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Board Members

Barris Malcolm Barris Malcolm, PhD

Dr. Malcolm is a graduate of Columbia University School of Social Work, Yale University Divinity School, The University of Connecticut School of Social Work, The Untied Theological College of the West Indies, and The University of the West Indies, Mona. Dr. Malcolm teaches Advanced Research, Human Behavior in the Social Environment-Macro Theories, and The Analysis of Social Welfare Policy. His special areas of interest are administration, homelessness, substance abuse, and international social work.




Marilyn Cardone, LCSW

Marilyn Cardone, LCSW, is the Assistant Director of the Field Education Department. Marilyn works closely with students whose interest is to do a field placement abroad.





Megan BertholdMegan Berthold, PhD, LCSW

Megan Berthold, PhD, LCSW is an Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. Her scholarly interests include international social work and human rights (particularly a rights-based approach to clinical social work practice). She has several decades of practice and research experience with diverse refugees and asylum-seeking survivors of state-sponsored torture, war, human trafficking, and other traumas. She co-chairs CSWE’s Council on Global Social Issues.



Professor Lynne HealyLynne Healy, PhD

Lynne Healy was the founding director of the Center for International Social Work Studies and is currently UConn Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Emerita. She has published extensively on international social work and human rights and been active in a number of social work organizations, including the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW). Dr. Healy supervises UConn interns at the United Nations in her role as Main Representative of the IASSW at the UN.




D MelchorDaniel Melchor, MSW    

Daniel Melchor (MSW’08) is currently a Clinical Assessment Specialist for the Supportive Housing for Families Program where he works toward seeing children reunified with their parents and helping homeless families become self-sufficient.  Prior to moving to the US, Daniel coordinated a micro-credit/micro-finance program for low-income residents of one of the poorest areas of Mexico City. Daniel is serving as consultant for the Programme Elargi D’Education Pour la Vie (PEEV), an emerging micro-finance program in Ivory Coast, Africa. He is also serving as a Clinical Preceptor at the University of Saint Joseph.



Louise SimmonsLouise Simmons, PhD

Louise Simmons, PhD, is a Professor of Community Organization and Chair of the Urban Issues in Social Work focused area of study. She teaches courses in community organization, political systems, labor and social work, political advocacy, and theory and practice of social movements for community organization. Her areas of specialization include community organization, urban social movements, community-labor alliances, urban politics and policy issues, progressive political movements, and welfare policy.



Kathryn R. Libal, Ph.D.

 Kathryn Libal, PhD

Kathryn Libal, PhD, is an Associate Professor in Policy Practice and Director of the UConn Human Rights Institute. Kathryn teaches macro foundation courses; qualitative research, and electives on human rights and social work and policy related to women, children and families. She has published on women’s and children’s rights movements in Turkey; policy related to refugees and undocumented migrants; and human rights and social work.




Lisa Werkmeister Rozas, PhD

Lisa Werkmeister Rozas, PhD

Lisa Werkmeister Rozas, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Puerto Rican and Latin@ Studies Project. Lisa teaches courses in human oppression, casework, and health disparities. She is the chair of the Human Oppression curriculum unit. Her areas of specialization include cultural competence/responsiveness, pedagogy and diversity, intersectionality, and health disparities, specifically issues of health as a human right and the influence discrimination, power and privilege have on health status.