Stella M. Gran-O’Donnell, MSW, MPH, PhD
PhD in Social Welfare, MSW, MPH
Lecturer, Social Work Program
Building/Room: Casey 3W
As a Seattle U alum, Ms. Gran-O’Donnell is happy to returns as faculty in the Social Work program. She earned her undergraduate degree in Business Administration (BABA) from Seattle U’s Albers School of Business and Economics, dual masters in Social Work and Public Health (MSW, MPH) and a doctorate in social welfare (PhD) from the University of Washington.
Ms. Gran-O’Donnell’s research and evaluation interests reflect her transdisciplinary experiences bridging knowledge and scholarship from the fields of social work, public health, sociology, ethnic studies, community and environmental psychology. As a translational community prevention/intervention researcher/evaluator, Stella has a strong commitment to community-based, engaged research in partnership with refugees and immigrants, youth/young people, to assess the physical and mental health inequities and disparities in connection to places or environments (social, natural, or geographic), e.g., prevention of adolescent, youth and community violence, including microaggressions, depression, teen dating violence, and the promotion of healthy relationships and community healing. Specifically, her research efforts address and promote the physical, mental health, and well-being of traditionally underserved refugee and immigrant youth and families, in places, and facilitate the translation of research through the design, development, and enhancement of culturally responsive and accessible community preventive interventions.
Ms. Gran-O’Donnell’s teaching interests are informed by 18+ years of experience as a social worker and public health practitioner/researcher. Her teaching interests include: macro social work practice (communities, organizations, and policy); program planning and evaluation; social work practice with refugees and immigrants; critical empowerment practice with youth; community-based participatory research; grantwriting and fund development; research methods and data analysis; qualitative research; and introduction to social work (practice).