Department of Social Work | School of Behavioral Health | Loma Linda University
Beverly Buckles, DSW
Beverly J. Buckles, DSW
Dean, School of Behavioral Health
Chair, Department of Social Work and Social Ecology
Professor, Social Work and Social Ecology
Email bbuckles@llu.edu
Phone 909-558-7572
Kim Freeman, PhD, MSW
Kimberly R. Freeman, PhD, MSW
Executive Associate Chair, Department of Social Work and Social Ecology
Professor, Social Work and Social Ecology
Director, Master of Social Work (MSW), Criminal Justice MS, Gerontology MS Programs, and Play Therapy Certificate
Areas: child mental health, child trauma, adolescent self-harm
Email kfreeman@llu.edu
Phone 909-379-7589
Qais Alemi, PhD, MPH, MBA
Qais Alemi, PhD, MPH, MBA
Associate Professor, Social Work and Social Ecology
Areas: conflict-affected populations, refugee health, discrimination and mental health, use of modern and traditional health care delivery systems, cultural consensus modeling
Email qalemi@llu.edu
Phone 909-379-7592
Kelly Baek, PhD, MSW
Kelly Baek, PhD, MSW
Assistant Professor, Social Work and Social Ecology
Areas: mental health, culturally-sensitive interventions, program development and evaluation, community-based research, social work curriculum development
Email kbaek@llu.edu
Phone 909-379-7583
Monte Butler, PhD, MSW
Monte Butler, PhD, MSW
Professor, Social Work and Social Ecology
Areas: social work administration, Medicare
Email mdbutler@llu.edu
Phone 909-379-7584
G. Victoria Jackson, EdD, MSW, LCSW
G. Victoria Jackson, EdD, MSW, LCSW
Assistant Professor, Social Work and Social Ecology
Areas: gerontology - successful aging, child welfare - transitional foster youth, human trafficking
Email vjackson@llu.edu
Phone 909-379-7582
Talolo Lepale, MSW, MBA, LCSW
Talolo Lepale, MSW, MBA, LCSW
Assistant Professor, Social Work and Social Ecology
Director, Field Education
Areas: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), individual psychotherapy, team building, psychosocial oncology, medical social work, working with adults and older adults, trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, and end-of-life
Email tlepale@llu.edu
Phone 909-379-7581
Allison Maxwell, MSW, LCSW
Allison Maxwell-Johnson, MSW, LCSW
Assistant Professor, Social Work and Social Ecology
Areas: psychodynamic/psychoanalytic psychotherapy, long term work, personality disorders, dysthymia/depression, anxiety, working with adults and older adults, individual psychotherapy
Email agmaxwell@llu.edu
Phone 909-558-9134
Susanne Montgomery, PhD, MPH, MS
Susanne B. Montgomery, PhD, MPH, MS
Associate Dean for Research, School of Behavioral Health
Director of Research, Behavioral Health Institute
Professor, Social Work and Social Ecology
Areas: research design and analyses, translational research (clinical and applied), community involved and based research, health disparities research, program evaluation and evaluation research
Email smontgomery@llu.edu
Phone 909-651-5881
Larry Ortiz, PhD, MSW
Larry Ortiz, PhD, MSW
Professor, Social Work and Social Ecology
Director, Social Policy and Social Research PhD Program
Areas: race and ethnic studies, critical theory, Latino/a issues, community practice, program evaluation, social justice practice
Email larryortiz@llu.edu
Phone 909-379-7585

Administrative Staff

Doreen Cornejo
Administrative Assistant Senior
Email dmcornejo@llu.edu
Phone 909-379-7572

Sheri Ryder
Administrative Assistant Senior
Email sryder@llu.edu
Phone 909-379-7590