Dr. Russel is Professor of Social Work. She has taught in the areas of foundation practice, social welfare policy, research, child welfare, family violence and spirituality and social work. She started her career as a legal services attorney specializing in juvenile and family law. She has taught in social work, criminal justice, and public administration programs.
Her earlier research focused on multidisciplinary collaboration in child maltreatment and family violence cases. More recently she has focused on the integration of spirituality in social work practice and education. She has led many workshops across the country on this topic. She is also currently involved in research on the interface of law and social work education. She oversees the School’s Guardian Ad Litem Project and child welfare projects.
Dr. Russel currently sits on the national board of directors of the National Association of Social Workers and the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work.