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Susan Thompson, SOWK Student Services & Admissions Coordinator
129 Senior Hall / Mail Stop: SNR 102
Cheney, WA 99004
phone: 509.359.6485
fax: 509.359.6475


Below, you will find a listing of faculty for the school of Social Work. If you are unsure of whom to contact with your questions, please call the main office at 509.359.6482.
  • Bipasha Biswas
    Bipasha Biswas
    Associate Professor
    Senior Hall 102 (Office: SNR 332)
    Phone: 509.359.7339
    Fax: 509.359.4568

    MSW Bombay University, PhD Washington University. Scholarly interests include epidemiology and etiology of risky sexual behaviors, HIV/AIDS prevention, and international social work.

  • Lu Brown
    Lu Brown
    Senior Lecturer, Associate Director of Field Education. MSW Eastern Washington University. Scholarly interests include policy advocacy and social justice.

    Memorial Video:  Lu Brown

    A scholarship will be established to honor Lu. Contributions may be made to the EWU Foundation in memory of LuAnn Brown by mail: EWU Foundation, 102 Hargreaves Hall, Cheney WA 99004; or online at:

    To all Students, Colleagues, and Friends of Lu Brown, MSW,

    As you might have already heard, the School of Social Work lost a most important member to our social work team when Lu Brown passed away on Thursday of last week.

    Lu served the social work profession, our communities, and the EWU School of Social Work for over two decades as a Senior Lecturer and Associate Director of the Field Education Program. However, this recitation of credentials is simply inadequate to capture and express the influence Lu had on our School.

    Lu was a tireless promoter of social justice and progressive policy advocacy, and used her academic position and magnificent educational skills and leadership to imbue students and colleagues with a sense of the ongoing importance of social work values and ethics to our communities. "Communities" is an operative word here because, better than anybody, Lu understood how to build communities from the collaborative and meaningful cooperation of students, field agencies, and regional public servants.

    Lu's intense advocacy for social justice had a most persistent and impressive impact on all those who were in a position to be persuaded to put their hearts together in the building of community social spirit and a genuine commitment to the homeless, friendless and impoverished persons of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. A consistent sentiment from those who were her students over the years is that Lu made them enthusiastic about being social workers.  

    We welcome all of her students, EWU alumni, community field partners and colleagues to join us in celebrating Lu's life and numerous gifts to our communities and profession. Our EWU School of Social Work and College of Social Sciences will be hosting a memorial to Lu in the very near future, and we will share relevant details on this site when they are finalized.  

    Lu's legacy most assuredly does not end with her passing. It lives on in all those social work professionals who have been influenced in countless ways by Lu's enthusiasm and commitment to educating her colleagues and friends about the basic human condition and all the myriad ways we can improve it in our communities.  

    Andrew B. Israel, MSW, JD
    Eastern Washington University School of Social Work     

  • Ed Byrnes, PhD
    Ed Byrnes, PhD
    Professor/BASW Program Director
    Senior Hall 102 (Office: SNR 316)
    Phone: 509.359.2294
    Fax: 509.359.4568

    BASW Program Director. MSW and PhD University of Utah. Scholarly interests include juvenile and criminal justice, social justice, and program evaluation.

  • Stacey Chay
    Stacey Chay
    Lecturer, Director of the MSW Hybrid Program
    668 N. Riverpoint Blvd, Eastern Washington Center, Room 221
    Phone: 509.828.1406

    Stacey Chay joined the EWU School of Social Work in Fall 2011 as a Faculty Field Instructor. She is now the Program Director for the Spokane based MSW Hybrid program. She has a A.S. in Paralegal Studies, specializing in Landlord-Tenant Law, a B.S. in Psychology and a BASW. She received her MSW from the Eastern Washington University in 2003. She has worked in a number of different practice settings including Children's Administration, Frontier Behavioral Health and the Spokane County Regional Support Network.  Her practice interests include: behavioral health and substance use disorders, suicide prevention, law and ethics and policy.

  • Mary Ann Clute, PhD
    Mary Ann Clute, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Senior Hall 102 (Office: SNR 330)
    Phone: 509.359.2377
    Fax: 509.359.4568

    Associate Professor. MSW Eastern Washington University, PhD Mandel School of Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. Scholarly interests include hospice care and grief and loss.

  • Grace Creasman
    Grace Creasman
    Director of the Addiction Studies (ADST) Program/Senior Lecturer
    Phase 1, #239 (Mail Stop: RPT 239)
    Phone: 509.828.1437
    Fax: 509.255.7252
    MSW Eastern Washington University, MA Adult Education. Scholarly interests include addiction studies and online learning.
  • Thomas Crofoot
    Thomas Crofoot
    EWU: Senior Hall 102 | Clark College: BHL 127
    Phone: EWU: 509.359.4586

    MSW Portland State University, PhD University of Washington. Scholarly interests include mental health and substance abuse, American Indian and Alaskan Native children and families.

  • Kathryn DePaolis
    Kathryn DePaolis
    Assistant Professor
    Senior Hall 102 (Office: SNR 216)
    Phone: 509.359.4538
    Fax: 509.359.4568

    MSW University of Illinois at Chicago, PhD from University of Kansas. Her scholarly and research interests include bullying and peer victimization, with a specific interest in cyberbullying, among children and adolescents and anti-bullying prevention and intervention strategies; social policy; and social justice.

  • Beth Halaas
    Beth Halaas
    Assistant Professor
    Senior Hall 102 (Office: SNR 328)
    Phone: 509.359.6480
    Fax: 509.359.4568

    MSW UCLA, EdD Cal State University, Northridge.  Scholarly interests include gatekeeping and suitability in social work higher education, implementation science/translational research and organizational leadership in practice settings.

  • Timothy Hilton, PhD
    Timothy Hilton, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Senior Hall 102 (Office: SNR 214)
    Phone: 509.359.6832
    Fax: 509.359.4568

    MSW and PhD University of Chicago.  Research interests include: homelessness and poverty, employment and low-wage work, and organizational theory.

  • Israel, Andrew B., MSW, JD
    Israel, Andrew B., MSW, JD
    Professor, Director & Chair
    Senior Hall 102 (Office: SNR 116)
    Phone: (509)-359-4567
    Fax: (509)-359-4568

    Andrew B. Israel is Director and Chair of the School of Social Work. As a licensed attorney, he received his Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University in 1982, where he served as Lead Articles Editor of the Syracuse Law Review, and subsequently his Master of Social Work degree from New Mexico Highlands University. He is the author of Applied Law in the Behavioral Health Professions (Lang, 2002) and Using the Law: Practice Decision Making in Mental Health (Lyceum, 2011) . Dr. Israel formerly served as Associate Dean and Interim Dean of the New Mexico Highlands School of Social Work. His primary interests lie in legal and ethical decision-making, social policy analysis, community organizing and grant writing.

  • Shawnti Johnson
    Shawnti Johnson
    Lecturer & Everett MSW Director
    915 N. Broadway, 307, Everett, WA 98201
    Phone: (425) 405-1629
    Fax: N/A

    Shawnti Johnson joined the EWU School of Social Work in Spring 2015 as a Faculty Field Instructor for the Child Welfare Training & Advancement Program (CWTAP). She is now the Program Director for the Everett based MSW Hybrid program. She earned her MSW from the University of Washington - Seattle in 2004 with a focus in Public Child Welfare. Her practice interests include: Public Child Welfare, Social Justice, Diversity Equity & Inclusion, Mental Health in Communities of Color, Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue & Secondary Traumatic Stress.

  • Jodi Kerbs
    Jodi Kerbs
    Lecturer, Vancouver Part-time MSW & BASE Program Director.
    EWU at Clark College
    Phone: 360.992.2082
    MSW and PhD Portland State University. Scholarly interests include juvenile justice, children and family services, mental health and disabilities.
  • Rie Kobayashi
    Rie Kobayashi
    Associate Professor
    Phase I, Room 218; 668 North Riverpoint Blvd., Spokane (Mail Stop: RPT 239)
    Phone: 509.828.1335
    Fax: 509.359.4568

    MSW and PhD Michigan State University. Scholarly interests include interdisciplinary collaborations and social work in healthcare settings.

  • Hayley Lake
    Hayley Lake
    Addiction Studies (ADST) Senior Lecturer
    Senior Hall 102 (Office: SNR 324)
    Phone: 509.359.6914
    Fax: 509.359.4568

    BS and MS Eastern Washington University.  Scholarly interests include coexisting behavioral & mental health disorders and addictions. She holds a certificate in online course development from the University of Wisconsin.

  • Vernon Loke
    Vernon Loke
    Senior Hall 102 (Office: SNR 322)
    Phone: 509.359.4564
    Fax: 509.359.4568
    M Soc Sci (Social Work) National University of Singapore, PhD George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University. Scholarly interests include asset building and economic empowerment of disadvantaged populations, and program evaluation.
  • Cynthia Nover, PhD, LCSW
    Cynthia Nover, PhD, LCSW
    Assistant Professor
    Phase I, Room 217; 668 North Riverpoint Blvd., Spokane (Mail Stop: RPT 239)
    Phone: 509.828.1209
    Fax: 509.359.6475

    Nover, Cynthia, Assistant Professor. MSW, California State University, Sacramento, PhD, University of Utah. Scholarly interests include: health care, health disparities, chronic illness and behavioral health.


  • Amanda Reedy
    Amanda Reedy
    Graduate Program Director & Associate Professor
    Senior Hall 102 (Office: SNR 229)
    Phone: 509.359.6486
    Fax: 509.359.4568

    MSW and PhD The University of Iowa. Scholarly interests include co-existing disorders and veterans and their families.

  • Deborah V. Svoboda, MSW PhD
    Deborah V. Svoboda, MSW PhD
    Associate Professor, Affiliated Faculty of Women’s and Gender Studies
    Senior Hall 102 (Office: SNR 326)
    Phone: (509)-359-6470
    Fax: (509)-359-4568

    Deb Svoboda received a MSW from Rutgers University in New Jersey and a PhD in Social Work from the University of Maryland in Baltimore. She has twenty years of experience post MSW working in domestic violence and rape crisis centers. Deb's teaching and research interests revolve around community building, feminist teaching structures, building women's leadership, organizational development, and justice seeking policy construction related to gender based violence and economic disparity. 


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