Master of Social Work Faculty & Staff

Interim Program Director, Assistant Professor of Social Work

Lalit Khandare received his PhD in Social Work from Indiana University in 2017 and his MA in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, India in 2003. His work focuses on domestic violence, global social work, and human rights. He currently teaches Research Methods and Thesis, Program Evaluation, and Beyond the Cycle of Violence in the MSW program.

Visiting Associate Professor of Social Work

Andrea Doerfler earned her M.S.S.W. in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University. Andrea's clinical work has focused on mental health with children, adolescents and families. She has worked extensively with children in school-based settings, out-of-home placements, in-patient behavioral health and private practice. Her work has also included educator training and consultation, program development and administration. Her research and clinical interests intersect in the area of child witnessing of interpersonal violence.

Interim MSW Director of Field Education

Lorrie completed her BSW in 1993 from Boise State University & her MSW from Northwest Nazarene University in 2003. Her practice background includes over fifteen years in Child Welfare, serving youth, birth parents, and foster families.  She has also served the profession by being an National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Board member in both Idaho & California.  Lorrie has an interest in End of Life issues, and serves as a volunteer with End of Life Choices Oregon (EOLCOR). Lorrie is joining Pacific University with over 15 years of previous social work education experience.

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Killian Kinney recieved both their PhD in Social Work in 2022, and their Master of Social Work (MSW) in 2015 from Indiana University. They're passionate about conducting research that raises awareness and improves the lives of individuals and their communities. Killian's research is guided by the ethos by, with, and for the community and explores LGBTQ health equity and wellbeing with a specialization in participatory action research with trans and nonbinary populations.

Visiting Associate Professor of Social Work

Shala completed her B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in substance abuse prevention at The University of Oregon in 2011, and received her MSW from Pacific University in 2018.  Shala's work is trauma focused; the effects of trauma on the brain and body, grieving trauma, and trauma recovery.  She has worked doing individual therapy, substance use disorder treatment, as a part of the Lane County Adult Treatment Court program, facilitated grief and loss workshops, and created the Medically Assisted Treatment program at Lane County Adult Corrections.

Assistant Professor

Nancy Murakami received her DSW in Clinical Social Work from New York University in 2019 and her MSW from Columbia University in 2005. Specializing in trauma and refugee mental health, her clinical practice has been primarily with survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, war, torture, and forced migration. As a classroom and field educator, she aims to strengthen students’ practice of culturally responsive care, attunement to their own well-being, and development of a trauma lens for all practice. She joined the Master of Social Work faculty at Pacific University in 2020.

Assistant Professor & Director of Field Education

Michelle completed her BA in Psychology from the University of Washington in 2003 and completed her Master of Social Work (MSW) from Portland State University in 2010. She earned her Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) in 2020 from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and holds credentialing as a board approved clinical supervisor in the State of Oregon for social work, professional counseling, and marriage and family therapy. The Association for Play Therapy national board awarded Michelle designation as a registered play therapy supervisor and play therapy educator for pediatric mental health. Michelle’s work encompasses prevention of adverse childhood experiences, non-profit and healthcare administration, and bridges relational cultural theory with education, qualitative research, and clinical practice. This year she joins Pacific in a full-time, tenured track position.

Bachelor of Social Work Program Director

Don Schweitzer received his PhD in Social Work and Social Research from Portland State University in 2011 and his Master of Arts in Social Work from Boise State University in 2005. His research goals are to continue to conduct participatory and qualitative research in an effort to help shape innovative forms of policy, treatment models and service evaluation that can help overcome the problems associated with the homeless and runaway youth. He currently serves as the program director for the Bachelor of Social Work program.

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Assistant Director of Graduate & Professional Admissions | Eugene Campus EDI Coordinator

Sara Summers is the Assistant Director of Graduate & Professional Admissions for Eugene. She also serves as part of the Confidential Advocacy Network.

Scott Velasquez
Program Assistant

Scott Velasquez is the Program Assistant for the Master of Social Work program at the Eugene campus. He holds an Associate of Arts & Science degree from Columbia Basin College, and brings many years of office management and administrative support experience to his current position.