DSW Faculty

The Doctor of Social Work program will be instructed by talented members of our faculty.  To read more about the faculty members, click on their names below.

Kutztown University Faculty

Sharon C. Lyter, LCSW, PhD

KU Doctor of Social Work Program Director

  • Rutgers University, Ph.D.
    • (major, Social Work; minor, Psychopathology)
  • Temple University, M.S.W.
  • East Stroudsburg University, B.A.

John Conahan, LCSW, ACSW, CAC, PhD

  • Marywood University, Ph.D.
  • Marywood University, M.S.W.
  • Belknap College, B.S.

Janice A. Gasker, DSW, LCSW, ACSW

  • University of Pennsylvania, D.S.W.
  • Marywood University, M.S.W.
  • Cedar Crest College, B.A.

Edward P. Hanna, DSW

  • University of Pennsylvania, D.S.W.
  • University of Pennsylvania, M.S.W.
  • Colby College, B.S.

Yoon Mi Kim, PhD

  • University of Pittsburgh, Ph.D.
  • California State University, LA, M.S.W.
  • SungKyunKwan University, South Korea, B.A.

Yasoda Sharma, PhD

  • University of Texas at Arlington, Ph.D.
  • Banaras Hindu University, India, M.S.W.
  • Bangalore University, India, B.A

Stephen Stoeffler, Ph.D., LSW

  • Widener University, Ph.D.
  • Temple University, MSW
  • Shippensburg University, BSW

Juliana Svistova, MSW, Ph.D.

  • University at Albany, State University of New York, Ph.D.
  • University at Albany, State University of New York, M.S.W
  • University of Latvia, B.S.W.

John Vafeas, LSW, DSW

  • University of Pennsylvania, D.S.W.
  • University of Pennsylvania, M.S.W.
  • Winthrop University, B.A.
  • KATEE, Heraklion Crete, Greece, Social Work Diploma

Fang-Hsun Wei, MS, PhD

  • University of Texas at Arlington, Ph.D
  • Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan, MS--Social Work
  • Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan, BS

Mary Rita Weller, PhD, LSW

  • Widener University, Ph.D.
  • Temple University, M.S.W.
  • State University College of NY , B.A.

Barth Yeboah, LSW, DSW

  • University of Pennsylvania, D.S.W.
  • University of Delhi, M.S.W.
  • Jamia Millia Islamia, B.S.W.
Quotation Mark

The support from many instructors to pursue the ideas that were most important to me in my work and to find ways to overcome barriers to find success. One simply conversation with a professor at an in-person residency launched further conversations resulting in the path for my dissertation and my future career to effect real change in social work leadership within the field.

Mindy McCormick, DSW 2021
Mindy McCormick
Millersville University Faculty

Joyous Bethel, PhD

  • Barry University, Ph.D.
  • University of Oklahoma, M.S.W.
  • University of Oklahoma, B.A.

Marc Felizzi, PhD

  • Widener University, Ph.D.
  • Delaware State University, M.S.W.
  • Glassboro State College, B.A

Leonora Foels, PhD

  • Barry University, Ph.D.
  • Simmons College, M.S.W.
  • Webber College, B.S.

Heather L. Girvin, PhD

  • Bryn Mawr, Ph.D.
  • Bryn Mawr, M.S.S.
  • Dickinson College, B.A.

Laura Brierton Granruth, PhD

DSW Co-Director

  • Catholic University of America, Ph.D.
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, M.S.W.
  • Fordham University, B.A.

David Johnson, PhD

  • University of Texas at Austin, Ph.D.
  • University of Southern Mississippi, M.S.W.
  • Mars Hill College, B.A.

Curtis Proctor, PhD

  • Case Western Reserve University, Ph.D.
  • University of Iowa, M.S.W.
  • University of Oklahoma, B.S.W.

Alex Redcay, LCSW, PhD

  • Rutgers University, Ph.D. in Social Work
  • Southern Connecticut State University, M.S.W.
  • Truman State University, B.A. in Psychology

Karen Rice, PhD

  • University Maryland Baltimore, Ph.D.
  • Temple University, M.S.W.
  • Millersville University, B.A.

Kathleen M. Walsh, PhD

  • University of Maryland Baltimore, Ph.D.
  • University of Maryland Baltimore, M.S.W.
  • University of Maryland Baltimore, B.S.W.