Faculty

Sarah Bachman, Dean of School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania

Sara S. Bachman, PhD

  • Dean

3701 Locust Walk, Caster Building
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214
  • office: 215.898.5512
  • fax: 215.573.2099

Dean; PhD, Brandeis, 1994. Health and social policy; social work leadership & education; health equity; financing for vulnerable populations.

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Joretha N. Bourjolly, MSW, PhD

  • Associate Professor/Clinician Educator

  • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

  • Director, MSW Program

3718 Locust Walk, McNeil Building, Room 521
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214
  • office: 215.898.5524
  • fax: 215.573.2099

Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Academic Affairs; PhD, Bryn Mawr, 1996. Management of multicultural conflict; effects of chronic illness on individuals and family members; impact of racial and economic factors on the delivery of health care.

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Jacqueline Corcoran, PhD

  • Professor

3701 Locust Walk, Caster Building, D-8
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214
  • office: 703.405.3254
  • fax: 215.573.2099

Professor; PhD, University of Texas at Austin, 1996. Mental health; clinical social work; evidence-based practice in social work; systematic reviews, meta-analysis, and meta-synthesis; strengths-based models.

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Ezekiel Dixon-Román, PhD

  • Associate Professor

  • Director, MS in Social Policy Program

  • Chair, Data Analytics for Social Policy Certificate Program

3718 Locust Walk, McNeil Building, Room 512
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214
  • office: 215.898.5512
  • fax: 215.573.2099

Associate Professor; PhD, Fordham University. Cultural studies of quantification; philosophy of science; cultural studies of education; critical policy studies; critical theories of “difference.”

Malitta Engstrom, PhD, LCSW

  • Associate Professor

  • Faculty Fellow, Ortner Center on Violence & Abuse

  • Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute

  • Fellow, Gerontological Society of America

3701 Locust Walk, Caster Building, D-16
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214
  • office: 215.573.6454
  • fax: 215.573.2099

Associate Professor; PhD, Columbia University. Substance use and intersections with criminal justice system involvement, victimization, HIV, and mental health, particularly in relation to women across the life course and families; informing, developing, and testing interventions to address co-occurring concerns; enhancing the value of scientific findings for use in practice; multigenerational social work practice with families.

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Antonio Garcia, MSW, PhD

  • Associate Professor

  • Co-Director, Child Well-Being & Child Welfare (CW2) Specialization

  • Faculty Director, The Field Center for Children's Policy, Practice, & Research

3701 Locust Walk, Caster Building, D-15
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214
  • office: 215.898.1592
  • fax: 215.573.2099

Associate Professor; PhD, University of Washington. Child welfare and services research; Latino youth and families; measurement and contextualization of racial/ethnic disparities; development and implementation of culturally congruent, evidence-based mental health services in child-serving systems of care.

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Zvi D. Gellis, PhD

  • Professor

  • Director, Center for Mental Health & Aging Research

  • Director, Cohen Veterans Network MSW Scholars Program

  • Director, Ann Nolan Reese Endowed Penn Aging Certificate Program

3718 Locust Walk, McNeil Building, Room 506
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214
  • office: 215.746.5487
  • fax: 215.573.2099

Professor; PhD, University of Toronto, 1999. Gerontology; Geriatrics; Evidence-Based Depression & Anxiety Interventions; Integrated Health & Mental Health Care; Telehealth interventions; Randomized Trials.

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Johanna K.P. Greeson, PhD, MSS, MLSP

  • Associate Professor

  • Founding Co-Director, Child Well-Being & Child Welfare Specialization (CW2)

  • Faculty Director, The Field Center for Children's Policy, Practice & Research

3701 Locust Walk, Caster Building, D-19
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214
  • office: 215.898.7540
  • fax: 215.573.2099

Associate Professor; PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009. The transition to adulthood among youth who age out of foster care; natural mentoring and other supportive adult relationships for youth who age out of foster care; child traumatic stress; applied community-based intervention research and translation of research to practice; resiliency, risk and protective factors; neurobiological mechanisms of resiliency-focused interventions; life course theory; domestic minor sex trafficking

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Jennifer Prah Ruger, PhD

  • Amartya Sen Professor of Health Equity, Economics, and Policy

  • Faculty Chair at the Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP)

  • Director, Health Equity and Policy Lab (HEPL)

3701 Locust Walk, Caster Building, D-4
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214
  • office: 215.746.1330
  • fax: 215.573.2099

Professor; PhD, Harvard, 1998. Health and social policy; health equity and policy; global health justice and government; health and social justice; health financing; economic evaluation; political economy of health; cost analyses.

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Anastasia Shown, MSW

  • Lecturer, MSW Program

“While I was a student in the MSW program, I crafted my educational experience around international social work. I took courses with a global focus, interned at organizations working with immigrants and refugees or working on international policy and advocacy, and participated in the vast variety of global activities at Penn and in Philadelphia.”

Dr. Kenwyn Smith

Kenwyn Smith, PhD

  • Professor

3701 Locust Walk, Caster Building, Room C17
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214
  • office: 215.898.1238
  • fax: 215.573.2099

Professor; PhD, Yale, 1974. Group and intergroup relations; organizational change; organizational politics; conflict management; impact of organizational dynamics on the health of employees.

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Phyllis Solomon, PhD

  • Professor

  • Associate Dean for Research

  • Senior Fellow, Center for Public Health Initiatives

  • Faculty Fellow, Ortner Center

  • Faculty Fellow, The Center for High Impact Philanthropy

  • Kenneth L. Pray Chair in Social Policy & Practice

3701 Locust Walk, Caster Building, Room C13
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214
  • office: 215.898.5533
  • fax: 215.573.2099

Professor; PhD, Case Western Reserve, 1978. Social work research methods; mental health policy and service delivery systems; severely mentally disabled persons and their families.

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Allison Werner-Lin, PhD, AM, EdM, LCSW

  • Associate Professor

  • Adjunct Investigator, National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Epidemiology And Genetics

  • Director, Social Work in Health Care Specialization

  • Chair, Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice

3701 Locust Walk, Caster Building, Room C16
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214

Associate Professor; PhD, University of Chicago, 2006. Psychosocial oncology; genetics and genomics; assisted reproductive technology; bioethics; emerging adulthood; medical family therapy; qualitative health research.

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