Founded in 1930, the Saint Louis University School of Social Work is built upon an unwavering commitment to social justice. Ranked in the top 20% of social work programs nationally by U.S. News & World Report, SLU's School of Social Work is a leader in integrating social work practice and education with faculty members who have made substantial contributions to the profession.
In addition to social work, the school offers outstanding undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees and certificates in the areas of applied behavior analysis, gerontology, and criminology and criminal justice.
- Noelle E. Fearn, Ph.D.
- Shannon Cooper-Sadlo, Ph.D., M.S.W., LCSW
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
- Michael G. Vaughn, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research
Director, Ph.D./Doctoral Program
- Vithya Murugan, Ph.D., M.S.W.
Director, Bachelor of Science in Social Work Program
- Kristi Richter, M.S.W., LCSW, CDFT
Director, Master of Social Work Program
- Natalie Parks, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA
Director, Applied Behavioral Analysis Programs
- Dyan McGuire, Ph.D.
Director, Criminology & Criminal Justice Programs
School of Social Work Centers and Research
Doerr Center for Social Justice
The Emmett J. and Mary Martha Doerr Center for Social Justice Education and Research is an independently funded center within Saint Louis University’s School of Social Work that promotes long-range solutions to social problems through education and research.
Health Criminology Research Consortium
The Health Criminology Research Consortium at Saint Louis University is an interdisciplinary collaboration of researchers investigating the nexus of health, crime and the criminal justice system, and how to improve effectiveness in prevention, clinical intervention and policy.
About Our Approach
Built upon an unwavering commitment to social justice, the school is a leader in integrating social work practice and education with faculty members who have substantially contributed to the profession.
Interactive teaching methods integrate community‐based practice with classroom activities and discussions. Small class sizes facilitate an atmosphere of intellectual dialogue that fosters relationships between students and faculty.