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Faculty and Staff

Full Time Faculty


Siyon RheeSiyon Rhee, Ph.D.
Director
Phone/Ext: 4687
[email protected]

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).

Sofya BagdasaryanSofya Bagdasaryan, Ph.D., MSW
Associate Professor
Phone/Ext: 6811
[email protected]

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.


Jieru BaiJieru Bai, Ph.D., MSW
Associate Professor
Phone/Ext: 5744
[email protected]

Dr. Jieru Bai obtained her Ph.D. from Indiana University and MSW from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her major research area is acculturation. She studies any population that experiences cultural change, such as immigrants, refugees, international students, and internationally adopted children. She is especially interested in how acculturation impacts mental health. Dr. Bai is also an expert of program evaluation. She has lots of experiences in evaluating social service programs and training nonprofits to increase their capacity for program evaluation. Dr. Bai teaches research, program evaluation, human behavior and social environment, diversity, institutional oppression, and master’s thesis.

Ga-Young ChoiGa-Young. Choi, Ph.D., MSW
Professor
Phone/Ext: 4686
[email protected]

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.


Joanna DoranJoanna Doran, Ph.D., MSW
Associate Professor
Phone/Ext: 5882
[email protected]

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 HernandezMaria Y. Hernandez, Ph.D., LCSW
Assistant Professor, Bachelor's Program Director
[email protected]

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-HohnbaumAnh-Luu Huynh-Hohnbaum, Ph.D.
Professor
Phone/Ext: 5883
[email protected]

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.

James SimonJames D. Simon, Ph.D., LCSW
Assistant Professor
[email protected]

Education

Ph.D. in Social Work - University of Southern California
MSW - University of California, Los Angeles
BA in Psychology and German - California State University Northridge

 

Research Interests

Dr. Simon primarily researches CPS interventions and post-investigation outcomes among families investigated for child maltreatment and referred to home-based, post-investigation services. His other research interests include child welfare recidivism, screened out / evaluated out families, client engagement, differential response, families with complex needs, data-driven decision making, intersectionality, and matching needs and services to prevent child maltreatment.

 

Professional Specialties
Child protective services interventions
Client engagement
Micro social work practice
Family preservation
Data-driven decision making

 

Professional Websites
www.linkedin.com/in/james-david-simon-phd-lcsw-42828410
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/James_Simon7?ev=hdr_xprf
https://www.mendeley.com/profiles/james-david-simon/
https://calstatela.academia.edu/JamesSimon
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=DY9avXcAAAAJ&hl=en


Mohammd TimaziMohammad Timazi, Ph.D., MSW
Associate Professor, ASP Director
[email protected]

Dr. Timazi earned his MSW and PhD from Howard University School of Social Work and he completed the W.K. Kellogg Health Scholar fellowship program. His research focuses on studying the psychological functioning and behavioral health of urban and immigrant youth from a risk and resiliency perspective. Dr. Timazi primary research involves the utilization of Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) approach to explore the impact of acculturation on the psychological functioning and behavioral health of Muslim youth and emerging adults in the United States. In addition, using a CBPR research approach, his research focuses on the risk and resiliency among African American urban youth and emerging adults. His work experience includes early childhood education, school social work, case management, positive adolescent development, and sports and recreation.

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

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 WillisTasha Willis, EdD, MSW
Associate Professor
Phone/Ext: 4678
[email protected]

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

Evaon Wong KimEvaon Wong Kim, MSW, MPH, Ph.D.
​Professor
[email protected]
Evaon Wong-Kim, MSW, MPH, Ph.D. in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley

Dr. Wong-Kim is a professor at the School of Social Work at Cal State LA. She is a well-recognized advocate and researcher for minority and low-income breast cancer patients, especially the Asian immigrant population. Her research interest is on cancer survivorship and quality of life issues confronting Chinese immigrant breast cancer patients. She published and presented numerous papers at national and international conferences relating to breast cancer and psychosocial issues. Dr. Wong-Kim also conducted training in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul, Guam, and Hawaii on providing effective social work intervention to women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Dr. Wong-Kim is the President (volunteer) of the Asian Alliance for Health, a non-profit health education organization in San Francisco. Immediate Past President (volunteer) of Asian Pacific Islander Social Work Educators Council. She is appointed as Assessment Panel Member of the Social Workers Registration Board in Hong Kong. Dr. Wong-Kim is one of the founding board members of the Intercultural Cancer Council, a national advocacy organization for improving the cancer mortality rate of the underserved populations. Dr. Wong-Kim was the President of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate. She was the first Chair of the Asian and Pacific Islander National Advisory Council for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Dr. Wong-Kim was a member of the Minority Women’s Health Panel of Experts, Office of Women’s Health, DHHS. She also served as a board member of the American Cancer Society in Hawaii.

 

Emeriti Professors


Joanne AltschulerJoanne Altschuler, Ph.D., LCSW
Emeritus Professor
Phone/Ext: 4685
[email protected]

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.

Frederick AndersonE. Frederick Anderson, Ph.D., LCSW
Emeritus Professor, Founding Director, School of Social Work and MSW Program
Phone/Ext: 4670
[email protected]

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


PlaceholderShirley Better, DSW
Emeritus Professor
Phone/Ext: 4680
[email protected]

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

PlaceholderPhilip Carter, MSW
Emeritus Professor
Phone/Ext: 4680

 


Neil CohenNeil A. Cohen, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor
Phone/Ext: 4680
[email protected]

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.

Connie Saltz CorleyConnie Saltz Corley, Ph.D., LCSW
Emeritus Professor
Phone/Ext: 4680
[email protected]

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


Alfredo GonzalezAlfredo Gonzalez, DSW
Emeritus Professor
Phone/Ext: 4680
[email protected]

 

Dale WeaverDale Weaver, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor
Phone/Ext: 4680
[email protected]

 

 

FERP Professors


Roger DelgadoRoger Delgado, Ph.D., LCSW
Professor
Phone/Ext: 4683
[email protected]

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

Colleen FriendColleen Friend, Ph.D.
Former Interim Director, School of Social Work, Professor, Child Abuse and Family Violence Institute
Phone/Ext: 4688
[email protected]

Colleen Friend, Ph.D., LCSW, is a Full Professor and former Interim Director of the School of Social Work at Cal State LA.  Before that, she was the Director of the Child Abuse and Family Violence Institute. Her experience is in child welfare, intimate partner violence, peer aggression, multidisciplinary teams and child sexual abuse interviewing. She has directed two multidisciplinary child sexual abuse assessment centers in the Los Angeles area: The Los Angeles County Child Sexual Abuse Crisis Center and Stuart House. Dr. Friend serves on the board of the California Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (CAPSAC), which is a state chapter of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC).  She received the Outstanding Professional Award from APSAC in 2017.  She chairs the California Social Work Hall of Distinction.  Dr. Friend earned both of her Social Work degrees at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

 

Retired Professors


Pauline AgbayaniPauline Agbayani, Ph.D.
​Retired Professor
Phone/Ext: 5689
[email protected]