Noelle Ciara, DSW, LCSW, ACM-SW is a licensed clinical social worker at Penn Medicine and a part-time lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice. Dr. Ciara holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Towson University, Master of Social Work degree from Monmouth University, and Doctor of Clinical Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Ciara has dedicated the majority of her career to working in healthcare. She has worked with a variety of patient populations, but has specific clinical expertise in crisis intervention, perinatal mental health, substance use disorders, and trauma-informed practice. Dr. Ciara is also particularly passionate about program development that works toward examining and improving care for marginalized patient populations. Most recently, Dr. Ciara developed The PARTNER Model, a practice model for healthcare providers working with pregnant and postpartum women with opioid use disorders.
In addition to her commitment to healthcare social work, Dr. Ciara is incredibly enthusiastic about teaching, advising, and supervising social work students. She has had the privilege to serve the SP2 community as a teaching assistant, academic advisor, and part-time lecturer. Currently, Dr. Ciara teaches Social Work Practice and Trauma in the MSW program.