Faculty and Staff

Full Time Faculty

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Colleen Friend, Ph.D.
Interim Director, School of Social Work, Professor, Director, Child Abuse and Family Violence Institute
Phone/Ext:
4696
Joanne Altschuler
Joanne Altschuler, Ph.D., LCSW
Professor
Phone/Ext:
4685

Adult children and aging parents; clinical social work practice with individuals, couples, families, and groups; economic, social and political concerns; employment and older adults; gender issues and aging; grief and loss; HIV/AIDS and older adults; older women's issues: sexuality, caring responsibilities

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Sofya Bagdasaryan, Ph.D., MSW
Associate Professor
Phone/Ext:
6811

Dr. Bagdasaryan’s research involves social justice—whether that be related to child welfare, immigration, or structural oppression. She teaches courses on the history of social welfare policies, policy analysis, community practice, and research. In addition, she serves as an adviser for students conducting thesis or other research projects.

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Ga-Young. Choi, Ph.D., MSW
Associate Professor, Bachelor Program Director
Phone/Ext:
4686

Dr. Choi's research examines domestic violence/ intimate partner violence (IPV); secondary traumatic stress of helping professionals working with the survivors of IPV often in organizational contexts; and the wellbeing of ethnic minorities and immigrants focusing on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. She teaches research, family violence, and foundation social work courses.

Roger Delgado, Ph.D., LCSW
Roger Delgado, Ph.D., LCSW
Professor
Phone/Ext:
4683

Dr. Delgado specializes in gerontology, medical social work consultant, multicultural social work practice, psychotherapy with older adults and social work practice with groups.

Joanna Doran
Joanna Doran, Ph.D., MSW
Assistant Professor
Phone/Ext:
5882

Dr. Doran is a UC Berkeley alumna, receiving her BA from there in Psychology and Anthropology in 1998, her MSW in 2006, and in 2013 her Ph.D. She comes to us with an extensive background in both teaching and research. Her dissertation research was the first to systematically explore immigrant experience in the Individual Development Account (IDA) program, an asset-building program for the working poor. She is teaching thesis and policy courses.

Maria Y. Hernandez, Ph.D., LCSW
Maria Y. Hernandez, Ph.D., LCSW
Assistant Professor

Dr. Hernandez obtained her Ph.D. from the UC Berkeley, School of Social Welfare and an MSW degree from the University of Southern California. She participated in the USC Provost’s Program for Faculty Diversity in Informatics & Digital Knowledge. Dr. Hernandez has continuously studied mental health disparities and culturally competent treatment for underserved groups. Her current research interests include consumer health informatics, use of social media to evaluate and disseminate mental health literacy, evaluations of technological tools to enhance patient and provider communication, and analysis of health policies impacting individuals living with serious mental illness.

Anh-Luu Huynh-Hohnbaum, Ph.D.
Anh-Luu Huynh-Hohnbaum, Ph.D.
Professor
Phone/Ext:
5883

Dr. Huynh-Hohnbaum’s research focuses on juvenile delinquency, parental incarceration, multiracial families and cross-cultural competency. She teaches in the research sequence as well as supervises master’s thesis and projects.

Siyon Rhee, Ph.D.
Siyon Rhee, Ph.D.
Professor
Phone/Ext:
4687

Dr. Rhee obtained her Ph.D. and MSW from the UCLA, School of Social Welfare.  Her research examines how systems-ecological factors including race/ethnicity, immigration, intergenerational disparities and multi-cultural practices influence health, mental health and families in the Asian American community.  She teaches courses in the graduate and undergraduate research sequence and supervises master’s thesis and projects.  Dr. Rhee is currently serving as the Coordinator of the one-year MSW Advanced Standing Program (ASP).

Cindy C. Sangalang, Ph.D., MSW
Cindy C. Sangalang, PhD., MSW
Assistant Professor
Phone/Ext:
5880

Dr. Sangalang's research examines how factors tied to race, ethnicity, gender, migration, and culture intersect to influence health and well-being for individuals within immigrant and refugee communities. She teaches courses on human behavior theory and development over the lifespan.

Valentine Villa, Ph.D.
Valentine Villa, Ph.D.
Professor of School of Social Work, Director of Applied Gerontology Institute
Phone/Ext:
4724

Dr. Villa is a professor of social work and director of the Applied Gerontology Institute at Cal State LA. She specializes in minority aging, health disparities, public policy and aging.

Tasha Willis, EdD, MSW
Tasha Willis, EdD, MSW
Assistant Professor
Phone/Ext:
4678

INTRODUCTION
Dr. Tasha Willis is an Assistant Professor with the School of Social Work at Cal State LA. Prior to this role, she served as a Field Faculty member for our school, in several educational equity positions in K-14, and with human relations organizations focused on disrupting systems of oppression.  Her research explores identity, inclusion and equity for marginalized groups related to campus climate both abroad and at home.  She earned a doctorate in higher educational leadership from Cal State Long Beach, her master’s in social service administration at the University of Chicago and her bachelor’s degree in international studies at Kenyon College. 

TEACHING INTERESTS
Dr. Willis teaches courses in our Diversity sequence for both the undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as thesis at the graduate level.  She explores cultural humility and critical consciousness with students as they prepare to confront complex, interlocking forms of social oppression on local, national and global levels. 

RESEARCH
Grounded in 15 years working in educational equity programs with diverse K-18 scholars around the U.S., Dr. Willis’ research examines the experiences and outcomes of students of color, social work students, 1st generation college students, and other underrepresented students in education abroad and at an Hispanic Serving Institution. Her current agenda includes issues related to campus climate at Minority Serving Institutions in the US and in Colombia.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
Ed.D., Higher Educational Leadership, California State University, Long Beach

A.M., (M.S.W. Equivalency), University of Chicago

B.A., International Studies (Africa: Sociology & Anthropology), Kenyon College 

Emeriti Professors

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E. Frederick Anderson, Ph.D., LCSW
Emeritus Professor, Founding Director, School of Social Work and MSW Program
Phone/Ext:
4670

Administration/analysis of complex organizations; African American father issues; aging; child welfare; developmental disabilities, forensic mental health; social policy and critique of policy/practice

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Shirley Better, DSW
Emeritus Professor
Phone/Ext:
4680

Analysis of social welfare policy; community organization; institutional racism; social work in minority communities; women's issues

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Philip Carter, MSW
Emeritus Professor
Phone/Ext:
4680
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Neil A. Cohen, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor
Phone/Ext:
4680

After I retired in 2002 and FERPED through 2005, I have been working as an Expert Witness in the field of child welfare. I've been involved in seven law suits since 2004 involving three county child welfare agencies and plaintiffs for whom I've served as an expert witness.

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Connie Saltz Corley, Ph.D., LCSW
Emeritus Professor
Phone/Ext:
4680

Aging, caregivers, interdisciplinary teams, mind-body-spirit wellness

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Alfredo Gonzalez, DSW
Emeritus Professor
Phone/Ext:
4680
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Dale Weaver, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor
Phone/Ext:
4680

FERP Professors

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Pauline Agbayani, Ph.D.
FERP Professor
Phone/Ext:
5689