Faculty and Staff

  • Term Assistant Professor, Social Work
    Community Program Manager, Social Work

    Jeanne Booth joined the Social Work Department as Assistant Professor in the fall of 2019 after serving as Adjunct Professor since 2016. She joined the department with over 29 years of experience providing clinical and administrative social work practice in a variety of areas including housing, justice, mobile crisis intervention work, child welfare services, aging and developmental disability services.
  • Carol Cleaveland

    Associate Professor, Social Work

    Dr. Carol Cleaveland is an Associate Professor of Social Work at George Mason University. She teaches SOCW 674 Psychopathology, SOCW 645 Community Clinical Practice and SOCW 653 Immigration Policy. Dr. Cleaveland also serves as a training coordinator for Mason’s VA SBIRT grant.
  • Assistant Director of Field Education, Social Work 

    Ms. Lisa Climer is Assistant Director of Field Education in the Department of Social Work. In this capacity, she advises graduate and undergraduate students entering practicum, teaches field seminar courses, and collaborates with community agencies and faculty to support and develop field placements and partnerships.
  • Katherine Cornejo

    Title IV-E Child Welfare Stipend Program Coordinator, Social Work

    Katherine Cornejo joined George Mason University’s Social Work Faculty as the Child Welfare Stipend Program Coordinator in April, 2017.
  • Molly Davis

    Associate Director of Field Education, Department of Social Work, Social Work
    Term Associate Professor, Social Work

    Dr. Molly Everett Davis is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work.  Davis’s research interests are diverse and include gerontology and geriatrics, trauma across the life course, disaster behavioral health and cultural competence models. 
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    BSW Program Director, Social Work

    Dr. Freedman is an experienced social work educator and licensed independent social worker. He has been involved in social work education for over fifteen years and is a term associate professor and BSW program director with the Department of Social Work at George Mason University.
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    Assistant Professor, Social Work 

    Dr. Gill is an instructor in the Department of Social Work.
  • Assistant Professor, Social Work 

    Dr. Michelle D. Hand is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work. Her research focuses on empowerment building approaches to address sexual violence and trauma among at-risk non-dominant populations, including in later life. Thus, she studies causes and impacts of violence and trauma as well as arts- and horticulture-based interventions (e.g., community gardens, farms and murals) to support healing, informed by extensive interdisciplinary research and clinical experience.
  • Assistant Director of Field Education, Social Work 

    Melissa Hensley joined the George Mason University Department of Social Work in April 2020 as a Field Education Coordinator. Prior to joining the Department of Social Work, Melissa’s work focused on long-term care and hospice, as well as advocacy within the community for additional programs to support the aging population.
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    Associate Professor, Social Work

    Dr. Denise Hines, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work, College of Public Health at George Mason University.  Dr. Hines’ expertise includes the causes, consequences, and prevention of family violence and sexual assault, with a particular focus on under-recognized victims of violence.