Faculty

Mercedea Bern-Klug

Mercedes Bern-Klug, M.S.W., Ph.D.

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

Mercedes Bern-Klug is Director of the School of Social Work and a Professor specializing in gerontology, with a focus on long-term services and supports for older persons and persons with disabilities.

 
Aislinn Conrad

Aislinn Conrad, M.S.W., Ph.D.

Dr. Conrad's research examines the social determinants that reduce child maltreatment and promote family wellbeing. Past projects include linking material hardship (food/housing insecurity) to child abuse, and validating the Spanish version of the Protective Factors Survey. 

Carol Coohey

Carol Coohey, M.S.W., Ph.D.

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 academic and behavioral health outcomes among children and adults. Her most recent research has focused on suicide prevention.

Stephen Cummings

Stephen Cummings, M.S.W., A.C.S.W., L.I.S.W.

Clinical Associate Professor,
Distance Education Administrator,
MSW Program Director

Stephen Cummings is a clinical associate professor with over 20 years of practice in social service fields, including 10 years as a licensed social worker in a Trauma I level hospital setting. His areas of interest include ethical use of technology in social work practice, clinical supervision, and preparing students for the social work licensure exam.

Yvonne Farley, a white woman with brown hair and glasses wearing a green sweater

Yvonne Farley, M.S.W.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Social Work Clinical Practice Chair

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.

Megan Gilster

Megan E. Gilster, M.S.W., Ph.D.

Dr. Gilster is an Associate Professor of Social Work, and Research Fellow in the Social and Education Policy Research Program in the University of Iowa Public Policy Center. Her research addresses how community and neighborhood conditions matter for the well-being of residents.

May Guo

May Guo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Ph.D. Program Director

Dr. Guo's work addresses the intersection between immigration and aging, examining the well-being of older immigrants in the changing family and neighborhood contexts.

Carolyn Hartley

Carolyn Hartley, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
B.A. Program Director
Julia Kleinschmit

Julia Kleinschmit, M.S.W.

Clinical Professor
Sioux City Practicum and Program Administrator

Since 1999, Julia Kleinschmit has primarily taught in and coordinated the three-year, Part-Time M.S.W. Program in Sioux City. She teaches Research, Policy, Discrimination Oppression and Diversity, Organization and Community Practice, and Integrated Theory and Practice. Her interests include Disproportionate Minority Contact, especially in regards to reducing the number of Native children in the child welfare system and the number of children of color in juvenile detention.

Miriam Landsman, PhD: Middle aged white woman with brown hair in a pink shirt

Miriam Landsman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Executive Director, National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice
Co-Director, Iowa Consortium for Substance Abuse Research and Evaluation

Dr. Landsman is Executive Director of the National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice. Her primary areas of research are family-centered approaches to child welfare practice and the child welfare workforce.

 

Billie Marchik, M.S.W.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Des Moines Practicum Administrator
 

Pam Moore, M.S.W.

Assistant Director, Dept. of Social Services, UI Healthcare
 

Brad Richardson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Research Director, NRCFCP
Research Scientist/Engineer
Nadia Sabbagh

Nadia Sabbagh Steinberg, M.S.W., Ph.D.

Lecturer
Coordinator for Aging and Longevity Studies Program
Sara Sanders

Sara Sanders, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Professor
Hartford Faculty Scholar

Dr. Sara Sanders is the Dean of the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and formerly served as Director of the School of Social Work. Her research interests pertain to gerontology and end-of-life.

Yolanda Spears

Yolanda D. Spears, M.S.W.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Coordinator, Certificate in Critical Cultural Competence
sarah witry, a white woman with brown hair, wearing a blue shirt and glasses

Sarah Witry, M.S.W., L.M.S.W.

Clinical Assistant Professor,
Director of Field Education,
Iowa City and Online Field Administrator

Professor Witry has 12 years of experience in non-profit management, program development, and program assessment and evaluation focusing on food security, anti-poverty, and housing security services. She is now the Field Education Director and is passionate about inspiring and supporting social work students to act as change agents in the field and in their future work as professionals.

 

Suzanne Witte, L.M.S.W.

Behavioral Health Clinical Manager
Family Support Program Coordinator, UIHC