Department of Social Work

College of Education and Social Work

Contact Info:
West Chester Campus
114 W. Rosedale Avenue
West Chester, PA 19383

PASSHE Center City Campus
701 Market Street, Concourse Level
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(610) 436-2527
Email: Department Chair

Department Faculty

Full-Time Faculty



Michele Belliveau

114 W. Rosedale Ave. #201
Phone: (610) 436-3469

Social Work (2006)
Associate Professor
B.A., Earlham College; M.S.W., Columbia University; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Professor Belliveau's background is in social work with individuals, families, and groups in diverse, community-based mental health settings. Her interests include the experiences of Latino immigrant families with the U.S. social welfare system, policy practice, and the development of students' bilingual and bicultural social work competence.


Casey Bohrman

114 W. Rosedale Ave

Phone: (610) 436-2147

Social Work (2014)

Assistant Professor

B.S., Boston University; M.S.W., University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Bohrman has worked throughout the mental health system in a variety of capacities. Her research interests include the intersections between the criminal justice and mental health systems, neighborhood effects, and access to mental health services for hard-to-reach populations. Her current research focuses on police interactions with people who have co-occurring disorders. She has taught in a variety of content areas, including introduction to research, the history of social work and social welfare, modern social policy, the history of American racism, and addressing oppression through institutional change. She received her PhD in Social Welfare from the University of Pennsylvania.


Eli DeHope

114 W. Rosedale Ave. #101
Phone: (610) 738-0501

Social Work (2001)
B.S.W., Temple University; M.Ed., West Chester University; M.A., University of Pennsylvania; M.S.W., University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Eli DeHope is a licensed clinical social worker in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.She has worked in the areas of traumatic brain injury, social neurology and mental health. Her research interests include infusing social biology and neurology into social work practice, social awareness, social justice and mental health. Dr. DeHope is active on a number of community boards including the Council on Brain Injury Advisory Board, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Department of Health's Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Board and Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital's Ethics Committee. Within the University, she has recently served as President of the Faculty Senate and is currently Co-Chair of the Council on Diversity, Inclusion and Academic Excellence. Her most recent publications are Infusing Social Neurology into the Undergraduate Social Work Curriculum and Sexuality and Traumatic Brain Injury.


Claire L. Dente

114 W. Rosedale Ave. #204
Phone: (610) 436-3252

Social Work (2006)
Assistant Professor
B.A., Chestnut Hill College; M.S.W., Catholic University of America; Ph.D.,Temple University

Dr. Dente is a licensed clinical social worker in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Dr. Dente's primary interests include intersecting identities and how these identities impact individuals. Her practice and research focus on diversity, pedagogy, and higher education. She also examines intersecting identities related to religion/spirituality, LGBTQA issues, healthy aging, and disability.


Christa C. Gilliam

114 W. Rosedale Ave. #104 (Philadelphia Campus)
Phone: (610) 436-2883

Social Work (2016)
Assistant Professor
B.A., Liberal Studies/Human Development, California State University, East Bay, 1996; M.S.W., University of California, Berkeley, 2000; Ph.D.,Morgan State University, 2016

Professor Gilliam has had more than 15 years of experience working in both the public and non-profit sectors serving children and families. She has had experience teaching social work on both the bachelors and masters levels. Her work spans across the areas of child welfare and protection, organizational leadership and development, domestic violence specializing in the treatment of batterers, parenting education, case management, and emancipation services for foster youth. Her research interests include social work workforce development, leadership development, professional mentoring, and social work policy and practice in urban communities.


Travis Ingersoll

114 W. Rosedale Ave. #104
Phone: (610) 436-2767

Social Work (2011)
Assistant Professor
B.A., SUNY, Buffalo; M.Ed., Widener University; M.S.W., Widener University; PhD Widener University

Travis Sky Ingersoll (Ph.D., MSW, M.Ed.) has worked in various areas of social work practice including gerontology, chemical addiction, mental health, domestic abuse, and sexual trauma. His research publications include cross-cultural studies regarding the fear of intimacy, gender roles, suicidal ideation, and the implementation of clinical interventions in older-adult communities. Dr. Ingersoll's current policy interests focus on the development and implementation of sexual expression and protection from harm policies for retirement and assisted living facilities. Along with his colleague, Dr. Brent Satterly from Widener University,Dr. Ingersollhas recently completed writing a textbook titled "Sexuality Concepts for Social Workers" that will soon be used in classrooms throughout the Philadelphia area, and eventually across the country.


Tiffany Yvette Lane

114 W. Rosedale Ave.
Phone: (610) 436-3616

Social Work (2012)
Assistant Professor
B.S.W., West Chester University of Pennsylvania; M.S.W., Howard University; Ph.D. in Social Work, Morgan State University

Dr. Tiffany Lane is an Assistant Professor in the Undergraduate Social Work Department at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.  Her education includes a Bachelor of Social Work from West Chester University, Pa in 2005, a Master of Social Work from Howard University located in Washington, Dc in December of 2006, and a PhD in Social Work from Morgan State University located in Baltimore, MD in 2013. 


Dr. Lane’s research interest includes African Americans who aged out of the foster care system, specifically examining the factors contributing to their enrollment and progression in post-secondary institutions. Additional interests include social policies and direct practices that impact college bound foster care youth.  Dr. Lane’s practice interest includes the development and retention of youth serving organizations in urban communities.  She collaborates with youth serving programs to assist with curriculum development and other supportive services to ensure effectiveness and sustainability.  Additionally, she is the co-founder of Phenomenal Young Ladies, Inc. a non-profit youth based organization supporting adolescent African American ladies in Chester, Pa. 


She is the President of Frederick Douglass Society (2013-2015) at West Chester University, the advisor of the Social Work Club, The Association of Black Social Workers and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is a member of the Alliance of Black Social Workers, Philadelphia, Pa chapter and Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. Chester Alumnae Chapter. She is an active member of the Council on Social Work Education, where she serves on the Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work Education. 


Susan Wysor Nguema

114 W. Rosedale Ave. #107
Phone: (610) 436-2949

Social Work (2016)
Assistant Professor
B.S.W., La Salle University; M.S., University of Pennsylvania; M.S.W., Temple University; Ph.D. Student, Widener University

Susan's areas of interest are in international social work, transitional justice, and community advocacy. In particular, she is interested in how interventions that have worked in other countries to resolve issues of human rights abuses may be adapted for use in US communities. She has led travel study courses to Kenya and is currently completing her doctoral work at Widener University.


Greg Tully

114 W. Rosedale Ave.
Phone: (610) 436-2767

Social Work (2010)
Associate Professor

B.S., New York University; M.S.W. Hunter Graduate School of Social Work; Ph.D., New York University

Dr. Tully’s dissertation topic is: Level of Moral Reasoning and Background Factors as Predictors of BSW Students' Interest in Working with People in Poverty. In addition to serving as an Associate Professor in the Barry University School of Social Work (Miami, Florida), and as a Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Social Work at Iona College (New Rochelle, New York), he has taught at New York University and the Hunter School of Social Work. Dr. Tully's direct counseling experience includes individual, group, and community practice work with children and women survivors of abuse, persons dealing with HIV-AIDS and their loved ones, and adolescents in the probation system. He has presented lectures in the U.S. and internationally, and has published in the Encyclopedia of Social Work with Groups as well as several professional journals. He is President of the International Association for Social Work with Groups; he is a co-author of the 2012 book: Group Work: Gateway to Growth (London, England: Whiting & Birch Publisher), and the 2013 book: Passion for Group Work: An International Conversation (London England: Whiting and Birch Publisher).


Richard W. Voss

114 W. Rosedale Ave. #205
Phone: (610) 436-2785

Social Work (1996)
B.A., St. Fidelis College; M.S.W., Fordham University; M.T.S, Washington Theological; D.P.C., Loyola College

Dr. Rick Voss' areas of interest include ethnographic research of indigenous traditions of help and healing; implications of integrative medicine and spirituality for social work practice, and curriculum development supporting bilingual and inter-cultural social work education and practice.


Janet Bradley
Phone: (610) 436-2801

Director, Field Education Content Chair
B.S.W. LaSalle University; M.L.S.P. Bryn Mawr College; M.S.S. Bryn Mawr College

Janet Bradley has numerous years of experience in medical social work, including hospital and home care. She has held several national and local positions on committees for field education. She is co-author of a chapter on the Roles and Responsibilities of the Field Director. Her areas of professional interests are field education, health, disability, and adoption.


Anita Gooding

Director of Field Education, Philadelphia BSW Program
B.A., Trinity College, M.S.W. University of Pennsylvania

Anita has worked in the field of sexual health for most of her career and her experience spans across micro and macro levels of practice. Anita has done community outreach and organizing, development and marketing, treatment education for folks living with HIV, and has also provided out-patient therapy to LGBTQIA-identified persons. Her professional interests include trauma, sexuality and gender, HIV/AIDS, and grief and loss.

Donna Callaghan
Phone: (610) 436-2527


Donna comes to West Chester University after working at a local public school system in Chester county where she supported many students with diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. In this capacity, she assisted in the social and educational development of young children. She is very active in her community and teaches fitness classes at the local YMCA. Donna has a passion for helping others in need and is excited to be part of the social work program.