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 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. It was during this time that she began and developed her interest in bridging the communications gap between schools and families to support the social, emotional and educational well-being of children. Ms.

Jean Kruzich (Ret.)

Jean Kruzich (Ret.)


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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. 

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. 

Karina Walters

Karina Walters


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Karina L. Walters, an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, is the Associate Dean for Research, the Katherine Hall Chambers Scholar, and the Director and Principal Investigator of the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute (IWRI; NIMHD P60MD006909) at the University of Washington. IWRI was one of 16 National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities Comprehensive Centers of Excellence and one of two devoted to American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) research in the country.

Margaret L. Spearmon (Ret.)

Margaret L. Spearmon (Ret.)


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

Rona L. Levy

Rona L. Levy


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Dr. Levy is professor of social work and adjunct professor of medicine and psychology. Her primary research interests focus on the psychosocial aspects of health, including women’s health issues, chronic pain, the intergenerational transmission of illness behavior, childhood and adult obesity prevention and treatment, and behavioral medicine. She received her bachelor of arts from Antioch College, and her master in social work, doctorate and master in public health from the University of Michigan.