Wheelock Announces Worcester MSW Faculty

April 09, 2012

The Wheelock College Department of Social Work announced the faculty for its off campus Master of Social Work program to be offered in Worcester, MA. Housed at St. Peter Marian High School, classes will begin in September of 2012.

The faculty members for the academic year 2012 - 2013 are:

Margaret (Peg) Whalen, Ph.D., will teach Human Behavior in the Social Environment I in the fall. Dr. Whalen earned her doctorate at Michigan State University. Her dissertation was entitled "Measuring MSW Attitudes toward Poverty and the Poor: a Tool for Evaluating Social Work Outcomes". Dr. Whalen has taught at Michigan State University and has extensive experience in clinical research.

Roy Old Person, MSW, will teach The Dynamics of Oppression and Discrimination course in the fall. He has completed his course work toward his Ph.D. at the University of Washington in Seattle. His dissertation topic is "Restoration of the Sacred Hoop: Meaning Making of Health and Wellness among Two Spirit Men". He is currently an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Wheelock College.

James Bourque, MSW, will teach Social Welfare Policy in the fall. He is a graduate of Boston University, and a former United Way Executive Director from NJ. He is a part-time Instructor in Social Work at Wheelock College and the Coordinator of the Worcester MSW off campus program.

Andrea LaJoie-Ward, MSW, will teach Human Behavior in the Social Environment II in the spring semester. She is a MSW graduate of Wheelock College, and is currently working is a clinical social worker in Holyoke and a consultant to a number of day care centers across Hampden County.

Jude Gonsalves, PhD, will teach the Foundation of Social Research course in the spring. He is a graduate of the University of Madras in Chennai, India. His dissertation topic was "Organizational Behavior in a Public Limited Company", and he is currently the Director of the Social Work Program at Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA.

Student Advisor will be Castagna Lacet, who will be graduating with her Ph.D. from Boston College in May. Her dissertation was on the topic "Trauma and Resilience: the Relocation Experiences of Haitian Women Earthquake Survivors." She is an Instructor of Social Work at Wheelock College. Dr. Lacet is active in the Haitian Mental Health Network.

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