Derr Joins Social Work Faculty

Written by Laura Paskin
April 8, 2013

Amelia Seraphia Derr joins the Social Work faculty effective September 1, 2013. Her scholarship, informed by more than 10 years of practice with immigrant and refugee communities in the United States and abroad, is dedicated to promoting immigrant well-being and reducing health disparities.

Derr maintains a strong commitment to community-engaged research that catalyzes the potential of social and health services to meet the emerging needs of immigrants and refugees. Her forthcoming book chapter on this issue, “Social Work Practice in the United States with Immigrants and Refugees in a Post-9/11 Context: Bridging Micro and Macro Practice for Social Change,” with B.A.  Nagda, appears in Social Work in a Global Context: Issues and Challenges (London: Routledge, 2013) .

Derr will receive her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in June. During her doctoral studies, she was a National Institute of Health Clinical Translational Research Trainee, a National Institute of Mental Health Prevention Research Trainee, and a Warren G. Magnuson Scholar at the Institute for Biomedical Research and Health Professions.

The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 42 undergraduate majors, 37 minors, and 7 master’s degrees.