• Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences
  • Director of Social Work Field Education
Liffrig Family School of Education and Behavioral Sciences

About Me

I teach classes on social work theory, generalist practice, practice with families, and working with diverse populations. I also oversee the Social Work field program. In addition to the classes that I teach, I am an advisor in the social work program, teach First Year Experience, am one of the faculty advisors for the student organization for behavioral science students (PACS). I also work with students in the LFSEBS Emerging Leaders Academy.

Why I’m At Mary

I'm grateful for the opportunity to teach in the field that I love in an environment with organizational values that so closely match the values of the social work field. I enjoy having the opportunity to work with students who have such passion and gifts to share with the world and help them find the places they can best do this.


I have experience working as a social worker in residential youth settings and as a school social worker. I was also a foster parent for ten years. I provide training in the community on the topics of social work ethics, work with involuntary or resistant clients, foster care, and strengths based assessment. I also participate in community coalitions focused on homelessness, vulnerable adults, suicide, and intimate partner violence.


MSW: Florida State University, 2008
BA (Social Work): University of North Dakota, 2004
BA (Criminal Justice): University of North Dakota, 2004