-based, and sub-acute mental health settings as a Program Manager; Cultural Competence Liaison; Continuity of Care Coordinator; Family, Group & Individual Therapist, Program Specialist & Trainer, Case Manager; Family Preservation Counselor; and Youth Treatment Counselor.  Dr. Matera Bassett has been a member of several federal, state, and private grant projects. Current grant projects include:

  • Principal Investigator, HRSA Behavioral Health Workforce Education & Training for Professionals
  • Principal Investigator, HRSA Behavioral Health Workforce Education & Training for Paraprofessionals
  • Co-principal Investigator, THRIVE vicarious trauma training and consultation initiative with Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS)
  • Principal Investigator and Leadership Council, Kemp Center, Child Welfare Training System, subaward
  • Chairperson, Colorado State Resiliency Taskforce

Her grant project foci has included workforce development, vicarious trauma, children of incarcerated parents, and recruitment of foster parents with diverse identities. Dr. Matera Bassett has also been involved in grant projects from the Colorado Department of Human Services and the Daniels Fund where she has developed curricula and trained therapists, case workers, teachers, foster parents, and paraprofessionals on how to effectively work with children and adolescents and their families.  She has drafted policy white papers and legislation that have been adopted by the state of Colorado. Dr. Matera Bassett’s research interests lay in improving the efficacy of services provided to children, adolescents and families. The foci of her interest are on projects which support clinical staff development; address the impact of vicarious trauma on the workforce; build personal, familial and community assets; and explore the efficacy of interventions. Dr. Matera Bassett actively engages in dissemination of scholarship through National and International presentations and peer-reviewed journals.



Ann Obermann, MSSW, LCSW

Ann Obermann, LCSW, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor


303-615-0103



aoberma1@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
201

Office Hours:

Fall 2019

M: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

W: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Campus Box Number:
70


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Bio:

Areas of Research and/or Practice

I am passionate about preparing social workers to thrive in any work environment through igniting their passions, challenging their critical thinking, nurturing their desire to be change agents, practicing their use of evidence based practice, and seeing the leader within! 


Biography

Ann is an assistant professor at Metropolitan State University in the Department of Social Work. She received her Masters of Science in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College. Ann also received her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver. Her research interest is in how the organizational health of human service organizations impacts employees, client outcomes, and quality of services. 

Ann's passion is teaching and training. She has been an affiliate instructor at MSU and University of Denver for a combination of 7 years. Her classes have included: Direct Practice, Family Therapy, Mental Health Assessment, Trauma Interventions, Trauma, and Child Maltreatment. She enjoys training child welfare and mental health professionals on many topics including trauma, adolescent development, leadership and supervision, and family engagement. 

Ann has lived and worked in the Denver area for the past 20 years. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Colorado with extensive social work practice experience working in human service management, community mental health, and with at risk families and adolescents in both child welfare and mental health settings. Ann loves everything outdoors and enjoys playing the fiddle.



 Jessica Ritter, MSSW, Ph.D.

Jessica Ritter, MSSW, Ph.D.
Professor


303-605-5929



jritter9@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
201

Office Hours:

Fall 2019

W: 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM; 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Th: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Campus Box Number:
70


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Areas of Research and/or Practice

Dr. Ritter's professional social work experience has focused on child welfare, child well-being, and children's rights. In her research she has studied the political participation of social workers in the U.S. She is the author of two books: 101 Careers in Social Work and Social Work Policy Practice: Changing our Community, Nation, and the World.


Biography

Jessica Ritter is a Full Professor of Social Work in the Department of Social Work at MSU Denver. Dr. Ritter grew up in Texas, but since receiving her PhD she has been a faculty member at George Mason University in the DC area and at Pacific University located just outside of Portland, Oregon. At Pacific University she served as the BSW Program Director and Associate Dean of Social Sciences. Dr. Ritter began her social work career in child protection due to her strong desire for working with children and families served by the child welfare system. Her career as a social worker and social work academic has been dedicated to child welfare and children’s rights as well as political advocacy focused on social and economic justice issues.

Professor Ritter earned her BSW, MSSW, and PhD in social work at the University of Texas at Austin. She teaches a variety of courses including Generalist Practice, Child Maltreatment, Research Methods, and Social Welfare Policy. She has a special passion for teaching policy with the goal of getting social work students excited about social policy, demystifying the political process, increasing students’ levels of political efficacy, and inspiring them to be engaged politically. Dr. Ritter is a Fulbright scholar and is the author of two books—101 Careers in Social Work and Social Work Policy Practice: Changing our Community, Nation, and the World. Being a social work educator is one of the great joys of her life!



Adjoa Robinson, MSW, Ph.D.

Adjoa Robinson, MSW, Ph.D.
Lecturer in Social Work


303-615-1068



arobin56@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
201

Office Hours:

Fall 2019

M: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

T: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Or By Appointment

Campus Box Number:
70


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Bio:

Dr. Robinson has over 10 years of experience in research and teaching. Dr. Robinson has taught research, evaluation, human behavior, organizational behavior, social welfare policy and field education. 

Dr. Robinson is passionate about community engagement through community-based participatory approaches to research. Most recently, Dr. Robinson worked with family caregivers of older African American adults to develop a peer-to-peer supportive intervention.



LaTra Tracy Rogers, MSW, Ph.D.

LaTra Tracy Rogers, MSW, Ph.D.
Associate Professor


303-615-1074



rogerstr@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
201

Office Hours:

Fall 2019

M: 10:00 AM to 10:50 AM

W: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Or By Appointment

Campus Box Number:
70


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Bio:

Areas of Research and/or Practice

Dr. LaTra's areas of interest and practice as a social work professional have included: juvenile and adult court ordered offenders, hostile and angry clients, female and juvenile sex offenders, incarcerated at-risk minority youth, overrepresentation of minorities in truancy and delinquency, mental health, invisible disabilities, strategies for resolving relationship disharmony, bisexuality issues, grassroots community organizations, and political advocacy work. 


Biography

Dr. LaTra Tracy Rogers, MSW, Ph.D. had been an affiliate faculty member at MSU Denver since the Fall of 2002 prior to beginning his doctoral program in the Fall of 2004. 

As a 1997 Criminal Justice and Criminology Alumni of Metropolitan State College of Denver (Now known as Metropolitan State University of Denver) Dr. LaTra is very committed to the University and its mission; first as a student, and now as a tenure track faculty member. Dr. LaTra started his teaching career as an Adjunct Faculty member (Now known as Affiliate Faculty) in the Social Work Department in the Fall of 2002. In the Fall of 2006, Dr. LaTra was recruited into the Faculty Recruitment Incentive Program (FRIP). The FRIP Program provided Dr. LaTra with reassigned time (3 credit hours each semester), financial support to be used towards dissertation expenses, and assured him a tenure-track line position when he finished his degree and upon his successful defense. In the Fall of 2008 Dr. LaTra transitioned into a tenure track position. In April of 2014 Dr. LaTra received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor of Social Work.



Eileen Starr, Ph.D., LCSW

Eileen Starr, MSW, LCSW, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor


303-615-0326



estarr3@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
201

Office Hours:

Fall 2019

T: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Or By Appointment

Campus Box Number:
70


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Bio:

Area of Research and/or Practice

Religious and Cultural Tolerance in Northern Irish Participants; Impact of the Ulster Project Delaware (Cross-community Programs); Community and Sectarian Violence, especially with children and adolescents


Biography

Eileen Starr was born and raised in Newark, Delaware and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Delaware; Maryland; Colorado). She received her PhD and Master’s Degree in clinical social work from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania, and did her dissertation research in Northern Ireland. While in Northern Ireland, Eileen also facilitated seminars dealing with challenging families and children/adolescents in the Social Work Department at Queen’s University, Belfast, NI.

Eileen has been a community social work practitioner most of her career at Upper Bay Counseling and Support Services Inc. (UBCSS), a private, non-profit agency in Cecil and Harford Counties in Maryland. At UBCSS, Eileen developed and was the supervisor of the School Based Mental Health Program (SBMH). She continues her private practice through tele-psychiatry with Mid-Atlantic Behavioral Health (Delaware) on a part-time basis. Eileen has been an adjunct professor since 2000 teaching undergraduate and graduate social work classes at Widener University, Chester, Pa, Salisbury University, Md. and the University of Delaware in the sociology and criminal justice departments.

Eileen is behavioral in her teaching style and clinical work, describing her style as "very interactive in partnership with her students, clients & families to help them meet their goals established in the classroom and in the therapeutic process."  She believes a reciprocal therapeutic relationship cultivates the best possible outcomes in her students as well as her clients.

In her “off time,” Eileen enjoys outdoor recreation and has coached and officiated girls’ basketball at the Middle and High School levels, taking her High School teams as an assistant and head coach to regional and state championship games. She is hoping to coach again in the Denver area. 



Ann Sullivan, MSW

Ann Sullivan, LCSW, Ph.D.
Clinical Field Faculty


303-605-5928



asulli29@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
202

Office Hours:

Fall 2019

Campus Box Number:
70


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Kate Trujillo, LCSW, Ph.D.

Kate Trujillo, LCSW, Ph.D.
Associate Professor


303-615-1255



ktruji21@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
CN

Office Number:
201

Office Hours:

Fall 2019

Th: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Or By Appointment

Campus Box Number:
70


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Areas of Research

My career in social work is dedicated to child welfare with a focus on healing trauma, attachment, and permanency.


Biography

I am a full-time member of the faculty at MSU Denver, Department of Social Work. I have been practicing social work with a focus on child welfare since 1999. I earned a Master’s Degree (2001) and a PhD (2010) in Social Work, both from the University of Denver. My focus has been permanency and adoption. I have held a number of positions: caseworker, clinician, supervisor, research assistant, grant administrator for a Children’s Bureau federal demonstration project, and non-profit executive. 

My research is focused on children from vulnerable populations who have been displaced, disrupted, abused or who have otherwise experienced trauma. Framed by critical realism, my research relies heavily on recognizing the importance of embodiment and engagement as foundations for human relationships. My orienting research question has been to investigate how vulnerable children approach their performance of everyday life and orient themselves toward their possible futures. 

In November, 2015, I traveled with Dr. Jo Bailey and Dr. Dawn Matera Basset to Arad, Romania for a conference focused on developing the workforce in Romania to help with children who are in need of care. It was amazing to me to see the similarities and differences in our struggles to create healthy beginnings for children who, for whatever reason and through no fault of their own, find themselves in orphanages, group homes, or foster homes. The challenges of our filed are indeed intense. 

I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to be a part of your learning and professional development. I know you will change the world! 



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