Social Work Program Faculty

Social Work Program Faculty


Ronnie J. Evans, Ph.D., MSW

Evans, revans@bloomu.edu | 570-389-4243, a licensed clinical social worker, earned a doctorate in Social Work with a concentration in Aging and an MSW from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. The focus of her research is aging, specifically the factors involved in aging successfully. Evans teaches Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families, Child Welfare, Social Work and Issues of Aging, and Human Behavior in the Social Environment.

Evans practice experience includes working as a clinical social worker at the Richmond Center, a mental health center, in Ames, IA and in private practice. Prior to going into social work, she was employed as a counselor for Vocational Rehabilitation for the state of Iowa and as a Juvenile Court Officer in Des Moines, IA. Evans also taught for many years at the middle and high school levels. Evans is a member of the Council on Social Work Education, the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work, the Gerontological Society of America.

Alana Atchinson, Ph.D., MSW

Atchinson, aatchins@bloomu.edu | 570-389-4639, is a quintessential generalist social worker.  She earned a BSW from Eastern University (1983), and an MSW (1986), and PhD (2001) from the University of Pennsylvania.  While working on her master's degree, Atchinson participated in an exchange program with Edinburgh University in Scotland were she learned about the British social welfare system and completed an internship at a public social welfare agency.  She also studied at Temple University where she earned a post-graduate certificate in social welfare administration.

Atchinson has over twenty-five years of social work experience.  She has worked in various fields including domestic violence, HIV/AIDS prevention and education research, child and adolescent mental health, rural poverty, and LGBT advocacy.  Atchinson is the advisor for the Bloomsburg University Gay Straight Alliance and the Bloomsburg chapter of Amnesty International.  She is also the president of the board of directors with The Women’s Center of Columbia/Montour Counties.  In 2005, Atchinson participated in a Fulbright Scholar's program which allowed her to study social work and social welfare in Malaysia.  In 2007 she joined the social work faculty at Bloomsburg University where she teaches group work, introductory practice experience, and introduction to social work and social welfare. In her free time, Atchinson can often be found hiking with her black lab, Lucy.

Shane Jaynes, Ph.D., MSW

Jaynes, sjaynes@bloomu.edu | 570-389-4637, is somewhat non-traditional. He comes to the job of full-time teaching after a long career as a practicing social worker, primarily in the areas of mental health and addiction treatment. He is both a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a credentialed addictions counselor.

Jaynes received both his MSW and Ph.D. degrees from Marywood University. In the classroom, he emphasizes not only important practical and theoretical content, but also how such content must be practically applied to the nuances of real-world situations. His areas of teaching specialization are human behavior theories, practice with organizations and communities, research methods, and practice with chemical dependence.

Shiloh D. Erdley, DSW, MSW, ACHP-SW

Erdley, serdley@bloomu.edu | 570-389-4638, is a licensed social worker and earned a doctorate in social work and an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. Erdley has over twenty years of social work experience and has worked in various fields of social advocacy but has dedicated much of her work on aging specifically areas of practice that aim to identify barriers to overall health and well-being. She has worked at Geisinger Medical Center for more than 15 years as a clinical dialysis social worker and a Quality Improvement specialist. Her professional work has been at the micro and macro levels of practice providing her with a balanced academic approach.

The focus of her research and practice has been on programs aimed at identifying individual as well as systemic determinants of physical and mental health. Erdley is an advanced certified hospice and palliative social worker and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Clinical Nephrology Social Work Association and the Gerontological Society of America. She is interested in mindfulness practices and compassion satisfaction.

As a compassion fatigue educator, she brings a unique perspective to field education that encourages students to begin to think about self-care early in their careers. Erdley, a local resident, born and raised in the region, is dedicated to working in the community and volunteering her time to social programs. As a board member for Family Planning she organizes an annual race for women’s health and works with other board members to oversee the program. In her free time she enjoys music, biking, gardening and hiking with her dog Mobbie, husband Darrin, and son, Leon.

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