UW School of Social Work

4101 15th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105-6299

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Main Phone: 206-543-5640
Fax: 206-543-1228

Emiko A. Tajima

Emiko A. Tajima


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Associate Professor Emiko A. Tajima’s scholarship is equity-driven, with a focus on advancing prevention and system change to improve child and family well-being, especially for marginalized groups. Attuned to the need for socially just, evidence-based and culturally relevant supports for children, families and communities, Dr. Tajima is committed to anti-racist institutional and structural analysis and reform.

Jean Kruzich

Jean Kruzich


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Associate Professor Jean Kruzich, who began teaching at the School in 1991, is retiring at the end of the 2018–19 academic year. During the past 28 years, Dr. Kruzich made significant contributions in research, scholarship and teaching, and with her deep understanding of organizations and administration, she has been a tireless champion of School staff. 

Poonam Lata

Poonam Lata


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Poonam Lata has been with CWTAP for more than 20 years. She earned her BS/BA from the University of Washington. She joined CWTAP as a program coordinator and has served in all five CWTAP Department of Children Youth and Families (DCYF) field practicum sites. She enjoys the engagement with CWTAP students in training for the field of social work as well as the social workers to support children and families.in the DCYF practicum. She is very proud of her Indo-Fijian culture and community and loves to share her knowledge and love with her CWTAP family and students.

Edwina S. Uehara

Edwina S. Uehara


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National leader in innovative social work science, service and practice, Edwina (Eddie) Satsuki Uehara joined the University of Washington faculty in 1990 and was named Dean of the School of Social Work in 2006. 

Tanya Ranchigoda

Tanya Ranchigoda


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Tanya Ranchigoda is a first generation Sri Lankan, Canadian, American. Tanya has been a faculty lecturer at the graduate School of Social Work at the University of Washington since 2010 and has also taught at the newly emerging Seattle University MSW program. In addition, she maintains a private mental health practice where she focuses on supporting individuals and families with adjustment to chronic/terminal illness, significant life transitions, grief and loss, and crisis intervention. She provides individual and group MSW supervision with a focus on BIPOC communities.

Aida V. Wells

Aida V. Wells


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Aida Wells is a bilingual and bicultural clinician with interests that focus on health, mental health and a multigenerational health practice. She joined the School of Social Work in 2014 as a lecturer and Field Education faculty member. Prior to joining the School of Social Work, Aida worked for several local medical centers, including Swedish Medical Center, Virginia Mason and most recently Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Norma Timbang

Norma Timbang


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Norma Timbang is known for her skill in building effective working relationships with community activists and legislators. She has been instrumental in community campaigns that focus on human rights and immigrant issues. She also has extensive experience organizing around issues affecting Asian American women, especially domestic violence and human trafficking.
 

Alice Ryan

Alice Ryan


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Alice Ryan began her social work career more than 26 years ago and has worked for different hospitals and health care settings, including Seattle Children’s Hospital for more than 22 years, where she managed the hospital’s bereavement program for child loss. Her work has focused on loss and separation, especially,  the needs of patient and families as illness progressed towards the end of life, which eventually led her to her current work in grief and bereavement support, with special emphasis on the experience of complicated grief through the death of a child.

William Vesneski

William Vesneski


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Dr. Vesneski joined the School of Social Work faculty as a full-time lecturer in 2015. He teaches across the MSW curriculum as well as in the social welfare doctoral program. His research focuses on child welfare law and policy and he publishes in both social work and legal journals.

Maureen O. Marcenko

Maureen O. Marcenko


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Dr. Maureen Marcenko holds a bachelor of science in education and a master of social work from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. In 1988, she earned a doctorate in social welfare from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Her primary research and practice commitments are to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families, particularly those served by the child welfare and other public agencies. Dr. Marcenko retired Dec. 31, 2021.