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Faculty Spotlight – Lucinda Rasmussen

Like many Social Workers in the field, Dr. Lucinda A. Lee Rasmussen began her career to make a difference in the world.  She received her BS in Psychology and began her professional career as a psychiatric technician in a geriatric unit at a Utah State Hospital for individuals with severe mental illness. Social Workers at […]

Faculty Spotlight – Amanda Lee

Amanda Lee, LCSW, attended the University of California, San Diego for her B.S. in General Biology and obtained her MSW at the University of California, Berkeley with a concentration in Gerontology. Ms. Lee was inspired early on to pursue a career in social work based on her volunteer and work experience at skilled nursing and memory […]

Faculty Spotlight – Jennifer Cosio

Jennifer Cosio was the first in her family to graduate from college and attend graduate school.  She earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work, with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential, at San Diego State University (SDSU).  Jennifer said that her journey to college was not easy.  Jennifer grew up in a military […]

Faculty Spotlight – Cheryl James

Cheryl James is a first-generation college student and is passionate about empowering students to pursue higher education.  An an alumna of SDSU School of Social Work, she received her undergraduate and Master’s degree in Social Work from SDSU and has over twenty years of clinical social work experience. Cheryl also holds a professional license in […]

Faculty Spotlight – Rosalind Corbett

Rosalind Corbett is a lecturer in the undergraduate social work program. She has a Master of Science Degree in Counseling Psychology, a Doctor of Divinity Degree and is a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor.  She began her career at Temple University in Pennsylvania as a career development counselor.  Rosalind’s career journey took a different path when […]

Faculty Spotlight – Dr. María Luisa Zúñiga

María Luisa Zúñiga is an epidemiologist and an avid global traveler.  She received her Master’s degree at UC San Diego in Pacific International Affairs and Public Policy and her Doctorate in Public Health/Epidemiology from the UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health.  She is a professor in the School of Social Work and associate adjunct […]

Faculty Spotlight – Saman Yaghmaee

Dr. Saman Yaghmaee has been a lecturer with the School of Social Work since 2006.  He received his Master’s degree in Counseling and doctorate in Education from SDSU all while working with non-profit organizations and governmental agencies.  He has served on numerous task force, advisory committees and board of directors for local and state organizations, […]

Faculty Spotlight – Lianne Urada

Lianne Urada, PhD, MSW, LCSW is an Assistant Professor at SDSU in the School of Social Work, with a focus on Community Development within the Macro Social Work track. She received her BA (Psychology), MSW, and PhD in Social Welfare at UCLA, and served as a Social Welfare Field Faculty member at UCLA for over four […]

Faculty Spotlight – Susan Woodruff

Dr. Susan I. Woodruff is a Professor and Associate Director of Research in the school of Social Work.  She earned a master’s degree in experimental psychology from SDSU and a doctorate in epidemiology from a joint program between SDSU and UCSD—she is a true Aztec!  Dr. Woodruff is a researcher with special interest in health […]

Faculty Spotlight – Lance Segars

“I’m an alcohologist!” Dr. Lance Segars earned his master’s degree in clinical psychology from SDSU. While earning his degree he worked at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital in their alcohol treatment facility. After graduation, Dr. Segars began coordinating alcohol programs with Vista Hill Foundation in Imperial County. He ran a recovery home and a detox center. […]