Standing 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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Jacqueline Corcoran, PhD

  • Professor

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

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.

Malitta Engstrom, PhD

  • Associate Professor

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

Associate Professor; PhD, Columbia University. Problematic 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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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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