School of Social Work (323) 343-4680

Joanne Altschuler
Associate Professor of Social Work; Ph.D., USC
Contact: (323) 343-4685
E-mail: jaltsch@calstatela.edu

  • Clinical social work practice
  • Mental health issues
  • 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
  • Female body image
  • Caregiving 

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

  • Social policy
  • Aging
  • History of social welfare
  • Afro-American fathers
  • Social policy in developmental disabilities
  • Ethnic minority empowerment

Shirley Better
Emerita Professor of Social Work; D.S.W., UCLA
Contact: (323) 343-4688
E-mail: sbetter@calstatela.edu

  • Community organization
  • Social welfare
  • Community development
  • Black feminist movement
  • Institutional racism
  • Women’s issues in social welfare

Karin A. Elliott Brown
Professor, Social Work; Ph.D. University of Michigan
Contact: (323) 343-4637
E-mail: kbrown5@calstatela.edu

  • Health, wellness and social support in ethnic minority communities
  • Psychosocial correlates of interpersonal violence
  • Community-based health promotion
  • Emergency room trauma victims

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

  • Homicide, specifically female and juvenile homicide and the killing of children
  • Trauma
  • Maltreatment
  • Substance abuse
  • Somatic trainings in healing from residual effects of trauma

Roger Delgado
Professor of Social Work; Ph.D., University of Southern California
Contact: (323) 343-4683
E-mail: rdelgad@calstatela.edu

  • Multicultural social work practice
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics
  • Hispanic older adults
  • Human behavior/development throughout life cycle
  • Social work practice
  • Faculty development in gerontology

Fluent in: Spanish.


Rita Ledesma
Associate Professor of Social Work; Ph.D., UCLA
Contact: (323) 343-4677
E-mail: rledesm@calstatela.edu

  • Bicultural social work practice-American Indian and Latino
  • Child and family issues
  • Health/wellness child welfare
  • Immigration and biculturation cross-cultural issues

Fluent in: Spanish.


Victor Manalo
Assistant Professor of Social Work; Ph.D., USC
Contact: (323) 343-5743
E-mail: vmanalo@calstatela.edu

  • Religious organizations
  • Social services
  • Child welfare
  • Family support
  • History of social welfare system in United States

Siyon Rhee
Professor of Social Work; Ph.D., UCLA
Contact: (323) 343-4687
E-mail: srhee@calstatela.edu

  • Cross-cultural research with Asian immigrants in family interactions
  • Mental health
  • Violence abuse
  • Aging
  • Psychiatric disorders among Korean immigrant elders
  • Separation and divorce among Korean American families

Fluent in: Korean.


Dale Weaver
Associate Professor, Social Work; Ph.D., UCLA
Contact: (323) 343-5008
E-mail: dweaver@calstatela.edu

  • Policy and practice issues concerning welfare
  • Child welfare
  • Social services