People

Mercedea Bern-Klug

Mercedes Bern-Klug, MSW, Ph.D.

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Director, School of Social Work
Hartford Faculty Scholar
Professor
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Anne Abbott

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Research Associate
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Eleanor Anstey

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Associate Professor Emerita

Mike Bandstra, J.D.

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Adjunct Assistant Professor
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Ed Barnes, M.S.W.

Title/Position
Adjunct Instructor
Executive Director of Willkie House, Des Moines
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Jaime Berger, M.S.W., L.I.S.W.

Title/Position
Adjunct Instructor
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Stephanie Besch

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Program Coordinator, NRC
Research Associate
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Debbie Black

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Admin Services Specialist
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Ryan Bobst, M.S.W.

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Adjunct Instructor
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Amy Butler

Amy Butler, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor
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Elizabeth Byram, M.S.W.

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Ph.D. Student
Liz Byram is interested in conducting research in the areas of intellectual and developmental disabilities, health and health disparities, and social networks. She is currently working with Dr. Aislinn Conrad-Hiebner on a project exploring the relationships between adverse childhood experiences and social networks. She has also assisted Dr. Mercedes Bern-Klug with projects on advance care planning.  

Kara Carter, M.S.W., L.M.S.W.

Title/Position
Ph.D. Student
Kara Carter is interested in studying issues pertaining to end-of-life with an emphasis on the unique characteristics of rurality.  She plans to examine the upstream drivers of health disparities and mesosystem level interventions that promote health equity.

Ricardo Charria, M.S.W., L.M.S.W.

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Adjunct Instructor
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Dana Cheek, M.S.W., L.I.S.W., C.A.D.C.

Title/Position
Ph.D. Student
Dana Cheek's research interests involve examining the integration of the primary care clinics with behavioral health consultants and/or social workers. Her research will look at the role of the social worker to help improve patient wellness and reach health outcomes. It will focus on social services necessary for treating the whole person, and she hopes to identify specific tasks that the behavioral health consultant/social worker performs that are consistently noted to be useful in the setting by other healthcare providers and patients, such as referrals for entitlement programs. 

Tara Clark, M.S.W.

Title/Position
Behavioral Health Clinic Manager
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Alyssa Clayden, M.S.W., L.I.S.W.

Title/Position
Ph.D. Student
Alyssa Clayden is interested in research that identifies the barriers that refugees face when pursuing mental health supports. This includes issues of education, fear, and prejudice in mental health practitioners and systems, as well as the complexity of intergenerational struggles as refugee youth grow up in the U.S. without access to cultural and social brokering and guidance at home.

Lance Clemsen, L.I.S.W.

Title/Position
Behavioral Health Clinic Director
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Aislinn Conrad

Aislinn Conrad, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor
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Carol Coohey

Carol Coohey, Ph.D.

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Professor
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Professor Coohey has over 25 years of experience directing and evaluating community-based programs, validating assessment tools, and researching the relationship between childhood adversity and negative academic and behavioral outcomes among children and adults.

Margaret Cretzmeyer, M.S.W., Ph.D.

Title/Position
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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Stephen Cummings

Stephen Cummings, MSW, ACSW, LISW

Title/Position
Clinical Associate Professor
Distance Education Administrator
MSW Program Director
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A strong interest in technology in the field of social work practice led Stephen Cummings to his role as the Distance Education Administrator and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa School of Social Work. His areas of productivity and teaching center on preparing students for practice, including teaching areas in professional writing, as well as preparing students for the licensing exam.

Raygena Curry, M.S.W.

Title/Position
Adjunct Instructor
Lisa D'Aunno

Lisa D'Aunno

Title/Position
Director of Training, NRCFCP
Associate Professor
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Suzanne Dell, M.S.W.

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Adjunct Instructor

Lorraine Dorfman, Ph.D.

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Professor Emerita
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Schael Engel, M.S.W.

Title/Position
Social Worker III
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Yvonne Farley, M.S.W.

Title/Position
Clinical Assistant Professor
Family Centered Concentration Chair
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In 2010, Yvonne Farley joined the National Center for Social Work Trauma Education and Workforce Development through their National Collaboration for Trauma Informed Care. Over the last 4 years, she has been helping to train Iowa’s workforce in trauma informed practice and to prepare M.S.W. students through the trauma informed class.