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Carlson to lead Department of Social Work


August 23, 2007

ASU’s College of Human Services has selected Bonnie E. Carlson as the new chair of the Department of Social Work.

Carlson comes to ASU from the University at Albany, State University of New York’s School of Social Welfare, where she has been teaching since 1979.

She begins serving as department chair this fall.

Carlson received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan in 1974, and her doctorate in developmental psychology and social work from the University of Michigan in 1980.

She is a published author who has taught courses titled “Human Behavior and the Social Environment” and “Treatment of Family Violence.”

Her research focuses on all types of family violence and substance abuse.

Carlson has completed various studies on domestic violence, including:

• Children of abused women and the effects of children of witnesses to domestic violence.

• Dating violence.

• A comparison of the effects of child abuse and witnesses to domestic violence.

• Domestic violence victims with mental retardation.

• Substance-abusing mothers in the child welfare system.

• Trauma histories of drug-abusing women.

Carlson takes over duties as ASU’s social work chair from Wendy Hultsman, who has been serving as interim chair for the department while chairing the Department of Recreation and Tourism Management.