School Social Work
Practice, Policy, and Research
Michael S. Kelly, Carol Rippey Massat, and Robert Constable
Michael S. Kelly (MSW, PhD, University of Illinois-Chicago) is associate professor of social work at Loyola University Chicago. He is the associate editor of both Advances in School Mental health Promotion Journal and the International Journal of School Social Work.
Carol Rippey Massat (MSW, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) is professor and director of the social work program at the Indiana University, School of Social Work. She served as editor of School Social Work Journal for ten years and is the author of numerous social work publications.
Robert Constable (MSW, Loyola University, DSW, University of Pennsylvania) is professor emeritus of social work at Loyola University Chicago. He was lead editor and author on the first edition of this textbook, marking the first ever comprehensive introduction and guide to school social work. He is author of more than 100 publications in social work.
Annahita Ball is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at University at Buffalo, SUNY. She is an educational justice scholar with specific expertise in student support services, family empowerment in schools, and social emotional learning. Her current research project examines the use of intergroup dialogue and transformative social emotional learning among adolescents.
Samantha Bates is an Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University and licensed social worker with over six years of experience working with socially vulnerable youth in various social settings, including schools, communities, after-school programs and sport. Her research aims to understand the protective assets and mechanisms that maximize the opportunities youth in schools, neighborhoods, and communities have to develop into healthy young adults.
Hank Bohanon is a professor at Loyola University of Chicago. The focus of his research is on schoolwide interventions and school improvement efforts in secondary schools. He is the co-author of the book Implementing Systematic Interventions: A Guide for Secondary SchoolsÂby Routledge Publishing.
Andrew Brake is an Associate Professor in the Social Work Department at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. He has over twenty years of experience working with youth agencies and public high schools. His research, teaching and community work aims to enhance the trust-building practices of educators in schools and to develop school social workers' leadership skills for advancing polices, practices and partnerships rooted in justice, equity and care for youth.
Gordon Capp is an assistant professor in the Department of Social Work at California State University, Fullerton. His research focuses on schools as key influences in the social ecology of youth and how to maximize school climate as a protective influence for students, families, and staff members. His work also focuses on how school staff members contribute to and experience school climate.
Tory Cox is the Assistant CalSWEC Project Coordinator for the California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) School of Social Work. He manages the budget for the federally funded CalSWEC child welfare grant, teaches school social work and field education, and oversees the distance education program. He is the lead editor for the Oxford University Press (OUP) book The Art of Becoming Indispensable: What School Social Workers Need to Know in Their First Three Years scheduled for publication in fall 2021 and is a co-Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of School Social Work. Since 2019, he has served as a Consulting Editor for the first national Encyclopedia of Macro Social Work published jointly with CSWE's Special Commission on Macro Social Work, NASW and OUP.
Sheila Dennis is a faculty member at Indiana University School of Social Work. Oriented in a liberatory, anti-oppressive framework, Dennis' scholarship aims to promote educator and student wellbeing through mind-body and transformative social emotional learning approaches.
Elizabeth Lehr Essex is Associate Professor Emeritus at Governors State University and a Hartford Faculty Scholar. Her practice experience and scholarship have focused primarily on family caregiving, disabilities, and school social work. Essex developed and administered the MSW school social work program at Governors State University.
Lindsay Evans is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker currently working for the Indiana University School of Social Work as an educator and field coordinator for undergraduate level social work students. Evans is an IU Alumna and her practice focus is on children and families. She has previously worked as a therapist in community mental health settings and as an elementary school social worker.
Amy Greenberg is the Assistant Dean with the School of Social Work at Loyola University Chicago. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with the State of Illinois and holds Professional Educator Licenses with the Illinois State Board of Education in the areas of: Educational Administration and School Social Work. Greenberg coordinates the Schools specialization/Professional Educator License preparation program that prepares students to become effective School social workers. She practices a strengths-based, solution-focused approach that is student-driven, believing the field education is the heart and soul of social work education. She also teaches in the program and is part of the adjunct faculty.
Aidyn L. Iachini is an Associate Professor in the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina. Her research interests include school social work, positive youth development, and mental health service delivery in school-based and school-linked settings.
Anna M. Kim is a Ph.D. student in the School of Social Work at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her areas of interest include social-emotional learning in children and school-based interventions for children with social, emotional, and behavioral health concerns. Kim holds a bachelor's degree in sociology at Purdue University and holds a master's degree in public administration at Fudan University in Shanghai, China.
Sandra Kopels is a Professor at the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She received undergraduate, JD and MSW degrees from UIUC and is a licensed attorney.
Brenda Lindsey is a Teaching Professor and Coordinator of the School Social Work License Program for the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her scholarship focuses on the role of school social workers in multi-tiered systems of support in schools with a special emphasis on evidence-based practice interventions for children with challenging problem behaviors.
Kate Phillippo is Professor of Social Work and Education at Loyola University Chicago. Prior to her academic career, she worked as a community-based and school social worker in the Chicago and San Francisco Bay areas. She studies stakeholder experience and enactment of education policies, including student wellness policies and practices. She is the author of A Contest without Winners: How Students Experience Competitive School Choice (2019, University of Minnesota Press).
James C. Raines calls himself an accidental academic with the heart of a practitioner. He has written five books published by Oxford University Press on evidence-based practice, school social work, ethical decision-making, and treating DSM-5 disorders. He currently serves as a Professor of Social Work and teaches professional ethics.
Emily Shayman works as an Assistant Professor in the social work department at Lewis University. She was previously a school social worker in various districts around the Chicagoland area. Shayman's research interests include: social-emotional learning for public schools, the role of school social work professionals, best practices for school social workers, and mental health programming within school settings.
Laura Swanlund is currently serving as the Director of Comprehensive Mental Health and Related Services for Palatine School District 15. She received her Doctorate in School Psychology at Loyola University Chicago, and has a Masters in Educational Psychology and in Educational Leadership. She is an adjunct faculty member at local universities where she teaches various courses in school psychology, special education, and research methodology.
Aaron M. Thompson is a former school social worker and principal and is the developer of the Self-Monitoring And Regulation Training Strategy (SMARTS) which is an intervention to support students with challenging classroom behaviors. Thompson is presently a professor and the director of the School of Social Work at the University of Missouri and the associate director of the Missouri Prevention Science Institute. He teaches courses in school social work practice, research and evaluation, and statistics and advises school and community leaders on strategies to create supportive and safe learning environments. Thompson also enjoys working with students, teachers, and student support personnel to discover data driven and evidence-based strategies that are feasible and achieve important outcomes in school and community settings.
Kyle Walke is a dually licensed clinical school social worker that has taught multiple master's level courses on school social work, served as chair for the school social work program at Indiana University's School of Social Work, and has collaborated with the Indiana Department of Education on school social work licensure. In addition to Walke's work in academia he spent over 10 years working in the public school system providing services to different at-risk populations that included students experiencing homelessness, youth in foster care, and students with a mental health diagnosis. During this time Walke also served as the legislative chair for the Indiana School Social Work Association. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and two children.
Jane Zobel is a Retired School Social Worker in Indianapolis, Indiana. She worked as a school social worker in Indianapolis Public Schools for 30 years and continues to be active in the Indiana School Social Work Association. Zobel is currently also an Adjunct Lecturer for Indiana University School of Social Work.