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PhD Student Spotlight

The School of Social Work offers a doctoral degree in Social Work. Our primary objective is to prepare practicing MSW social workers for a career in academia or research. The degree is a doctor of philosophy (PhD) and is the only PhD program at a public university in an eight state region. Please see our PhD program section for more information.


The 2014 PhD Cohort

Colorado State University School of Social Work PhD students Steven Baldwin, Denise Raven, Reuben Addo, and Cortney Worrell


From left to right: Steven Baldwin, Denise Raven, Reuben Addo, and Cortney Worrell

(Dec. 2015)


Jo Fjelstrom at Grad Student Showcase

Colorado State University School of Social Work PhD student Jo Fjelstrom with a poster of her research proposal


Congratulations to Ph.D. student Jo Fjelstrom on her proposal for research "Perspectives and Experiences of Atheist Social Work Students on Spirituality in the Curriculum" being accepted for presentation at the first Graduate Student Showcase!

(Mar. 2015)


Reuben Addo at Grad Student Showcase

Colorado State University School of Social Work PhD student Reuben Addo with a poster of his research proposal


Congratulations to Ph.D. student Rueben Addo on his proposal for research "Heavy Use of Marijuana Associated with Heavy Use of Other Substances" being accepted for presentation at the first Graduate Student Showcase!

(Mar. 2015)


Ph.D. Students' Article Published in Prestigious Journal

Colorado State University School of Social Work PhD students


School of Social Work Ph.D. students Shannon Harrison, Amy M. Smart, Regina Richards, Manuel Carrillo, and Annie J. Keeney (pictured from left), along with faculty advisor Deborah Valentine (not pictured), recently had their research article "Human Rights and Social Work Codes of Ethics: An International Analysis" published in the Journal of Social Welfare and Human Rights.

Their research aimed to identify ways that the ideals of human rights are reflected in the international social work community's codes of ethics.

Congratulations on this accomplishment!

(Feb. 2015)


Congratulations to Dr. Ping-tzu Lee - our first PhD graduate from the School of Social Work!

Dr. Ping-tzu Lee (center) with (from left) Dr. Louise Jennings, Dr. Emily Dakin, Dr. Louise Quijano, and Dr. Ben Granger

New doctor Ping-tzu Lee (center) with Dr. Louise Jennings, Dr. Emily Dakin (advisor), Dr. Louise Quijano, and Dr. Ben Granger (advisor) after her dissertation defense "From Traditional Therapy to Equine-Assisted Therapy: Mental Health Practitioners' Experiences." We're so proud of you!

(June 2014)