Faculty & Staff

Faculty Highlights

Dr. Jennifer Portz Receives NIH Fellowship

Jennifer Portz

Dr. Jennifer Portz has been awarded an NIH funded Fellowship in Palliative Care and Aging Research in the School of Medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz.

Her two mentors at Anschutz are Drs. Sheana Bull, expert in technology-based health promotion, and Rebecca Boxer, expert in heart failure management. Dr. Jean Kutner is the Director of the NRSA that focuses on training investigators in research related to older adults with serious illness and is also Head of the Division of General Internal Medicine.

During this 2-year award, Jennifer will research two specific health technologies (a heart failure mobile application and an electronic personal health record) and explore strategies for integrating these technologies in palliative care workflows. She will also receive advanced training/coursework in health information technologies, palliative care practice, heart failure management, and participate in a number of targeted biostatistics and methodology courses.

(May 2016)


Leah Barrett Receives Human Relations Award

Leah Barrett

Instructor Leah Barrett was among the recipients chosen for their promoting acceptance and diversity in Fort Collins.

The City of Fort Collins Human Relations Commission announced the recipients of the 2015 Human Relations Award and honored them at a ceremony on Tuesday, December 1.

These awards complement a proclamation by Mayor Wade Troxell read on December 1. The proclamation declares December 10 International Human Rights Day in Fort Collins. More information on the criteria considered for the Human Relations Award may be found at http://www.fcgov.com/hra/.

Congratulations to Leah and thanks for your dedication to our community!

(November 2015)


Dr. Orsi Discusses SWRC Research on PART Canada Podcast

Becky Orsi

This past summer, Dr. Rebecca Orsi spent time visiting with a staff member at PART Canada (Practice and Research Together). She discussed a recent article based on research conducted at the Social Work Research Center and funded by the Applied Research in Child Welfare (ARCh) project. ARCh is an innovative research-practice partnership among eleven county child welfare agencies, the Colorado Department of Human Services and Colorado State University. She discussed the study entitled “Predicting re-involvement for children adopted out of a public child welfare system.” Results of the study suggest that child welfare agencies provide a special focus on supporting for Hispanic adoptive families and on seeking older adoptive parents with whom to place older children.

Listen to the entire podcast here (dated October 2, 2015).

(November 2015)


SWRC Researchers Present Work at National Conference

Helen Holmquist-Johnson, Zach Timpe, Becky Orsi, and Kristy Beachy-Quick at the American Evaluation Conference in Chicago in November 2015

Researchers from SWRC presented work at the American Evaluation Association Conference in Chicago this November. The theme of the conference was “Exemplary Evaluations in a Multicultural World” and brought together researchers, evaluators, program staff, and funders from around the world for three days of discussion and learning. Two SWRC presentations were included in multi-paper sessions: Zach Timpe and Kristy Beachy-Quick presented data from the first year of the SafeCare Colorado cost study, included with a session on cost evaluation. Kristy Beachy-Quick, Helen Holmquist-Johnson, and Becky Orsi presented process data from the SafeCare Colorado evaluation, included with a session on Social Work practice.

(November 2015)


Marc Winokur & Co-authors Win 2015 Gibbs Award

Marc Winokur

Social Work Research Center Director Marc Winokur and co-authors Amy Holtan and Keri Batchelder's updated review, "Kinship Care for the Safety, Permanency, and Well-Being of Children Removed from the Home for Maltreatment: A Systematic Review", has been selected for the Leonard E. Gibbs Award from the Campbell Collaboration.

As part of this award, they'll receive a commemorative plaque and complimentary registration for one of the review authors to attend the Campbell Collaboration Colloquium next October in London where the award will be presented.

Many congratulations to Marc and the review team on winning this award (and for the second time)!

(October 2015)


Sen. John Kefalas Named Top Advocate for State Health Initiative

John Kefalas

The Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, a nonpartisan organization that advocates for health-care consumers, named State Senator and School of Social Work instructor John Kefalas its legislative advocate of the year.

This past legislative session Kefalas crafted legislation to make sure that children with Autism Spectrum Disorder have access to early intervention treatments like applied behavioral analysis. He also worked to expand telehealthcare services.

The Denver Post has a nice article on the honor. Congratulations and our thanks to Sen. Kefalas!



(June 2015)


Becky Orsi Selected for Upbring Funding

Becky Orsi

Dr. Rebecca Orsi, as lead author, was selected among five finalists to be funded by Upbring. Upbring focuses on funding initiatives that are aimed at understanding and improving five key areas of child welfare: education, health, life skills, safety, and vocation. Their goal is to to establish best practices for building protective factors for children in the child welfare system.

The title of her work is “Special and mental health needs of children investigated for maltreatment: An analysis from the second National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-being” by Rebecca Orsi, Ph.D.; Caroline Kistin, M.D., M.Sc.; Zachary Timpe, M.S.

Congratulations Becky on this accomplishment!



(May 2015)


Eunhee Choi Selected as a RAND Summer Institute Fellow

Eunhee Choi

Dr. Eunhee Choi has been selected, through a highly competitive selection process, as a RAND Summer Institute Fellow. As such, she will be attending multiple master lecture series given by expert clinicians and researchers in July. One set of lectures will be the "Mini-Medial School for Social Scientists” and the second will be “Demography, Economics, Psychology, and Epidemiology of Aging.” The conferences are sponsored by the National Institute on Aging and the National Institutes of Health Office of Behavioral and Social Scientists Research. This will be a great opportunity for her to connect with a broad range of interdisciplinary researchers in the area of healthy aging and enrich her research work.

Join us in congratulating her in this accomplishment!


(May 2015)


Dr. Choi Receives Early Investigator Award

Eunhee Choi

Faculty member Eunhee Choi has been awarded the College’s Early Investigator Award. The title of her project is: "Neglected Health Disparity in the Labor Market: Older Workers with Physically Demanding Jobs and their Cognitive Deterioration."

This is a great opportunity for her to have funding for data analysis and publication work. We know she will make important contributions to her field and this is a great way to help her on that pathway.

Congratulations Eunhee!




(April 2015)


Look who’s outstanding! - Field Education Team

Colorado State University School of Social Work Field Education Team

(Pictured from left: Mary Carraher, Joyce Takacs, Sue Tungate, and Keli Murray (with CLOE Director Dorothy Farrel). Not pictured: Liz Davis, Amy Riep.)

The CSU Employee Appreciation Board recently recognized the Social Work Department’s Field Education Team.

There's a nice article in Source on the Team.

The Field Education Team was recognized at the School of Social Work council meeting on Thursday, February 12 with specialty chocolates and a variety of CSU items they could choose from. Congratulations, Field Education Team. Job well done!

(April 2015)


Brenda Miles selected for Best Teacher Award

Brenda Miles

Faculty member Brenda Miles was selected as one of the Alumni Association’s 2015 Best Teacher Award Recipients.

There were only 6 across the University who received this award.

For details on the award and the presentation dinner on April 20, 2015 please see this article.

We knew you were a great teacher already, but it is wonderful for you to have this outstanding recognition and honor! Congratulations!




(March 2015)


Ben Granger (1931-2015), HABIC Co-Director and Faculty Emeritus, Honored at State Capitol

Georgia Granger and State Senator John Kefalas

On February 11, 2015 Human-Animal Bond in Colorado's Ben Granger was honored at the State Capitol. (Georgia Granger, HABIC founder, and John Kefalas, state senator and School of Social Work instructor, are pictured with the official document from the Colorado State Legislature). Dr. Granger, who died on January 9th, was a professor and former director of the CSU School of Social Work.

(February 2015)


Farewell to CLOE Director & Assistant Professor Nancy Banman

Nancy Banman

After 21 years with the School of Social Work at CSU, Nancy Banman, Assistant Professor and Director of the Social Work Center on Continued Learning and Outreach Education (CLOE), leaves to become Associate Professor of Social Work at Bluffton College in Ohio. We thank her for her service to our school, community, and the state, and wish her well in her future endeavors!

Photos of the farewell celebration are in an album on our Facebook page.



(December 2014)


School's Director Awarded Grant

Audrey Shillington

Audrey Shillington, Director of the School of Social Work at Colorado State University, in collaboration with Dr. Christian Itin and Dawn Matera of Metropolitan State University of Denver, was awarded a three-year training grant. The grant is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for a total of $1.2 million. Stipends will be awarded to MSW students in their concentration year from both CSU and MSU. The aim of the project is workforce development and expansion in behavioral health. The in-depth training will be focused on at-risk youth for, or who have developed, mental health and/or substance use disorders. The project has a particular focus for inter-professional learning experiences at integrated primary care settings and work with multilingual and multicultural populations.

(October 2014)


Article Selected as Best of the Year by Prestigious Journal

CSU School of Social Work-associated faculty Kim Bundy-Fazioli, Louise Quijano, and Roe Bubar

An article by Dr. Kim Bundy-Fazioli, Dr. Louise Quijano, and Dr. Roe Bubar, "Graduate Students' Perceptions of Professional Power in Social Work Practice," which appeared in the Winter 2013 issue of the Journal of Social Work Education, has been chosen as the JSWE Best Research Article for volume 49. Dr. Bundy-Fazioli was a member of our faculty until recently, Dr. Quijano is our MSW Program Director, and Dr. Bubar is an Associate Professor on joint appointment with the Ethnic Studies Department. Congratulations on authoring an important article for our profession!

(July 2014)


Dr. Becky Orsi Assists With Newspaper Article

Becky Orsi

Dr. Orsi was interviewed and quoted extensively in a Berthoud Weekly Surveyor article on Ukranian orphans. An area couple founded a non-profit organization in 2007 to help orphans in the Ukraine and now the country's situation is worsening due to the war with Russia. Dr. Orsi, who is involved in research on children who have been adopted through the U.S.'s child welfare system, provided insights and background on the challenges that orphans and those who want to help them face.




(July 2014)


Dr. Louise Quijano - New MSW Program Director

Louise Quijano

Dr. Quijano, who has been with the School of Social Work since 2007, takes over from our School's Director, Dr. Audrey Shillington, who was also directing the MSW Program. Congratulations!








(June 2014)


Dr. Deb Valentine Appointed to Emeritus Faculty Status

Deb Valentine

Congratulations Dr. Valentine! Thank you for your service!






(June 2014)


Dr. Brad Sheafor's Article Published in a Special Edition of Advances in Social Work

Brad Sheafor

Dr. Brad Sheafor, Emeritus Faculty, was invited to contribute an article to a special Eyewitness to History edition of the journal Advances in Social Work. The article, entitled "The Professionalization of Baccalaureate-Level Social Work," chronicles his professional development with a parallel development in the profession itself.

CSU played a critical role nationally in the development of baccalaureate social work education, and Dr. Sheafor's contribution was instrumental in that effort.

(May 2014)



Jennifer Parker & Louise Quijano NASW Meeting Presentations

Jenn Parker & Louise Quijano

(Jennifer Parker and Louise Quijano)

Louise Quijano, PhD, LCSW, and Jennifer Parker, LCSW, presented on “Developing Clinical Social Work Skills” at the Northern Region NASW meeting on March 27th. Dr. Quijano presented on Cognitive Behavior Therapy with Adults and Jennifer Parker presented on the Treatment of Children Using Play Therapy.

(April 2014)


Milestones - 2014

Colorado State is proud to take time to recognize those whose contributions have helped advance Colorado State. An annual celebration honors new retirees and those achieving service milestones. This year's celebration event was held at the Hilton Fort Collins at 4 p.m. on April 30.

Nancy Banman, Sue Tungate, Maria Puig, Deb Valentine

Congratulations to Nancy Banman and Sue Tungate on 20 years of service (pictured left and left-center), and to Maria Puig (right center) who is retiring after 17 years, and Deb Valentine (right) who is retiring after 12 years of service.

Thank you for your dedication!

(April 2014)