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Full Time Faculty

Louanne Bakk

Clinical Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Gerontology, Health Access, Health Disparities, Macro Practice, Program Evaluation, Social Welfare Policy

668 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-1861; Fax: 716-645-3456


Annahita Ball

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Social work services in schools, youth development, school-family-community partnerships, educational policy

652 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-8951; Fax: 716-645-3456


Laina Y. Bay-Cheng

Associate Professor; PhD Program Director

Research Interests: Adolescent Sexuality, Gender, Youth Empowerment

579 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-1225; Fax: 716-645-3456


Elizabeth Bowen

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: HIV/AIDS, homelessness, housing, health disparities, substance use, addiction

647 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-1258; Fax: 716-645-3456


Lisa Butler

Associate Professor

Research Interests: Trauma and Resilience, Trauma-informed Practice, Veterans and Their Families, Dissociative Processes

592 Baldy Hall, 229 Parker Hall

Phone: 716-645-1247; Fax: 716-645-3456, 716-829-3938


Filomena M. Critelli

Associate Professor

Research Interests: Child Welfare, Immigrants

665 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-1250; Fax: 716-645-3456


Catherine N. Dulmus

Professor; Associate Dean for Research

Research Interests: Adolescent Mental Health, Child Mental Health, Community-based Research, Community-University Partnerships

591 Baldy Hall, 221 Parker Hall

Phone: 716-645-1253; Fax: 716-645-3456, 716-829-3992


Gretchen Ely

Associate Professor

Research Interests: Health disparities, sexual and reproductive health, cancer prevention, partner violence, social justice, social work education

657 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-1243; Fax: 716-645-3456


Diane E. Elze

Associate Professor; MSW Program Director

Research Interests: Adolescent Health, Adolescent Mental Health, HIV Prevention Interventions and Adolescents, LGBT

628 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-1228; Fax: 716-645-3456


Susan A. Green

Clinical Associate Professor

Research Interests: Child Welfare, Children and Families, Community

664 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-1249; Fax: 716-645-3456


Annette Semanchin Jones

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Child Welfare, Practice Evaluation, Program Evaluation, Research Methods, Social Capital Impact, Social Welfare Policy, Strength-based Approaches and Supporting Community/Families

662 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-1862; Fax: 716-645-3456


Robert H. Keefe

Associate Professor

Research Interests: Health Access and Outcomes, Health Disparities

632 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-1230; Fax: 716-645-3456


Isok Kim

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Ethnic Minorities, Mental Health, Psychological Empowerment, Substance Abuse

667 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-1252; Fax: 716-645-3456


Wooksoo Kim

Associate Professor

Research Interests: Asian immigrants, Asian immigrant elders, and their mental health, alcohol use and gambling; immigration and acculturation; community-based research

626 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-1227; Fax: 716-645-3456


Kathleen A. Kost

Associate Professor

Research Interests: Employment, Organizations, Poverty

681 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-1269; Fax: 716-645-3456


Denise J. Krause

Clinical Professor; Associate Dean for Community Engagement and Alumni Relations

Research Interests: Interventions, Solution Focused Practice

620 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-1223; Fax: 716-645-3456


Patricia Logan-Greene

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Child Welfare, Cumulative Adversity, Criminal Justice Responses to Violence, Victimization, Violence

630 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-1533; Fax: 716-645-3456


Gokul Mandayam

Clinical Associate Professor

Research Interests: Social Innovation; Program Evaluation; International Social Development; Non-profit Management, and Spatial Analysis

622 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-1237; Fax: 716-645-3456


Kathryn McClain-Meeder

Clinical Assistant Professor, Field Education

Research Interests: field education; trauma and trauma-informed practice; refugees and immigrants; veterans

646 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-1260; Fax: 716-645-3157


Nadine (Shaanta) Murshid

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Microfinance and masculinity, domestic violence, genocide, political violence, trauma, social movements

656 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-5749; Fax: 716-645-3456


Yunju Nam

Associate Professor

Research Interests: Asset-building, Economic Inequality, Elderly Immigrants, Poverty, Social Welfare Policy

658 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-1255; Fax: 716-645-3456


Thomas H. Nochajski

Research Professor

Research Interests: Practice Evaluation, Program Evaluation, Research Methods, Screening Assessment and the Criminal Justice Population, Substance Abuse, Treatment and the Criminal Justice Population

660 Baldy Hall, 231 Parker Hall

Phone: 716-645-1245; Fax: 716-645-3456, 716-829-3992


Kelly Patterson

Associate Professor

Research Interests: Community-based Housing Organizations, Fair Housing Advocacy, Housing Patterns and Poverty, Spatial Issues and Social Service Access/Delivery, Subsidized Housing, Urban Neighborhoods

663 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-1248; Fax: 716-645-3456


Barbara A. Rittner

Associate Professor

Research Interests: Child Welfare, Children at Risk, Mental Health

575 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-1256; Fax: 716-645-3456


Melanie Sage

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Child welfare culture; Indian Child Welfare Act; social work technology; family-centered child welfare practice; technology in social work; distance education

621 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-1270; Fax: 716-645-3456


Todd Sage

Clinical Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Use of Motivational Interviewing in Child Welfare; Drug and Alcohol Addiction; Motivational Interviewing and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Social Work with Veterans; Instructional design for distance education

623 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-1264; Fax: 716-645-3456


Nancy J. Smyth

Dean; Professor

Research Interests: Social work in digital environments, psychological trauma; addictions; implementation science, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

680 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-1266; Fax: 716-645-3883


Peter Sobota

Clinical Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Interventions, Social Work and Non-Traditional Settings

666 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-1251; Fax: 716-645-3456


Mickey Sperlich

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Trauma, Mental Health, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Interventions, Child Mental Health, Health Disparities

619 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-9087; Fax: 716-645-3456


Christopher St. Vil

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Gender, Trauma, Violence, Victimization, Substance Abuse

625 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-9091; Fax: 716-645-3456


Noelle M. St. Vil

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Interpersonal violence; black male-female relationships; man-sharing

645 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-9093; Fax: 716-645-3456


Charles Syms

Clinical Associate Professor

Research Interests: Child Welfare, Interventions

577 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-1224; Fax: 716-645-3456


Deborah P. Waldrop

Professor; Associate Dean for Faculty Development

Research Interests: Bereavement Outcomes, End-of-Life Decision Making, Gerontology

633 Baldy Hall, 225 Parker Hall

Phone: 716-645-1231; Fax: 716-645-3456, 716-829-3992


Hilary N. Weaver

Professor; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Research Interests: Indigenous Populations, Multicultural Social Work, Refugees

624 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-1226; Fax: 716-645-3456