Our Faculty and Staff
Andy Dunlap, Ph.D., LCSW is an associate professor of social work at Elizabethtown College. He is a clinical social worker specializing in late adolescence and early adulthood. His research focuses on understanding the coming out process for LGBT people and how it has changed over time. His recent publications include Coming Out Narratives Across Generations (2014) and Changes in Coming Out Milestones Across Five Age Cohorts (2016).
He has presented at the Forum on Education Abroad on the application of a Strengths Perspective to various aspects of cross-cultural education (2013, 2014, and 2015).
Dr. Dunlap has spent most of his social work career as a college counselor, helping young adults navigate mental health needs. He typically teaches diversity related courses and micro social work practice classes.
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Kate Eberz is a 2005 graduate of Elizabethtown College Social Work Department. She has practiced in the areas of child welfare and substance abuse and is currently working in a treatment setting for substance use disorders.
She teaches Human Behavior in the Social Environment and Field Instruction.
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Deb Gadsden works full-time for Family Design Resources, Inc. as a Training Specialist where she develops, delivers and monitors training for the organization. She is a certified trainer for the PA Child Welfare Resource Center. She is a certified Olweus Bullying Prevention Program trainer and consultant through Clemson University, and graduated from the Workplace Bullying University for Profesionals. She teaches Child Welfare.
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Susan Mapp, MSSW, Ph.D. is Chair of the Department, and has been at the College since 2003. Her areas of specialty include human trafficking, international social work, violations of children's rights and program evaluation. She has published research on these topics including books on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, international social work and global issues of children's welfare and has presented her work at national and international conferences. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Council on Social Work Education and is the co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Human Rights and Social Work. She serves on the editorial board of several journals dealing with social work education and international social work.
She teaches across the curriculum including SW 160: Social Problems, SW 260: International Social Development, SW 330: Social Work Research Methods, SW 369 Macro Practice as well as SW 498: Senior Seminar.
Peggy L. McFarland
Director of Field Instruction
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Peggy McFarland, Ph.D., LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, earning her MSW from Marywood College and a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. Dr. McFarland is the co-founder of Senior Management Services, a firm that has provided eldercare management and direction since 1990. She is a practicing geriatric social worker and has experience in adult day care, home health care, corporate elder care and dementia care. Dr. McFarland has conducted research on male caregivers with family members with Alzheimer's Disease and long term care concerns in the Caribbean Region of the world. In 2014-15, Dr. McFarland was a Fulbright scholar in Vietnam. In Vietnam she evaluated aging services and advocated for the development of medical social workers in the hospitals. Dr. McFarland also serves as a board member for Brittany's Hope, a non-government organization based in Elizabethtown which provides humanitarian aid to children worldwide.
She teaches SW 344: Aging, SW 339: Human Sexuality, SW 160: Social Problems and currently serves as the Director of Field Instruction. Dr. McFarland has also lead student groups on short-term service learning trips including her fifth trip to Vietnam in May 2015.
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Sonnya Nieves is a licensed school social worker and works full-time at Milton Hershey School.
She teaches Support Services in a School Environment and Addictions & Society.
Assistant Professor, LISW-S
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Maureen Riley-Behringer, Ph.D. has been a practicing Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LISW-S) for 19 years. Building on clinical experiences in medical social work (burn intensive care unit; hospice) and private practice with children/families of intercountry adoption, Dr. Riley-Behringer saw the importance in bridging biological and social work perspectives of human development and coping in her teaching and research. She specializes in intercountry and domestic adoption and foster care; early childhood trauma and maltreatment; and the regulation of emotions, behaviors, and physical stress.
Dr. Riley-Behringer has a book chapter due out in early 2017 entitled, “Interventions Designed for Foster and Adoptive Families Raising Children with Histories of Institutionalization”, in Rus, Parris, & Stativa (Eds.), Child Abuse and Neglect in Orphanages - History, Research, and Implications. Another recent adoption publication is Race and Bicultural Socialization in the Netherlands, Norway, and the United States of America in the Adoptions of Children from India (2014) .
Dr. Riley-Behringer teaches SW160 Social Problems and Responses of Social Welfare Institutions, SW 233 Human Behavior in the Social Environment, and SW 380 Social Policy.
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Heather Teter is a licensed social worker and works full-time at Milton Hershey School as the Coordinator of Student Health Services.
She teaches Mental Health Issues and Generalist Social Work Practice II..