School of Social Work (323) 343-4680

Joanne Altschuler
Associate Professor of Social Work; Ph.D., USC
Contact: (323) 343-4685

Dr. Altschuler is an expert on clinical social work practice and mental health issues with individuals, families and groups. Her clinical practice, teaching, publications and research background include the areas of clinical practice and policy issues concerning paid and unpaid work and older adults, HIV/AIDS, sexuality and older women, adult child/aging parent support groups, gender issues and aging, and female body image, and caregiving. Her honors include the 2002 Extraordinary BSW/MSW Faculty Award and the 2002 CSULA Distinguished Woman Award.

E. Frederick Anderson
Professor of Social Work; Ph.D., USC; LCSW, MFCC (CA)
Contact: (323) 343-4680

Dr. Anderson’s field of study includes social policy, aging and history of social welfare. His interests include Afro-American fathers, social policy in developmental disabilities and ethnic minority empowerment. Dr. Anderson is a member of the Prevention Commission, South Central Region Center of Developmental Disabilities and the California Social Welfare Archives Board.

Shirley Better
Emerita Professor of Social Work; D.S.W., UCLA
Contact: (323) 343-4688

Dr. Better is a specialist in community organization, social welfare, and community development. She is an expert on social work, the Black feminist movement, minority communities and role strain and life satisfaction of African-American women. Professor Better developed upper division program classes in institutional racism, which she teaches along with classes on poverty. Other courses Dr. Better teaches including specifically women’s issues in social welfare, focusing on the social issues of women of color. In 1973, Dr. Better became the first woman in the history of the City of Los Angeles to be appointed to the Board of Building and Safety Commissioners. She was elected president of the Commission in 1974. She is a founder of the National Association of Black Social Workers. Professor Better chairs the Metropolitan Region Planning Council of Los Angeles County United Way. She authored a book entitled Institutional Racism.

Karin A. Elliott Brown
Professor, Social Work; Ph.D. University of Michigan
Contact: (323) 343-4637

Professor Brown is an expert on health, wellness and social support in ethnic minority communities, and psychosocial correlates of interpersonal violence. She has published the following articles: “The Well: Community-based Health Promotion for African American Women,” “A risk profile for emergency room trauma victims” and “Psychosocial correlates of orofacial injury.”

Neil Cohen
Emeritus Professor of Social Work; Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University
Contact: (323) 343-4686

Professor Cohen is an expert on child welfare, social welfare policy, homelessness, and social work administration. He has published Child Welfare: A Multicultural Focus, 2nd ed. (Allyn Bacon, 2000).

Susan Crimmins
Professor of Social Work; Ph.D., (CUNY) John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Contact: (343) 343-5882

A criminologist and a social worker, Dr. Crimmins is an expert in homicide, specifically female and juvenile homicide and the killing of children. Dr. Crimmins also is recognized as an expert in trauma, maltreatment, and substance abuse. She conducts somatic trainings in healing from residual effects of trauma with providers in criminal justice, mental health, substance abuse and school settings—most recently with criminalists at the CSULA Forensic Science Institute. As a clinical social worker, Dr. Crimmins facilitates healing with people whose lives have been impacted by trauma and violence, as she combines complementary medicine approaches with more traditional clinical interventions. Dr. Crimmins is an expert in several modalities of naturalistic healing and is certified as an energy healing practitioner in the State of California.

Roger Delgado
Professor of Social Work; Ph.D., University of Southern California
Contact: (323) 343-4683

Dr. Delgado is an expert on multicultural social work practice, gerontology, geriatrics and Hispanic older adults. He has given many lectures and published various articles on human behavior/development throughout life cycle, social work practice with individuals, families and groups, and faculty development in gerontology.

Fluent in: Spanish.

Rita Ledesma
Associate Professor of Social Work; Ph.D., UCLA
Contact: (323) 343-4677

Professor Ledesma is an expert on bicultural social work practice-American Indian and Latino; child and family issues; health/wellness child welfare; and immigration and biculturation cross-cultural issues.

Fluent in: Spanish.

Victor Manalo
Assistant Professor of Social Work; Ph.D., USC
Contact: (323) 343-5743

Victor Manalo’s expertise is in religious organizations and social services, child welfare, family support, and the history of social welfare system in United States.

Siyon Rhee
Professor of Social Work; Ph.D., UCLA
Contact: (323) 343-4687

Professor Rhee is an expert on cross-cultural research with Asian immigrants in family interactions, mental health, violence abuse, and aging. She had presented lectures and conducted research on psychiatric disorders among Korean immigrant elders; domestic violence among Korean immigrants families; and separation and divorce among Korean American families.

Fluent in: Korean.

Dale Weaver
Associate Professor, Social Work; Ph.D., UCLA
Contact: (323) 343-5008

Professor Weaver specializes in policy and practice issues concerning welfare and child welfare.