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

Abril N. Harris

Abril N. Harris


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Abril Harris joined the School of Social Work as an assistant professor in 2021. Her research focuses on the manifestations of structural violence endemic within American institutions and the role of socialization in normalizing structural violence in marginalized communities. She has a particular interest in exploring the processes used by Black, Indigenous and people of color as they navigate and respond to a systematically oppressive society. Her research addresses racial inequalities, especially those experienced by Black communities.

Kristian Jones

Kristian Jones


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Kristian Jones’ program of research examines how youth mentoring can be utilized to promote positive outcomes for Black youth. As part of his commitment to serving diverse youth, families and communities, his scholarship examines how community-based interventions, such as mentoring, meet the unique needs of vulnerable youth to prevent detrimental outcomes and enhance positive youth development. His current research focuses on how community-based youth mentoring programs promote social justice in the communities they serve.

Michelle Johnson-Jennings

Michelle Johnson-Jennings


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Dr. Michelle Johnson-Jennings, a Choctaw Nation-enrolled tribal member, joins the faculty on June 1, 2021, as professor and director of the division of environmentally based health and land-based healing at the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute. She holds a joint appointment at the University of Colorado School of Public Health. 

Karen Wollemborg

Karen Wollemborg


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Karen Wollemborg joined the Office of Field Education as a lecturer in 2021, after relocating to Seattle from New York City. 

Wollemborg has a particular interest in increasing access to supportive mental health care for youth. As a licensed clinical social worker, she began her career providing child and adolescent outpatient mental health services. After several years in community-based work with families, Wollemborg transitioned to school-based mental health, serving both as a clinician and consultant to schools that had on-site mental health programs for students. 

E. Roberto Orellana

E. Roberto Orellana


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E. Roberto Orellana joined the School of Social Work as a professor in 2021. Before joining the School faculty, he was professor and associate dean for research and sponsored projects in the School of Social Work at Portland State University (PSU) where he also served as an affiliate faculty in Public Health and Indigenous Nations Studies. He has held visiting research scientist appointments at Columbia University’s Social Intervention Group, UCSD’s Department of Global Public Health, and collaborating faculty at Harvard University School of Public Health.

Caroline James

Caroline James


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Caroline James serves as a lecturer and faculty member in the Office of Field Education, teaching and facilitating student field education placements with students across the School’s academic programs, including the MSW Extended Degree Program, MSW Day Program, MSW Advanced Standing Program and the BASW Program.