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My initial professional interest had everything to do with horses and nothing to do with social work. When I realized my calling was to help others, it was a conversation with a social work professor that guided me to my major. I was hooked after my first class and have been committed to the profession ever since. I earned my BSW from Bridgewater State University and my MSW from New Mexico Highlands University. I have worked with children with special health care needs and individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities providing direct services and program oversight. I have also worked in a clinical capacity with children, families and adults as well as performed guardianship determinations to assess if adults were capable of making major life decisions. I returned to school for my Ph.D. at University at Albany to pursue my current passion, being a social work educator.

Degree Program University
Ph.D. Social Welfare University at Albany
M.S.W. Social Work New Mexico Highlands University
B.S. Social Work Bridgewater State University
A.A.S. Stable and Farm Management Cazenovia College

My Siena Experience

My Teaching Philosophy

I want to make learning fun and interactive. To that end I try to make learning active through discussions, activities and role plays. Learning is more than memorizing content, it is about doing something with the knowledge. I also want coursework to be timely and relevant and strive to continually revise content and assignments while making links to real world application.

What I Love About Siena

My dream job was to work at a liberal arts college where teaching and building relationships with students was valued. I am happy to report I found that college. I love that I can teach future social works, include students on research projects, provide academic and professional advising, and stay connected to alum as they journey through life after Siena.

My Favorite Courses to Teach

I often tell students that social work is a chameleon profession, once you learn the foundation skills you can apply them to any problem or population. I take this to heart with my teaching and enjoy the challenge of applying my social work knowledge and teaching skills to what ever courses I find myself. Regardless of the class I make sure to infuse content on self-care to help students think about ways they can stay happy and healthy now and throughout their personal and professional lives.

My Professional Experience

Year Title University
2019 - Now Associate Professor of Social Work Siena College
2017 - 2019 Assistant Professor of Social Work Siena College
2014 - 2017 Visiting Assistant Professor of Social Work Siena College
2011 - 2013 Assistant Director and Coordinator of Undergraduate Field Education University at Albany
2005 - 2008 Assistant Program Director Kennedy Donovan Center
2004 - 2008 Fee-For-Service Outreach Clinician Pare and Associates
2001 - 2005 Program Coordinator for Family Based Residential Services Kennedy Donovan Center
2000 - 2001 Program Planner Children's Medical Services

Articles & Book Reviews

  • Self-preservation in the workplace: The importance of social worker well-being as practitioners and field supervisors
    Social Work
    2019
  • Mrs. Doubtfire mentoring program - Helping children in residential care transition to bedtime
    Residential Treatment for Children and Youth, vol. 34
    2017
  • Field manuals: A road map to student learning?
    Field Educator, vol. 6
    2016
  • Applied Integral Methodological Pluralism: Designing Comprehensive Social Services Program Evaluation
    Journal of Integral Theory & Practice
    2015
  • The devil is in the details: A content analysis of field manuals
    Field Educator, vol. 5
    2015
  • Status Offenders and Delinquent Youth: Actual or Artificial Taxonomy
    Child Welfare, vol. 93
    2014
  • Social Work in the Engaged University
    Journal of Social Work Education, vol. 49
    2013
  • A baseline examination of record keeping policies and procedures in preparation for evidence based practice
    Administration in Social Work, vol. 36
    2012

Awards & Distinctions

  • Summer research project in partnership with Northern Rivers to document the evolution of their Camp to Belong NY summer camp for siblings in foster care. Funds paid to hire student to collaborate on the research project by conducting interviews, having an ethnographic experience at camp, transcribing interviews and analyzing data.

    Category: Research
    CURCA - Siena Summer Scholars Program, 2017
  • Funds to hire undergraduate student to assist with data entry, analysis and write up for the Mrs. Doubtfire program evaluation.

    Category: Research
    CURCA - Siena Summer Scholars Program, 2015

Presentations

  • Yarning for Change
    June, 2020
    International Association for Social Work with Groups, New York, New York
  • 9th Annual Emerging Leaders Forum: Journey Towards Tenure and Promotion Beyon 2020
    March, 2020
    Baccalaureate Program Directors (BPD), Birmingham, Alabama
  • Protecting others from ourselves: The importance of self-care in social work education
    March, 2020
    Baccalaureate Program Directors (BPD), Birmingham, Alabama
  • Protecting others from ourselves: The importance of self-care in social work education
    November, 2019
    New York State Social Work Education Annual Conference, Saratoga Springs, New York
  • 8th Annual Emerging Leaders Forum: Journey Towards Tenure and Promotion
    March, 2019
    Baccalaureate Program Directors (BPD), Jacksonville, Florida
  • A content analysis of activism in BSW syllabi
    October, 2018
    New York State Social Work Education Association Annual Conference, Saratoga Springs, New York
  • 7th Annual Emerging Leaders Forum: Journey Towards Tenure and Promotion
    March, 2018
    Baccalaureate Program Directors (BPD), Atlanta, Georgia
  • Fighting social injustice through a summer camp experience
    October, 2017
    New York State Social Work Education Association Annual Conference, Saratoga Springs, New York
  • Speed networking for emerging, veteran, and future social work educators: Finding your professional match
    October, 2017
    New York State Social Work Education Association Annual Conference, Saratoga Springs, New York
  • Safety - Making safety an ongoing conversation in field education
    March, 2017
    Baccalaureate Program Directors (BPD), New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Discussion on needs and pathways to success for early career social work educators
    October, 2016
    New York State Social Work Education Association Annual Conference, Saratoga Springs, New York
  • Mrs. Doubtfire mentoring project: Serving the client by engaging the community
    April, 2016
    Baccalaureate Program Directors (BPD), Dallas, Texas
  • Mrs. Doubtfire Mentoring Project - Serving the Client by Engaging the Community
    December, 2015
    CMHNY/OMH Annual Staff Development Training Forum, Saratoga Springs, New York
  • Mrs. Doubtfire Mentoring Project - Serving the Client by Engaging the Community
    October, 2015
    New York State Social Work Education Association Annual Conference, Saratoga Springs, New York
  • Mrs. Doubtfire Community Research Project - a case example of community engaged scholarship and research
    May, 2015
    Conference for Community Engagement and Scholarship Siena College, Loudonville, New York
  • Transparency of field education manuals: A content analysis.
    2015
    Baccalaureate Program Directors (BPD), Kansas City, Missouri
  • Transparency of field education manuals: A content analysis.
    2014
    New York State Social Work Education Association Annual Conference, Saratoga Springs, New York