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Diane Somerday, Coordinator of Student Services
208 Senior Hall Office 123
Cheney, WA 99004
phone: 509.359.6482
fax: 509-359-6475


Below, you will find a listing of faculty for the school of Social Work. If you are unsure of whom to contact with your questions, please call the main office at 509.359.6482.
  • Bipasha Biswas
    Bipasha Biswas
    Associate Professor
    332 Senior Hall
    Phone: 509.359.7339
    Fax: 509.359.4568

    MSW Bombay University, PhD Washington University. Scholarly interests include epidemiology and etiology of risky sexual behaviors, HIV/AIDS prevention, and international social work.

  • Sharon Bowland
    Sharon Bowland
    Associate Professor/MSW Director/Aging Studies Director
    Senior Hall, 229
    Phone: 509.359.4584
    Fax: 509.359.4568

    Licensed Clinical Social Worker, PhD from Washington University in St. Louis, MSW from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Master's in Pastoral Studies (MPS) from Loyola University, Chicago. Her scholarly and research interests include behavioral health practice, trauma-informed interventions, aging, and spirituality. Sharon is a John A. Hartford Faculty Scholar in Social Work. In 2012 she was awarded a research grant to study the needs and concerns of older African-American women survivors of child abuse, sexual assault, and domestic violence over the life course.

  • Lu Brown
    Lu Brown
    Senior Lecturer, Associate Director of Field
    Senior Hall 114
    Phone: 509.359.6425
    Fax: 509.359.6475

    Senior Lecturer, Associate Director of Field Education. MSW Eastern Washington University. Scholarly interests include policy advocacy and social justice.

  • Ed Byrnes, PhD
    Ed Byrnes, PhD
    Professor/BASW Director
    Senior Hall 316
    Phone: 509.359.2294
    Fax: 509.359.4568

    Associate Professor, BASW Program Director. MSW and PhD University of Utah. Scholarly interests include juvenile and criminal justice, social justice, and program evaluation.

  • Stacey Chay
    Stacey Chay
    Lecturer, Director of the MSW Hybrid Program
    668 N. Riverpoint Blvd, Phase One, Room 221
    Phone: 509.828.1406

    Stacey Chay joined the EWU School of Social Work in Fall 2011 as a Faculty Field Instructor. She is now the Program Director for the Part-time MSW Hybrid program. She received her MSW from the Eastern Washington University. Her practice interests include: behavioral health and addictions, international social work, suicide assessment, management and treatment, law and ethics and policy.

  • Mary Ann Clute, PhD
    Mary Ann Clute, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Senior Hall 330
    Phone: 509.359.2377
    Fax: 509.359.4568

    Associate Professor. MSW Eastern Washington University, PhD Mandel School of Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. Scholarly interests include hospice care and grief and loss.

  • Grace Creasman
    Grace Creasman
    Senior Lecturer, Director of the Addiction Studies Program.
    ROB 425
    Phone: (509)-359-2356
    Fax: (509_255-7252
    MSW Eastern Washington University, MA Adult Education. Scholarly interests include addiction studies and online learning.
  • Thomas Crofoot
    Thomas Crofoot
    Associate Professor
    EWU: Senior Hall 318 | Clark College: BHL 127
    Phone: EWU: 509.359.4586

    Associate Professor. MSW Portland State University, PhD University of Washington. Scholarly interests include mental health and substance abuse, American Indian and Alaskan Native children and families.

  • Halaas, Beth
    Halaas, Beth
    Assistant Professor
    328 Senior Hall
    Phone: 509.359.6480
    Fax: 509.359.4568

    MSW UCLA, EdD Cal State University, Northridge.  Scholarly interests include gatekeeping and suitability in social work higher education, implementation science/translational research and organizational leadership in practice settings.

  • Timothy Hilton, PhD
    Timothy Hilton, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Senior Hall 214
    Phone: 509.359.6832
    Fax: 509.359.4568

    MSW and PhD University of Chicago.  Research interests include: homelessness and poverty, employment and low-wage work, and organizational theory.

  • Jodi Kerbs
    Jodi Kerbs
    Lecturer, Vancouver Part-time MSW & BASE Program Director.
    EWU at Clark College
    Phone: 360.992.2082
    MSW and PhD Portland State University. Scholarly interests include juvenile justice, children and family services, mental health and disabilities.
  • Rie Kobayashi
    Rie Kobayashi
    Associate Professor
    Phase I, Room 218; 668 North Riverpoint Blvd., Spokane
    Phone: 509.828.1335
    Fax: 509.359.4568

    MSW and PhD Michigan State University. Scholarly interests include interdisciplinary collaborations and social work in healthcare settings.

  • Haley Lake
    Haley Lake
    Senior Lecturer, Addiction Studies.
    324 SNR
    Phone: 509.359.6914
    Fax: 509.359.4568
    BS and MS Eastern Washington University.  Scholarly interests include coexisting behavioral & mental health disorders and addictions. She holds a Certificate in online course development from the University of Wisconsin.
  • Vernon Loke
    Vernon Loke
    Associate Professor
    Senior Hall 322
    Phone: 509.359.4564
    Fax: 509.359.4568
    M Soc Sci (Social Work) National University of Singapore, PhD George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University. Scholarly interests include asset building and economic empowerment of disadvantaged populations, and program evaluation.
  • Romel Mackelprang
    Romel Mackelprang
    Professor, Director of Disability Studies
    Senior Hall 233
    Phone: 509.359.6484
    Fax: 509.359.6475

    MSW and DSW University of Utah. Scholarly interests include disability studies and international social work.

  • Cynthia Nover, PhD, LCSW
    Cynthia Nover, PhD, LCSW
    Assistant Professor
    Phase I, Room 217; 668 North Riverpoint Blvd., Spokane
    Phone: 509.828.1209
    Fax: 509.359.6475

    Nover, Cynthia, Assistant Professor. MSW, California State University, Sacramento, PhD, University of Utah. Scholarly interests include: health care, health disparities, chronic illness and behavioral health.


  • Lisa Parise
    Lisa Parise
    Senior Lecturer, Director of Field Education and Training
    Senior Hall 112
    Phone: 509.359.6477
    Fax: 509.359.6475

    MSW University of Washington. Scholarly interests include child welfare.

  • Diana Patterson
    Diana Patterson
    Director of Child Welfare Training and Advancement Program (CWTAP)
    EWU-CWTAP 2000 Tower St. M/S 45 | Everett, WA 98201
    Phone: 425.405.1624

    MSW University of Washington. Scholarly interests include child welfare and intimate partner violence.

  • Martha Raske
    Martha Raske
    Professor, Director & Chair.
    210 Senior Hall
    Phone: (509)-359-4567
    Fax: (509)-359-4568
    MSW and PhD University of Illinois at Chicago. Scholarly interests include social welfare and mental health policy, consumer perspective of social work services, and leadership.
  • Amanda Reedy
    Amanda Reedy
    Assistant Professor
    Senior Hall 324
    Phone: 509.359.6486
    Fax: 509.359.6475

    MSW and PhD The University of Iowa. Scholarly interests include co-existing disorders and veterans and their families.

  • Deborah Svoboda
    Deborah Svoboda
    Assistant Professor
    326 SNR
    Phone: (509)-359-6470
    Fax: (509)-359-4568
    MSW Rutgers University, PhD University of Maryland. Scholarly interests include domestic violence and organizations with a social justice focus.
  • Chris Williams
    Chris Williams
    Lecturer & Everett MSW Director
    Gray Wolf Hall 206 - Everett
    Phone: 425) 405-1629
    Fax: 425) 405-1601

    Lecturer. MSW Eastern Washington University. Scholarly interests focus on child welfare and child safety in state regulated care.

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