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Board Members


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.



Marilyn Cardone, LCSW

Marilyn Cardone, LCSW, is the Assistant Director of the Field Education Department. Marilyn works closely with students who choose to do international field placements.  Before joining UConn School of Social Work in 2002, Marilyn worked as a clinical social worker for many years, focusing on counseling women around issues of depression, anxiety and trauma as well as with LGBTQI clients.  Marilyn has a strong interest in Latin American countries and culture.  She has enjoyed travel to Guatemala and Nicaragua as well as to the European Union.



Diane DrachmanDiane Drachman, PhD

Diane Drachman, PhD, is a professor in the micro foundation, IGF (Individuals, Groups, and Families) concentration at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. She has been with the school for over 30 years and her work surrounds immigration. Dr. Drachman’s research and publications are with individuals from Cuba, Haiti, Poland, Russia, and South East Asia. She has been a member of the International Committee since its’ inception.





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.






Dr. Kathryn LibalKathryn 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.





Barris Malcolm

Barris Malcolm, PhD

Barris Malcolm is a graduate of Columbia University School of Social Work, Yale University Divinity School, University of Connecticut School of Social Work, United 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.





D MelchorDaniel Melchor, MSW    

Daniel Melchor (’08 MSW) is 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.