80+ Years of Social Work Excellence | LSU School of Social Work

80+ Years of Social Work Excellence

The LSU School of Social Work (SSW) aspires to be a leading school of social work, a vibrant center for intellectual development, a leader in promoting and supporting diverse communities, and an advocate for an integrated and inclusive model of social work, all within a learning environment that supports best educational practices and the LSU national flagship agenda.

Join us as we celebrate more than 80 years of excellence in Social Work. Visit this page often to see inspiring stories about our amazing alumni, students, faculty, and staff who dedicate each and every day to improving quality of life across the lifespan.

Your Stories 

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Dr. Johnnie Jones received his doctorate degree at the age of 83 years old. Dr. Jones' dissertation is titled: Religion, Racism, and Ecological Stress among African-American Families: A Qualitative Analysis of Perceptions and Coping Strategies. A life-long learner, Dr. Jones plans to apply to LSU Law School.

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Dr. Dana Hunter, MAST 2005 and PhD 2013, has acted as a state leader in human trafficking efforts. She has served as an external evaluator on a federal anti-human trafficking initiative, an appointed member of the John Bel Edwards administration, and as the Executive Director of the Louisiana Children's Trust Fund.

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Dr. Frank Campbell, BACH 1972 and MAST 1988, PhD 2001, has developed an innovative model of reaching out to those who bereaved by suicide while he was serving as President of the American Association of Suicidology. He is now working with the LSU School of Social Work to develop the National Suicidology Training Center that will be located in Baton Rouge, LA. 




Geaux Serve | October 27, 2018

The LSU School of Social Work faculty, staff, alumni and current students participated in an event that gave back to local agencies. Read full press release.  

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Newsworthy and Notable

  • During summer 2018, Dr. Lily Allen and doctoral student Amy Wright had their article publicized. 
  • Amber Herbert, MAST 2003 and current doctoral student, conducted her presentation "Everyday ethics," at the National Adult Protective Services Association National Conference in Anaheim, California.
  • Jerry Reynolds, MAST 2003 and current doctoral student, was interviewed by Acadiana Lifestyle magazine about youth sport burnout and his area of research. 
  • Dr. Cassandra Chaney received the Africana Excellence in Research Award presented by the LSU AAAS. This award was in recognition of her demonstrated commitment to scholarship and superb  publication record in social work and Africana studies. 
  • In spring 2018, Doctoral student Janeal McCauley is a featured author in a recent issue of NCFR's Certified Family Life Educators newsletter.
  • In spring 2018,  Dr. Cassandra Chaney has been promoted from associate professor to professor.
  • During fall 2018, Dr. Wesley T. Church and Dr. Frank R. Campbell have established a partnership between the LSU School of Social Work to develop the National Suicidology Training Center

  • Johnnie Jones receives his PhD at 83 years young. 
  • Zibei Chen , MAST 2015 and PhD 2018, accepted a post doctoral, research fellowship at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. She will be working in the Center on Assets, Education, and Inclusion. 
  • In fall 2018, Bill Dabney accepted a tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Social Work at Methodist University, located in North Carolina. 
  •  Amy Wright, MSW 2013,  was offered a position as Assistant Professor at Illinois State University where she will present her research, "Partner Gender as a Predictor of Relationship Satisfaction, Sexual Satisfaction, Relationship Commitment, and Attachment Identity among Women."
  • Racheal Hebert, MAST 2013, works as the CEO of STAR, a nonprofit organization which Hebert got to build from the ground up. STAR now expands to Alexandria, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans. 

  • Dr. Dana Hunter, MAST 2005 and PhD 2013, currently serves as the Executive Director of the Childrens Cabinet in Governor John Bel Edwards' office. 

  • Karen Roy, MAST 1996, was named Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana 2018. 

  • Todd Hamiltion, MAST 1977, serves as the O'Brien House Executive Director.

  • Dr. Ronald Rea, MSW 1960, provides clinical diagnostic studies and court testimony as an expert witness for clients represented by attorneys and social agencies that serve refugees seeking asylum in the US Homeland Security Courts. 


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