UW School of Social Work

4101 15th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105-6299

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Main Phone: 206-543-5640
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Lara Thompson

Lara Thompson


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Lara Thompson graduated from Washington State University in 1992 with a bachelor's of arts degree in child, consumer and family studies and a minor in sociology. She began her employment with a private agency as a school-based case manager for homeless families whose children attended Seattle public schools.

Emiko A. Tajima

Emiko A. Tajima


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Associate Professor Emiko A. Tajima’s scholarship focuses on the problem of interpersonal violence, seeking to identify points of intersection, cross-systems issues and to build knowledge regarding specialized populations to improve policies and service provision for victims and their children. Dr. Tajima is the executive director of Partners for Our Children.

Jennifer Romich

Jennifer Romich


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Professor Jennie Romich teaches social welfare policy and policy practice classes. 

Jennifer Stuber

Jennifer Stuber


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Associate Professor Jennifer Stuber’s research interests focus on forms of oppression including stigma and discrimination, health disparities, mental health and policy-making processes. She has studied different forms of oppression for families, using means-tested government programs for tobacco users and people living with mental illnesses.

Margaret L. Spearmon

Margaret L. Spearmon


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Dr. Margaret L. Spearmon is a senior lecturer emerita and director for community engagement at the UW School of Social Work. She is the co-founder of Inclusive Engagements, LLC. In social work education, Dr.

Melissa L. Martinson

Melissa L. Martinson


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Associate Professor Melissa Martinson's research focuses on inequities in health and wellbeing throughout the life span, both in the United States and internationally. In particular, her work examines the wide health divide between the United States and other wealthy, developed nations. Within that comparative context, Dr. Martinson's research aims to understand and alleviate health disparities by race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status and immigrant status.

Peter J. Pecora

Peter J. Pecora


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Dr. Pecora has a joint appointment as the Managing Director of Research Services for Casey Family Programs and Professor for the University of Washington School of Social Work. He has worked with a number of social service departments in the United States and in other countries to refine foster care programs, implement intensive home-based services, and design risk-assessment systems for child protective services.