Standing Faculty

Joretha N. Bourjolly, MSW, PhD

  • Associate Professor/Clinician Educator

  • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

  • Director, MSW Program

3701 Locust Walk, Caster Building, Room D18
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214
  • office: 215.898.5524
  • fax: 215.573.2099

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

Ram Cnaan, MSW, PhD

  • Professor

  • Program Director, Program for Religion and Social Policy Research

  • Faculty Director, Goldring Reentry Initiative

3701 Locust Walk, Caster Building, Room D-20
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214
  • office: 215.898.5523
  • fax: 215.573.2099

Professor; PhD, Pittsburgh, 1981. Social work research methods; faith-based social services, social policy; volunteerism and volunteer action; prisoners’ reentry, and international social development.

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.

Dennis P. Culhane, PhD

  • Professor

  • Dana and Andrew Stone Chair in Social Policy

  • Co-Principal Investigator, Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy

  • Director of Research, National Center for Homelessness Among Veterans

3701 Locust Walk, Caster Building, C-19
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214
  • office: 215.746.3245
  • fax: 215.573.2099

Professor; PhD, Boston College, 1990. Homelessness; housing policy; policy analysis research methods.

Ezekiel Dixon-Román, PhD

  • Associate Professor

  • Chair, Data Analytics for Social Policy Certificate Program

3701 Locust Walk, Caster Building, Room D7
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214
  • office: 215.746.5489

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

Malitta Engstrom, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

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

Assistant 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.

Peter Frumkin, PhD

  • Professor

  • Mindy and Andrew Heyer Chair in Social Policy

  • Faculty Director, Center for Social Impact Strategy

  • Director, Nonprofit Leadership Program

3815 Walnut Street, Room 400
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214
  • office: 215.573.9298

Professor; PhD, University of Chicago; Philanthropy; nonprofit management; social entrepreneurship.

Antonio Garcia, MSW, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

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

  • Chair, Racism Sequence

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

Assistant 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.

Richard James Gelles, PhD

  • Joanne and Raymond Welsh Chair of Child Welfare and Family Violence

3815 Walnut Street, Room 201
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6179
  • office: 215.370.7944
  • fax: 215.573.2099

Professor; The Joanne and Raymond Welsh Chair of Child Welfare and Family Violence; PhD, New Hampshire, 1973. Child welfare; family violence; child abuse.

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

3701 Locust Walk, Caster Building
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.

Toorjo Ghose, MSW, PhD

  • Associate Professor

  • Affiliated Investigator, National Center for Homelessness Among Veterans

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

Associate Professor; PhD, UCLA, 2005. Substance abuse; HIV/AIDS in developing countries; mental health service provision; welfare policy.

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

  • Assistant 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

Assistant 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

Chao Guo, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Nonprofit Management

  • Editor-in-Chief, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly

3701 Locust Walk, Caster Building
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214
  • office: 215.898.5532
  • fax: 215.573.2099

Associate Professor; PhD, University of Southern California, 2003. Collaboration within & across sectors; new media & nonprofits; nonprofit governance; representation & advocacy; social entrepreneurship.

Femida Handy, PhD

  • Professor

  • Director, PhD in Social Welfare Program

3701 Locust Walk, Caster Building, Room D3
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214
  • office: 215.573.2660
  • fax: 215.573.2099

Professor; Ph.D.,York (Canada), 1995. Nonprofit and voluntary sector economics; volunteering and philanthropy – national and international; nonprofit management and innovation; microfinance and nongovernmnetal organizations (NGOs) in India; Social accounting for philanthropic resources; environmental values and philanthropy; ethics for social impact.

Amy Hillier, PhD

  • Director, MS in Social Policy Program

  • Associate Professor, School of Social Policy & Practice

  • Associate Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, PennDesign

3701 Locust Walk, Caster Building, Room D-5
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214
  • office: 215.898.5512
  • fax: 215.573.2099

Associate Professor; PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1991. WEB Du Bois & The Philadelphia Negro; housing; food access; outdoor advertising; youth gender identity.

Roberta Rehner Iversen, PhD, MSS

  • Associate Professor

3701 Locust Walk, Caster Building, Room D2
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214
  • office: 215.898.5529
  • fax: 215.573.2099

Associate Professor; PhD, Bryn Mawr, 1991. Low-income families and economic mobility; poverty, welfare, and workforce development policies.

John L. Jackson, Jr., PhD

  • Dean

  • Richard Perry University Professor

  • Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) Professor

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

Professor and Dean; PhD, Columbia University, 2000. Urban studies; race/racism; visual theory/practice; ethnographic methods; health and religion; globalization and cultural change.

Ioana E. Marinescu, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

  • Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research

3701 Locust Walk, Caster Building, Room D6
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214
  • office: 215.898.5528

Assistant Professor; PhD, London School of Economics, 2007. Labor market; unconditional cash transfers; universal basic income; education to work transitions.

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.

Phyllis Solomon, PhD

  • Professor

  • Associate Dean for Research

  • Senior Fellow, Center for Public Health Initiatives

  • Faculty Fellow, Ortner Center

  • 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.

Susan B. Sorenson, PhD

  • Professor of Social Policy

  • Professor of Health & Societies

  • Senior Fellow in Public Health

  • Director, The Ortner Center on Violence & Abuse in Relationships

3815 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6179
  • office: 215.573.1169
  • fax: 215.573.2791

Professor; PhD, Cincinnati, 1985. Public health; epidemiology and prevention of violence, including homicide, suicide, sexual assault, child abuse, battering, and firearms.

Mark J. Stern, PhD

  • Professor

  • Co-Director, Urban Studies Program

  • Principal Investigator, Social Impact of the Arts Project

Urban Studies Program, 130 McNeil Building
3718 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6209
  • office: 215.898.4928
  • fax: 215.573.2134

Professor; PhD, York (Canada), 1980. Social welfare policy; social history and social welfare; poverty in the United States, 1900–present.

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

  • Assistant 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

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

Irene Wong, PhD

  • Associate Professor

  • Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry (secondary appointment)

3701 Locust Walk, Caster Building, Room D14
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214
  • office: 215.898.5505
  • fax: 215.573.2099

Associate Professor; PhD, Wisconsin, 1995. Social policy; homelessness prevention and poverty research.