Faculty and Staff

Full Time Faculty

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Joanne Altschuler, Ph.D., LCSW
Professor Bachelor Program Director
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
Assistant Professor
Phone/Ext:
6811

Child welfare, poverty and welfare reform, research and statistics, human behavior, institutional racism and cultural competency, social welfare history, policy analysis and program evaluation

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Ga-Young. Choi, PhD., MSW
Associate Professor
Phone/Ext:
4686

Dr. Choi's research interests are in the areas of domestic violence, secondary traumatic stress experiences of helping professionals, immigrant populations in the U.S. and in South Korea, and cultural competence and humility in social work. At Cal State L.A., she has been teaching Social Work Research Methods, Violence and Maltreatment in Intimate Relationships, and Writing and Computers in Social Work.

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

Gerontology; medical social work consultant; multicultural social work practice; psychotherapy with older adults; social work practice with groups

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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.

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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.

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Anh-Luu Huynh-Hohnbaum, Ph.D.
Professor
Phone/Ext:
5883
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Brianna P. Lemmons, Ph.D, MSW
Assistant Professor

Dr. Lemmons' research agenda includes a focus on the following: non-resident father involvement within families of color (African, Caribbean, African American,  Hispanic/Latino, Asian American); engagement of non-resident fathers in social service settings; best practices for delivering research-related content to social work students; attitudes toward research and research self-efficacy beliefs of social work students; effective research mentorship of social work students; and outcomes assessment and accreditation processes within social work education programs.

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

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

Minority Aging, Health Disparities, Public Policy and Aging

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

Dr. Willis graduated from Kenyon College in 1994 with a bachelors in International Studies with a focus on sociology/anthropology in Africa; her master’s from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (Pupil Personnel Services credential) in 1996; and her doctorate from CSU Long Beach in Education and Leadership in 2012. Her dissertation research used an intersectional lens to explore racial and gender micro-aggressions experienced by female African American community college students who studied abroad. She has worked in public education on social justice issues; with youth, communities and workplaces on human relations issues/institutional oppression; as the director of a teen pregnancy prevention collaborative, and in social work field education. Her research agenda includes international social work education, intercultural communication/intergroup dialogue, personal and professional identity development, and educational equity issues.

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