SOCIAL WORK DEPARTMENT FACULTY
Associate Professor & BSW Program Director
Primary area of research is with the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) population, and she is currently investigating campus climate at Edinboro regarding LGBT persons and issues. She teaches practice, research, and field in both the graduate and undergraduate programs. She also volunteers her clinical services at Counseling and Psychological Services on campus. She lives in Erie with her spouse, two spoiled cats, and a fish.
Professor Koehler is currently working on his PhD in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. Primary area of research is with bullying and violent behavior directed toward adolescents, particularly LGBTQ. Areas of Social Work competency include mental health practice with LGBT and HIV+ populations, family therapy with sexually abused children and play therapy with children exposed to violence. He lives in Erie with his teenage daughter and enjoys karate class and his saltwater aquarium.
Dr. Rine received her BSW from Buffalo State College and her MSW and PhD from the University at Buffalo. Dr. Rine's practice experience includes work with: HIV/AIDS populations, GLBT youth, severely emotionally disturbed youth, nonprofit program development, grant writing, and program and practice evaluation. Her research areas of interest are varied and include: foster care and severely emotionally disturbed youth, the neighborhood context of mental illness, teaching pedagogy, and the application of GIS mapping. Dr. Rine's current endeavors focus on the integration of census and organizational data with GIS software to map and better understand the environmental contexts experienced by youth-particularly those in foster care and those living in poverty, with attention to their accessibility to services and resources. She is currently exploring these issues in the GIS Foster Care Project in conjunction with New Hampshire's Department of Health and Human Services Division for Children Youth and Families.
Assistant Professor & MSW Program Director
Dr. Rinfrette received her BS in nursing from the University of Rhode Island, her MSW from Boston University, and her PhD from the University of Buffalo. She came to Edinboro University in 2011 and is the director of the MSW Program. Her practice experience includes work in outpatient mental health treatment, outpatient substance abuse treatment, and cancer support. Dr. Rinfrette's research interests include trauma, mental health, addictions, and aging. Her current work includes research on vicarious trauma, trauma in caregivers, and establishing trauma informed systems of care in community agencies.
Primary research and social work practice interests are services for older adults, school social work and community-based services to families. Social Work practice experience has focused on individuals, families and groups within community-based agencies primarily in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Dr. Smith is co-adviser to the social work club student organization and supports student participation in experiential learning in local and state organizations.
- Mr. Frank Capatch
- Ms. Yvonne Eaton-Stull
- Dr. Mandy Fauble
- Ms. Karen Fischler
- Ms. Kimberly Hardner
- Ms. Jessica Hippely
- Mr. Paul Lukach
- Ms. Natalie Montero-Weber
- Mr. Steven Osterstrom
- Mr. Bradley Schaffer
- Ms. Molly Wolf
Ms. Simone Taylor, Department Secretary