Amy E. Stein, MSW, LCSW

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Instructor
Old Main 354 
Kutztown, PA 19530 
Phone: 484-646-4308
Fax: 610-683-4383
astein@kutztown.edu

Biographical Statement

 Amy E. Stein is a Ph.D. Candidate at Bryn Mawr College, has a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from Rutgers University, has a B.A. in psychology from The College of New Jersey and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Professor Stein taught in the BSW program at West Chester University as adjunct faculty for six years.  As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Professor Stein counseled and taught children, adolescents and adults in alternative schools, on nature preserves, farms, a wilderness therapy program in northern Maine, hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, an inner-city community health center and school-based health centers in Worcester, MA, including immigrants and refugees, as well as Latino and Native American populations for more than 20 years. She is presently co-authoring  academic publications for peer-reviewed journals on immigrant and refugee populations and environmental degradation on Native American reservations. Professor Stein presents qualitative research related to immigrant and refugee populations at annual conferences, such as the American Public Health Association (APHA), Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) and the Social Work Voices first annual retreat.

Research Interests:

 Ecological social work, including the impact of natural disasters on marginalized populations

  • Immigrant and refugee populations
  • The impact of displacement on immigrant and refugee populations
  • Community interventions for immigrant and refugee populations, especially community gardening programs
  • Concept of place, including place attachment, place dependence and place identity
  • Environmental degradation on Native American reservations
  • Therapeutic landscapes
  • Mental health and well-being
 Teaching Interests:
  • Social Work Practice with Individuals
  • Communities and Organizations
  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • Race Relations
  • Generalist Social Work Practice
  • Family Systems
  • Ecological Social Work
  • Publications
    • 2019 - Academic publication: Sousa, C., Stein, A., Shapiro, J., Shanfeld, G., Cristaudo, K., Siddiqi, M., Haffield, M., & Reddy, H. (in progress). Stress and coping among refugee parents: Perspectives from service providers
    • 2019 - Academic publication: Stein, A., Sousa, C., Shanfeld, G., Shapiro, J., & Siddiqi, M. (in progress). Improving educational outcomes for refugee youth: Findings from a qualitative study of refugee service providers in Philadelphia
    • 2019 - Academic publication: Stein, A. (in progress). The consequences of environmental degradation on Native American reservations: An exploration of initiatives to address environmental injustice
    • 2010 – Community Works Journal (http://communityworksjournal.org/) April 2010 edition, “Saving Daniel’s Farm”
    • 2005 – The New Farm (www.newfarm.org), Spring 2005, “Reaping What You Sow: The Therapeutic Benefits of Agriculture for Youth” (reprint)
    • 2005 – The Natural Farmer, Spring 2005, “Reaping What You Sow: The Therapeutic Benefits of Agriculture for Youth”
    • 2003 – Fragments: Coping With Attention Deficit Disorder, a nonfiction book published by Routledge (routledge.com), on alternative, ecologically-based approaches to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Conference Presentations
    • 2020 (scheduled January, 2020) - Poster presentation at the annual conference for the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) in Washington, DC, “We Have a Way to Go: Refugee Service Providers' Perspectives on Barriers and Strategies for Improving Educational Outcomes for Refugee Youth”

    • 2019 - (scheduled 11/6/19) Oral presentation at the American Public Health Association, (APHA) Philadelphia, PA, “Improving Educational Outcomes for Refugee Youth: Findings from a Qualitative Study of Refugee Service Providers in Philadelphia”
    • 2019 - Led an “Intellectual Conversation” at the 100 Social Work Voices retreat, Oak Bluffs, MA, on dissertation topic, June 2019
    • 2019 - Poster Presentation, 100 Social Work Voices retreat, Oak Bluffs, MA, “Consequences of Environmental Degradation on Native American Reservations,” June 2019
    • 2018 - Poster Presentation, Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) annual conference, State College, PA, entitled, "Experiencing a Sense of Place in Community Gardening Programs: An Ecological Intervention for Immigrants and Refugees”
    • 2017 - Poster Presentation, American Public Health Association (APHA) Conference, Atlanta, GA, entitled, "Experiencing a Sense of Place in Community Gardening Programs: An Ecological Intervention for Immigrants and Refugees”