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The Department of Social Work has a wonderful group of faculty and staff members who help students successfully adjust to college life. Their proven teaching methods, evidence-based knowledge and hands-on experience will shape you to become professional social workers. Click on each of their profiles below to learn more about their experience, publications, awards and contact information.

Department Chair

  • Dr. Sheri Boyle

    Associate Professor/Department Chair/MSW Program Director

    Dr. Boyle has been an aide to Rep. Nancy Pelosi and a clinical social worker at Children's More


  • Ann B. Bergamasco

    BSW/MSW Field Coordinator

    Ann oversees field places for students in the both the Bachelor of Social Work and Master of  More

  • Dr. Azadeh Block

    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Azadeh Masalehdan Block is a native of Western Pennsylvania; she was born in New Castle and More

  • Dr. Bernadette Jeffrey

    Associate Professor

    Dr. Jeffrey's prior assignments in teaching and research: Adjunct Faculty, Freshman Seminar More

  • Dr. Selina Matis

    Adjunct Professor

    Dr. Selina Matis, LCSW, a lifelong resident of Southwestern Pennsylvania, is a social work More

  • Dr. Gwendolyn Perry-Burney


    Dr. Perry-Burney earned her BSW and MSW at Temple University, her Ph.D. at the University of More

  • Dr. T. Thao Pham

    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Pham’s expertise is children, youth, and families, trauma, immigration, community More

  • Dr. Rosalie Smiley



  • Dr. Pamela C. Twiss


    Dr. Twiss' expertise is in research, program evaluation and community practice. She has been More

  • Dr. Carolyn Wass



  • Dr. Bonnie Young Laing

    Associate Professor/BSW Program Director

    Bonnie Young Laing holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Edinboro University of More

  • Jane Zupancic


    Zupancic is a licensed social worker with nearly 16 years of experience in the field of More