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Kala Chakradhar

Kala Chakradhar

Assistant Professor

Courses Currently Teaching at MSU:
Research Methods in Social Work (SWK 303); Social Work Practice Skills (SWK 311); Social Work and Social Welfare (SWK 201); Social Work in Health Care settings (SWK 375); Substance Abuse Prevention (SWK 395); Substance Abuse Treatment (SWK 315); Social Work With Older Populations/ Gerontological Social Work (SWK 370)

Courses Taught at MSU:
Social Work Practice I( SWK 310); Quantitative Analysis(SWK 304); International Social Work (SWK 346)

Education:
Bachelor of Science (Zoology); Master’s in Social Work, University of Madras, India; Master of Philosophy (M. Phil) in Psychiatric Social Work, National Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences, Bangalore, India; PhD in Social work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India

Certification and Licensure:
Certified Social Worker (CSW)

Clinical/Professional Focus:
Substance abuse, Mental Health, Health Care, Gerontology, AIDS and Resilience in multicultural population; Research; Innovations in Teaching/ Online Teaching/Client Interventions

Professional Experience Prior to MSU:
Mental health and intervention with people with substance abuse problems and their families in India; Research and training in the field of substance abuse and domestic violence; Teaching in social work in a Master’s Program in India and Teaching in social science areas in the Middle- East ( Muscat, Oman and Dubai, UAE) and teaching in Social work in the USA.

Professional Organizations:
KASWE (Kentucky association of Social Work Educators)
NASW (National Association of Social Workers)
ICSD (International Consortium for Social Development)
BPD ( Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors)

102B Carr Health Building                                                                                                                            Phone: 270-809-4529                                                                                          kchakradhar@murraystate.edu

Jeff Wylie

Jeff Wylie

Senior Lecturer

Courses Taught at MSU:
Social Work Transitions (SWK 099), Introduction to Social Work (SWK 101), Social Work Practice I (SWK 310), Social Work Practice II (SWK 312)  and electives: Crisis Intervention (SWK 365), Spirituality and Social Work Practice (SWK 426), 

Education:
MDiv & MSW from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Clinical/Professional Focus:
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

Research Focus:
Mental health and mental illness, parenting 

Professional Experience Prior to MSU:
8 years as therapist at 4 Rivers Behavioral Health

Professional Organizations:
NASW, NACSW, KASWE

102 D Carr Health Building
Phone: 270-809-4531
jwylie@murraystate.edu


Peggy Pittman-Munke

Peggy Pittman-Munke


Interim Program Director

Education:
BA Hollins College, Hollins College Virgina
MLS University of Texas at Austin, Austin Texas
MED Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio Texas
MSW Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio Texas
PHD University of Texas at Austin, Austin Texas

Clinical/Professional Focus:
Community organizing, parenting education, social work practice with children, adolescents, and chronically mentally clients, domestic violence, substance abuse prevention education, adolescent suicide prevention education training; social work education accreditation, Diversity Issues

Research Focus:
Social welfare history, social work education, distance learning

Professional Experience Prior to MSU:
30 years in higher education in a variety of capacities; therapist for chronically mentally ill clients, program and organizational evaluation; social work education consultant

Professional Expertise:
Community organization, Mental Health, Social Work with Children, Distance Education, Rural Social Work, Diversity, Family Violence

Professional Organizations:
CSWE, BPD, NACSW, ACOSA, ISP

102 A Carr Health Building
Phone: 270-809-3055

mpittmanmunke@murraystate.edu
Preferred email: 
pmunke@aol.com

Peggy Meriedeth

Peggy L. Meriedeth


Field Education Director

Courses Taught at MSU:
SWK 498, 499

Education:
BS in SWK from MSU, MS in Human Services from MSU, MSW from WKU

Professional Experience Prior to MSU:
31 years with Department for Community Based Services/Protection and Permanency in the areas of Child Protective Services, General Adult and Adult Protective Services, Foster care and Adoption, Juvenile Services, etc.; 6 years as front line worker with generic caseload, 16 years as an family service office supervisor for 2 counties and staff with generic caseloads, 9 years as regional administrator for 8 counties and regional staff with generic caseloads

Professional Organizations:
NASW, Kentucky Human Services Association, Ten-Ure

102 C Carr Health Building
Phone: 270-809-4628

pmeriedeth@murraystate.edu


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