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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

Faculty

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.
  • Martha Raske
    Martha Raske
    Professor, Director & Chair.
    Senior Hall 208 (Office: SNR 116)
    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.
  • Bipasha Biswas
    Bipasha Biswas
    Associate Professor
    Senior Hall 208 (Office: SNR 332)
    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 208 (Office: SNR 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
    Senior Hall 208 (Office: SNR 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 Program Director
    Senior Hall 208 (Office: SNR 316)
    Phone: 509.359.2294
    Fax: 509.359.4568

    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, Eastern Washington Center, 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 208 (Office: SNR 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
    Director of the Addiction Studies (ADST) Program/Senior Lecturer
    Phase 1, #239 (Mail Stop: RPT 239)
    Phone: 509.828.1437
    Fax: 509.255.7252
    MSW Eastern Washington University, MA Adult Education. Scholarly interests include addiction studies and online learning.
  • Thomas Crofoot
    Thomas Crofoot
    Professor
    EWU: Senior Hall 318 | Clark College: BHL 127
    Phone: EWU: 509.359.4586

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

  • Beth Halaas
    Beth Halaas
    Assistant Professor
    Senior Hall 208 (Office: SNR 328)
    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 208 (Office: SNR 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.

  • Rie Kobayashi
    Rie Kobayashi
    Associate Professor
    Phase I, Room 218; 668 North Riverpoint Blvd., Spokane (Mail Stop: RPT 239)
    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.

  • Hayley Lake
    Hayley Lake
    Addiction Studies (ADST) Senior Lecturer
    Senior Hall 208 (Office: SNR 324)
    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 208 (Office: SNR 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
    Director of Disability Studies (DSST)/Professor
    Senior Hall 208 (Office: SNR 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 (Mail Stop: RPT 239)
    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
    Director of Field Education and Training/Senior Lecturer
    Senior Hall 208 (Office: SNR 112)
    Phone: 509.359.6477
    Fax: 509.359.6475

    MSW University of Washington. Scholarly interests include child welfare.

  • Ryan Parrey, Ph.D.
    Ryan Parrey, Ph.D.
    Lecturer
    216 Senior Hall
    Phone: 509.359.6487
    Fax: 509.359.4568

    Disability, disability experience, life writing, ethics, gender, phenomenology. 

  • Amanda Reedy
    Amanda Reedy
    Assistant Professor
    Senior Hall 208 (Office: SNR 312)
    Phone: 509.359.6486
    Fax: 509.359.4568

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

  • Bob Rich
    Bob Rich
    Faculty Emeritus
    Phone: 509.359.6481
  • Deborah V. Svoboda, MSW PhD
    Deborah V. Svoboda, MSW PhD
    Assistant Professor, Affiliated Faculty of Women’s and Gender Studies
    Senior Hall 208 (Office: SNR 326)
    Phone: (509)-359-6470
    Fax: (509)-359-4568

    Deb Svoboda received a MSW from Rutgers University in New Jersey and a PhD in Social Work from the University of Maryland in Baltimore. She has twenty years of experience post MSW working in domestic violence and rape crisis centers. Deb's teaching and research interests revolve around community building, feminist teaching structures, building women's leadership, organizational development, and justice seeking policy construction related to gender based violence and economic disparity. 

     

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