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Cassandra Barragan

Assistant Professor

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Ph.D. – Social Work, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
MSW - Social Work, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Champaign, IL
BSW - Social Work, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

Professional Summary

Dr. Barragan worked as a social worker in health care settings for over 20 with a majority of that time spent in long-term care.  She has an extensive working knowledge of both state and federal policies that specifically impact the aging population.  More recently, she worked to evaluate work done as part of the Pontiac Initiative (Oakland University). This project focuses on making connections in Pontiac, MI benefitting students, faculty, and community members.  It is through this work that she has developed relationships leading to work with St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and the evaluation of their Senior Fit fitness program. This is an extension of Dr. Barragan’s research to learn more about the impact of social support on well-being following stressful life events.

Representative Courses Taught

  • SW632: Social Work with Military Families
  • SW450: Social Work Practice with Women and Girls

Selected Presentations and/or Publications

Barragan, C. (2012). Book review: Caregiver's Path to Compassionate Decision Making: Making Choices for Those Who Can't, by Viki King, Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 55(4), 377-378. doi:10.1080/01634372.2012.672077

Additional Information

Contact Us: School of Social Work | 317 Everett L. Marshall Building | Ypsilanti, MI 48197 | Tel.: 734.487.0393 | Fax: 734.487.6832

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