Faculty & Staff | Master of Social Work

Del Quest
Program Director, Assistant Professor

Del Quest received her PhD in Social Work and Social Research from Portland State University in 2014 and her Master of Social Work from University of Denver in 2004. She has practiced as a clinical social worker in an adolescent residential treatment facility which served youth experiencing substance abuse and mental health diagnoses and youth in out of home placements. Her primary focus both as a researcher and social work educator is on suicide prevention and intervention. Her goals are to help those impacted by the death of a loved one to heal from the loss, and to support other clinicians as they cope with the loss of a client.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.