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Dr. Laura Nissen has been named Dean of the School of Social Work at Portland State University
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Posted: December 30, 2013
Portland State University

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Dr. Laura Nissen has been named Dean of the School of Social Work at Portland State University

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Dr. Laura Burney Nissen has been appointed as Dean of the School of Social Work at Portland State University and will begin her appointment January 6, 2014. Dr. Nissen most recently held a faculty position in the School of Social Work where she received full tenure and has taught for 14 years. Additionally, she was National Program Director of Reclaiming Futures, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded initiative transforming substance abuse treatment in the juvenile justice system for 11 years across the U.S.. Dr. Nissen completed her Ph.D. and M.S.W in Social Work at the University of Denver, and a B.A. in Psychology from Metropolitan State College of Denver. She has focused her scholarly work in strengths-based approaches with youth and families, community collaborative change models, increasing equity in justice and treatment practice settings, and service innovations.

Click here to read Dr. Nissen's letter of application, and here for Dr. Nissen's Curriculum Vitae.

Additional announcements will be posted to our website after January 6th, 2014. Please visit our webpage and Facebook page for updates.