Varsha Pandya, Ph.D., ACSW
Social Work Department
Dr. Varsha Pandya obtained her doctoral degree in Social Welfare on January 2001 from Mandel School of Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Her study concentration was clinical research. She completed a qualitative study “Learning to be nonviolent” that documented accounts of change processes in domestically violent men in group therapy. She received her MSW degree in 1977 from University of Bombay, India, which was individually accredited by CSWE in 1992. She received her B.S. from University of Bombay as well. Dr. Pandya has many years of practice experience in the field of family violence, primarily in Indian settings. Her practice in U.S. was in the field of child abuse and neglect as a direct service provider as well as CASA. Dr. Pandya has extensive experience in teaching and guiding research projects and theses at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Her publications (in-print, in-press, and accepted) demonstrate integration of her interests in group work practice, family violence, and evidence-based social work practice. These also reflect her developing interest in the field of gerontology. She has presented widely over the years, including at conferences on teaching in higher education. She considers herself as a lifelong learner and looks to continuously reach higher standards as a research educator and practice-researcher.
Pandya, V. (2008). Changing Narratives: Effects of Group Intervention on Domestically Violent Men. In AASWG German-Chapter MENSCH (CD). 30TH International Symposium on Social work with Groups, AASWG, June 19-22, Cologne, Germany.
Pandya V. (2005). Health Concerns for Grandmother Raising Grand Children in Cultural Contexts of USA. Indian Journal of Gerontology, 19(4), 477-486.
Pandya, V. (2005). Contemporary Group Work. In A. Gitterman & L. Shulman (Eds.) Mutual Aid Groups, Vulnerable and Resilient Populations, and the Life Cycle, Third Edition.
Pandya, V. & Gingerich, W. J. (2002). Group Therapy Interventions for Male Batterers: A Microethnographic study. Health & Social Work, 27, 47-55.
Pandya, V. (1999). Promotion of Maternal and Child Health: A Path model of care for substance using pregnant women. Journal of Primary Prevention, 19 (4), 297-314.
Family and Group Decision-making Model: Moving towards Restorative Justice in Child Welfare (With George Kovarie / Jennifer Wallis – Berks County Children and Youth Services), 2007-08 Annual conference of Pennsylvania NASW chapter. March, 2008.
Changing Narratives: Effects of group intervention on domestically violent men. 30th International Symposium on Social Work with Groups, Cologne, Germany, June 2008.
Assessment of Depressive Mood in Geriatric Clients: Tools and Resources. 2008-09 Annual conference of Pennsylvania NASW chapter. October, 2008.
Family Group Decision Making (FGDM): Moving towards restorative justice in child welfare. (co-presented with Ms. Jennifer Wallis, Berks County Children and Youth Services), 2007-08Annual conference of Pennsylvania NASW chapter , Pittsburgh, spring 2008.
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