I joined the CSUN faculty in 2011 with 30+ years of professional experience in clinical practice and research, program development, teaching and training in clinical, academic, and business environments. My research interests relate to the changes in the healthcare system resulting from the Affordable Care Act---specifically, the possibilities for social work to serve as advocates in the “new” system providing more comprehensive and equitable healthcare to all communities and people. In 2012, I worked with the Council on Social Work Education and the Center for Integrated Health Services, contributing to the development and teaching of the first integrated healthcare curriculum and field placements for social workers that were piloted across 22 schools of social work nationally. I continue to work in the community to design a workforce training curriculum for mental health practitioners to enhance staff skills and confidence to incorporate physical health components into their mental health care. While at CSUN I also have served as PI on CSUN’s GLS Suicide Prevention Campus Grant to increase awareness about the stigma associated with suicide and offer suicide first-aid trainings for members of the CSUN and Northridge communities. Finally I represented CSUN as a Co-PI on a Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) grant, working with researchers from USC and UCLA to examine the impact of advocacy on healthcare outcomes in eight Los Angeles based hospital settings.
- Ph.D. 1998, University of Southern California
- M.S.W 1980, State University of New York at Albany
- B.A. 1977, Russell Sage College
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