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New Faculty

2017 Incoming Faculty
Our new faculty members are sure to enrich learning in the classroom, deepen connections in the community and with our student body and contribute to social work research and practice within the School and beyond. 


Zachary A. Morris, Ph.D, Assistant Professor 

Areas of Interest:  Disability policy; comparative social policy; social isolation; poverty; program evaluation; management and leadership in the nonprofit and public sectors

Curriculum Vitae

sana imageSana Malik, Ph.D, Assistant Professor

Areas of Interest: Social determinants of health, international public health, health systems strengthening, health disparities among minority, immigrant, and refugee populations, health education & behavior, culturally and religiously tailored programming, maternal & child health and welfare, program design & evaluation

Curriculum Vitae 

Faculty who joined the School of Social Welfare in 2016:


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Michelle Ballan, Ph.D, Professor

Areas of Interest: prevention and treatment interventions for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families; research focused on sexuality, intimate partner violence and direct practice for individuals with disabilities; bioethics; disability studies; human rights and social justice for underserved populations 


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Melissa Bessaha, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Areas of Interest:  Adolescent and emerging adult development; educational and health equity; multicultural and immigrant issues; mental health services research; higher education policy; program development and evaluation


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Amy Hammock, Ph.D., Assistant Professor 

Areas of Interest: Intimate partner violence intervention and prevention; Community-based participatory research; Community practice with immigrant populations; Qualitative methods; Feminist theory and practice

(photo credit: Oceana Photography)


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George Leibowitz, Ph.D, Professor

Areas of Interest: Research on trauma and victimization among child welfare and juvenile justice involved youth; Addictions and public health issues in the criminal justice system; Assessment and Treatment with Sexually Abusive Youth; Global mental health