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Faculty

Dr. Dorinda Noble

Professor and Director, School of Social Work

Office: HPB 150A
Phone: 512-245-2592
E-mail: dn12@txstate.edu

Dorinda N. Noble, Ph.D., LCSW, is Director and Professor at the Texas State School of Social Work.  Dr. Noble taught at both Texas Tech University and Louisiana State University before joining Texas State.  A graduate of Tulane University and the University of Texas-Austin, Dr. Noble is active in scholarship and teaching in the areas of supervision, ethics, and social work regulation.  Dr. Noble served on the Louisiana licensing board (appointed two times by different governors), and on the Texas social work regulatory board (a gubernatorial appointment), so she has been active in social work regulation for almost twenty years.  She currently serves as President of the Association of Social Work Boards.

 

Dr. Angela Ausbrooks

Associate Professor and MSW Coordinator

Office: HPB 150A
Phone: 512-245-2592
E-mail: aa16@txstate.edu

Dr. Angela Ausbrooks, LMSW, joined the faculty in 2006. Holding degrees from the University of North Texas and University of Texas-Austin, her teaching areas include child welfare, work with minorities, research, practice, and human behavior and social environment. Dr. Ausbrooks is the MSW Coordinator for the School. She has more than 15 years of experience in child welfare as a front-line worker and a coordinator of a Title IV-E program. She is interested in researching child welfare, resilience, juvenile justice, and diversity. She teaches both online and on campus.

Dr. Amy Benton

Assistant Professor                                                                      Benton

Office: HPB 150A
Phone: 512-245-2592
E-mail: ab68@txstate.edu

Dr. Amy Benton, LCSW, joined the School in Fall 2010 after earning her Ph.D. from University of California-Berkeley.  She is an expert in child welfare staffing issues and has rich experience in agency and grants management.  Dr. Benton teaches a variety of courses, including policy and child welfare. 

Dr. Mary Jo Garcia Biggs

Associate Professor

Office: HPB 150A
Phone: 512-245-2592
E-mail: mb56@txstate.edu

Dr. Mary Jo Garcia Biggs, LCSW, holds the MSW from Our Lady of the Lake University and the Ph.D. in Education from Texas A&M University. Dr. Biggs, who has been at Texas State for almost a decade, has been overseeing the School online MSW degree program for several years and is highly recognized as an expert in online education. She serves as faculty advisor for Latinas Unidas, a university student support group for Latinas. Dr. Biggs has several years of experience in adult protection and is quite interested in research into issues of aging. She teaches both online and on campus.

Dr. Nancy Chavkin

Regents Professor and Director, Center for Children and Families

Office: HPB 150A
Phone: 512-245-2592
E-mail: nc02@txstate.edu

Dr. Nancy Chavkin, LMSW-AP, has published three books and more than 90 articles on family and community partnerships, program evaluation, child welfare, and school social work. Dr. Chavkin is Director of the Center for Child and Families, an interdisciplinary research center, and she is principle investigator for the University’s Title IV-E project. In 2002, Dr. Chavkin was named Piper Professor by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation, which indicates she is one of the top college teachers in the state. In 2007, the Texas State University System Board of Regents named Dr. Chavkin a Regent’s Professor for her outstanding contributions to higher education. Previously, Dr. Chavkin received Texas State’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Activities (1990) and the Presidential Seminar Award (1993) for her work in collaborative research. She teaches both online and on campus.

Dr. Anne Deepak

Assistant Professor

Office: HPB 150A
Phone: 512-245-2592
E-mail: ad21@txstate.edu

Dr. Anne Deepak, LMSW, holds degrees from Columbia University and Boston University. Her years of practice and teaching experience have contributed to her expertise in cross-cultural mental health issues, postcolonial feminist theory and practice, help-seeking behaviors of immigrant women, immigration adjustment of South Asian women, and the use of popular culture in social work education and practice. She teaches both online and on campus.

Dr. Catherine A. Hawkins

Professor

Office: HPB 150A
Phone: 512-245-2592
E-mail: ch11@txstate.edu

Dr. Catherine Hawkins, LCSW, holds the MSW and Ph.D. in social work. Joining Texas State in 1991, Dr. Hawkins specializes in direct practice, bringing into class her expertise as a psychotherapist in residential, acute care, and out-patient settings. She is interested in issues of sustainability and human trafficking, as well as spirituality in social work and international social work. She has led study abroad groups to Mexico and Cambodia, and was a visiting professor at the Madras school of Social Work in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India in Fall 2006

Dave Luke Henton

Clinical Assistant Professor and Field Coordinator

Office: HPB 150A
Phone: 512-245-2592
E-mail: dh22@txstate.edu

Dave Henton, LMSW, joined Texas State faculty almost two decades ago. He is Assistant Coordinator of Field Practicum and teaches in practice and field. He has a long history of working in developmental disabilities, mental health, and gerontology services. In addition to social work field education, Mr. Henton is very interested in social work and spirituality, sexual minority populations, and older adult mental health issues.

Dr. Sally Hill Jones

Associate Professor

Office: HPB 150A
Phone: 512-245-2592

Dr. Sally Hill Jones, LCSW, holds degrees from the University of Chicago and the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago, Illinois. She has more than two decades of practice experience in a variety of settings, including family service agencies, hospice, and independent practice. Joining Texas State in 2001, she is very interested in trauma, self-care for helping professionals, and gerontology. She teaches both online and on campus.

Dr. Karen Knox

Professor and Field Coordinator

Office: HPB 150A
Phone: 512-245-2592
E-mail: kk07@txstate.edu

Dr Karen Knox, LCSW, holds both the MSSW and Ph.D., and has taught at Texas State since 1995. She serves as the School’s Field Director. Dr. Knox has also taught at the University of Tennessee-Memphis, St. Edward's University, and the University of Texas at Austin. Her areas of research interest, publications, and practice experience include crisis intervention, victim services in law enforcement, child abuse, family violence, sexual abuse survivors, and sex offenders. Dr. Knox has worked extensively on a project to connect Texas State School of Social Work with a sister university in Russia. She teaches both online and on campus.

Andrew Marks

Senior Clinical Lecturer and BSW Coordinator

Office: HPB 150A
Phone: 512-245-2592
E-mail: am27@txstate.edu

Mr. Andrew Marks, LMSW, has served as a Lecturer at the Texas State School of Social Work since 2003 and is the School’s BSW Coordinator. He is the former Executive Director of the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners and Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists. He also has worked at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and for the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Mr. Marks, who is currently a doctoral student at Benedictine College, is interested in leadership, professional ethics, management, public administration, community organization, mental health and mental retardation issues, disabilities, and forensic and legal issues. He has presented extensively across the nation on professional ethics and professional regulation.

Stacie McGee

Lecturer

Office: HPB 150A
Phone: 512-245-2592
E-mail: sm60@txstate.edu

Ms. Stacie McGee, LMSW-IPR, received her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Texas State in 1992 and her Master of Social Work degree from Our Lady of the Lake University in 1994. A long-time adjunct to Texas State School of Social Work faculty, Ms. McGee has served as MSW Admissions Coordinator and is now a Lecturer. She has worked in geriatric outreach, juvenile residential treatment, juvenile justice, program development, administration and grant writing, and in public school social work. She is currently the social worker at Cole Pediatric Therapy in San Marcos. Ms. McGee served on the NASW/Texas School Social Work Steering Committee, the mayor-appointed City of San Marcos Youth Commission, and  with a Mediation Certificate from Texas State University, as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Hays County Alternative Dispute Resolution Center, where she still acts as a volunteer trainer. Ms. McGee currently serves on th Board of the Hays County Extencion Agency and volunteers regulary with San Marcos public schools and the San Marcos Animal Shelter.

Medel Mr. R. Stephen Medel

Senior Clinical Lecturer                                                                       

Office: HPB 150A
Phone: 512-245-2592
E-mail: rm33@txstate.edu

Mr. R. Stephen Medel, LMSW, has a long career of working with schools to enrich the learning environment for at-risk youth. Joining our faculty in Fall 2010, Mr. Medel teaches a number of courses, including policy and field placement. He is a doctoral student at Walden University, studying Education.

Dr. Christine Norton

Assistant Professor

Office: HPB 150A
Phone: 512-245-2592
E-mail: cn19@txstate.edu

Dr. Christine Lynn Norton, LCSW, holds degrees from the University of Chicago, Minnesota State University, and Loyola University in Chicago. She has over 15 years experience working with high-risk youth in a variety of settings including therapeutic wilderness programs, juvenile justice, schools, and mentoring organizations. She has taught as adjunct faculty at The University of Denver, Prescott College, and Naropa University. Her areas of practice and research experience and interest are in adolescent development, treatment and empowerment; wilderness and adventure therapy; youth mentoring; juvenile justice, alternative sentencing and restorative justice; experiential education; and international social work. She recently received a $90,000 grant to develop a program to work with alums of foster care who are now college students in Texas.

Dr. Amy Russell

Assistant Professor

Office: HPB 150A
Phone: 512-245-2592
E-mail: ar41@txstate.edu

Dr. Amy Russell, LMSW, joined Texas State four years ago. She holds degrees from the University of Houston. Dr. Russell has ten year’s practice experience in public community mental health services working with persons with severe and persistent mental illness. She presently teaches graduate level research methods and policy courses and has taught ethics, advocacy research, behavioral statistics, and individual and group social work practice. Her research skills and interests comprise cultural oppression and liberated identity, lesbian feminism, social capital, social welfare policy and economics, and lesbian and women’s health and mental health needs. This agenda includes a special interest in research methods that utilize visual ethnography and classic grounded theory. Dr. Russell is involved political advocacy and frequently presents on lobbying and advocacy ethics.

Dr. Kathy Selber

Professor

Office: HPB 150A
Phone: 512-245-2592
E-mail: ks15@txstate.edu

Dr. Kathy Selber, LMSW-AP, holds degrees from the University of Houston and the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Selber has been awarded numerous research grants and is well-published. She is fluent in Spanish and previously taught in Mexico. She is passionate about working with student veterans and military families, and has been a leader in developing student veteran-friendly policies and programs on Texas State campus, as well as other campuses. She teaches both on campus and online.

Rhonda E. Smith

Grant Specialist/Adjunct Faculty

Office: HPB 150A
Phone: 512-245-2592
E-mail: rs32@txstate.edu

Ms. Rhonda Smith, LMSW, is a grant specialist with the Center for Children and Families. She serves as an Agency-Based Field Instructor with Child Protective Services in San Antonio for Title IV-E stipend recipients in both the BSW and MSW degree programs. She also serves as adjunct faculty for the Texas State School of Social Work. Her primary practice experience has been working with children and families in a public child welfare setting, with the majority of her experience focused on working with sexually abusive families.

Dr. Mary Tijerina

Associate Professor

Office: HPB 150A
Phone: 512-245-2592
E-mail: mt01@txstate.edu

Dr. Mary Tijerina, LMSW, is Associate Professor at the School of Social Work at Texas State University-San Marcos. Joining Texas State in 2001, she served as BSW Coordinator for several years, and has most recently served as MSW Coordinator. She is very involved in the Hogg Foundation Bilingual Scholarship program, as well as university programs aimed to assist first-generation college students. Dr. Tijerina is an excellent researcher who is quite interested in programs and strategies that help those with fetal alcohol syndrome, people with chemical addiction problems, and people of minority status who suffer health problems. She teaches both on campus and online.

Dr. Raphael Travis, Jr.

Associate Professor

Office: HPB 150A
Phone: 512-245-2592
E-mail: rt27@txstate.edu

Dr. Raphael Travis Jr., LCSW, holds degrees from University of Virginia, University of Michigan, and University of California at Los Angeles. His current research interests include positive youth development over the life-course, adolescent resilience, and youth participation in individual and community transformation. His work background blends mental health practice with public health issues. He teaches both online and on campus.

To read more information on Dr. Travis click on the link below:
http://www.rwjf-newconnections.org/grantees/48

Ms. Martha Wildberger

Grant Specialist

Office: SH 101
Phone: 512-245-6600
E-mail: mw38@txstate.edu

Ms. Wildberger, LCSW, graduated from Truman State University and Washington University. She is a Grant Specialist with the Center for Children and Families and is adjunct faculty with the School. She has over ten years of child welfare experience. Ms. Wildberger's professional interests include child welfare, foster care and adoption.

Dr. Betsy Wisner

Assistant Professor

Office: HPB 150A
Phone: 512/245-2592
E-mail: bw30@txstate.edu

 

Dr. Wisner, LMSW. Holding advanced degrees from State University of New York College at Cortland, Syracuse University, and The University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Wisner joined the Texas State faculty in 2008. She spent over 25 years working in the mental health field specializing in helping children and adolescents and their families. She has worked as a family therapist in family mental health and correctional settings. She also worked as a school counselor and school social worker leading to her current interest in incorporating mindfulness and meditation in social work practice and education. Her research interests include use of mindfulness and meditation with youth and veterans, and benefits of equine therapy for youth and families. Dr. Wisner’s interests also include spirituality and international social work. She teaches both online and on campus.
 

Dr. Colette Duciaume-Wright

Lecturer

Office:HPB 231 C
Phone: 512-245-5503
E-mail: cd30@txstate.edu

Dr. Duciaume-Wright, LCSW, holds the doctorate from Smith College. She has a notable history in delivering clinical services. She teaches as a Lecturer for Texas State in the areas of practice, human behavior and social environment, and research.

Mr. Jerry McKimmey

Lecturer                                                                                             

Office:HPB 231A                                                                                  
Phone:512-245-6508                                                                                  
Email:gm24@txstate.edu                                                                     

 

Mr. Jerry McKimmey, LCSW, has a long history of working with mental health policy and agency administration. He has been teaching at Texas State for several years and enjoys teaching policy, practice, and field education.

Dr. J. Karen Brown

Professor Emerita

Office: HPB 150A
Phone: 512-245-2592
E-mail:kb01@txstate.edu

Dr. Karen Brown, LMSW-AP, Professor Emerita, completed her MSSW at the University of Tennessee and her doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin. She served as Director of Texas State School of Social Work for 18 years and left a strong imprint on the School. She also directed the University’s Center for Children and Families for many years and was instrumental in bringing millions of dollars into the University. Dr. Brown retired in 2011, and we are indebted to her. .