Social Work Staff
Faculty & Lecturers
Otrude Moyo, Ph.D., MA, MSW
Dr. Otrude Nontobeko Moyo joined the Department of Social Work as Department Chair in July 2014. She received her Ph.D. in Social Policy from Brandeis University in 2001. Dr. Moyo's scholarship interests are in social welfare, critical multiculturalism, diversity and social justice, understanding quality of life and inequality issues. She teaches social policy, diversity and social justice courses.
Dr. Moyo has published several articles addressing social development issues in southern Africa, interrogating racism in human services, every day violence and social change. Her articles have been published by Feminist Economics, Social Development Issues, International Social Work, and Journal of Progressive Human Services. Her first book is titled: Trampled No More: Voices from Bulawayo’s Townships about Families, Life, Survival and Social Change in Zimbabwe. Dr. Moyo is currently working on her second book understanding perspectives and expressions of Ubuntu as part of indigenous community building. Her current research focuses on the experience of African immigrants in the United States and United Kingdom. Dr. Moyo is currently an Editorial Collective member of the Journal of Progressive Human Services (JPHS). She has worked in natural resources management as a project monitoring and evaluation officer; a public scholar in community building efforts with new immigrants, indigenous communities and youth.
Jessica Camp, Ph.D., LMSW, CAADC
Dr. Jessica Camp joined the Social Work Department in September of 2014. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy of Social Work from Wayne State University in 2011. Her research interests include examining inequality, poverty, intersectionality, labor and comparative welfare policy. Prior to joining UM-Flint, Dr. Camp was an adjunct faculty member at Wayne State University, a GSRA at Wayne State, a Supported Education Coordinator at Community Care Services and an Adult Mental Health and Substance Abuse Therapist. She is currently the lead research instructor and teaches the social statistics class, social work research methods course and the integrated seminar in social work leadership. Her publications can be found in Handbook on Well-Being of Working Women, Health & Social Work and Routledge Handbook on Poverty in the United States.
Elizabeth Collardey, Ph.D., LMSW
Dr. Elizabth Collardey joined the Social Work Department in January of 2011. She received her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Social Work from the University of Denver in 2000. She joined UM-Flint with 11 years experience teaching in higher education. Her professional social work practice experience has been in the fields of child welfare, mental health, and group work with immigrant and refugee populations. She has 7 years experience maintaining a private clinical practice serving adoptees and their families, veterans, and individuals with anxiety and depressive disorders. Her greatest reward has been in community development low-income empowering families in creating and sustaining culturally relevant programs and services. Dr. Collardey currently teaches the department’s core practice courses and HBSE (theory). Her publications can be found in Peace and Conflict Review and the Journal of Progressive Human Services. In Fall 2015, Dr. Collardey received the 2015 Peace Maker of the Year Award from the Genesee County Committee for Community Peace.
Vicky Dawson, MA
Vicky Dawson is going on her third year in the Social Work Department as a writing instructor for the Education and Human Services (EHS) courses. However, her educational and career journey began at the University of Michigan-Flint when she started her bachelor’s degree in 1999 and graduated in 2013 with her M.A. in English Composition and Rhetoric. She also worked as a writing tutor for the Marian E. Wright Writing Center and as a project coordinator for the Women’s Educational Center. She always hoped to find a way to combine her passion for writing and social justice work. She found that home in the Social Work Department.
Alan Hackett, LMSW
Professor Hackett has been a part of the Social Work Dept. since 2009, first as the Field Liaison and Academic Advisor and more recently as the Community and Field Liaison. He retired from Genesee County Community Mental Health Services (now GHS) having worked in the Emergency Services and in the Child and Adolescent Services as a Therapist and Hospital Liaison. He continued his focus with families through subsequent work with the Genesee Intermediate School District and Flint Community Schools before coming to UofM-Flint. He earned his B.S. in Psychology, as well as his M.S.W. from Michigan State University and is fully licensed (Clinical and Macro LMSW) with the State of Michigan. His outside interests are quite varied, from all things mechanical, to gardening, snowboarding, genealogy, and beyond.
Kathleen P. Levinstein, Ph.D.
Dr. Kathleen "Kelly" Levinstein has been at the University of Michigan/Flint for 1 year. Previous to this she authorized care for people with disabilities at BCBS for 5 years, was the Clinical Coordinator at the ARC of ESSEX for 12 years, and was the Clinical Director of the Special Needs Clinic at the Division of Family Guidance for 15 years where she was the division's sexual abuse and offender expert. She was an adjunct Associate Professor at the NYU School of Social Work Masters and Doctoral programs for 15 years , the Ramapo College of NJ undergraduate Social Work program for 5 years and the Center for Psychoanalysis in Teaneck, NJ for 20 years. She also maintained a private practice for 35 years where she evaluated female sex offenders for the Passaic County Courts, was a consultant to Amnesty International, The Archdiocese of NY and NJ, numerous substance abuse facilities, organizations and schools. She was just appointed to a 3 year term by the CSWE to the Committee on Disabilities and Persons with Disabilities.
Dr. Levinstein's recent essay,"But You Don't Look Autistic" is being published in the Disability Journal WORDGATHERING in the Dec 2015 issue. Her book Women and Sadomasochistic Tension in Film and Prime Time Television: An Application of Psychoanalytic Film Theory to Television was published by Routledge in 1991. She also is the only Autistic PhD level Social Worker at this time globally and is fighting for public accommodations for the Neurodiverse population while developing the first strength based model of Autistic life for Social Work.
Julie Ma, Ph.D
Dr. Julie Ma joined the Social Work department in September of 2016. She received her Ph.D. in Social Work from Michigan State University in 2015. Her primary research interests center around the effects of neighborhood and family processes on the well-being of children. Her current research focuses on the risks of neighborhood disadvantage, harsh parenting, and parental substance abuse in child development, particularly on behavior problems and maltreatment in early childhood. Prior to joining UM-Flint, Dr. Ma taught at Michigan State University School of Social Work and supported a parent education program in Ypsilanti, MI. She currently teaches social work theory (HBSE). Her articles have been published by Family Relations, Child Abuse and Neglect, International Journal of Child and Adolescent Health, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, and Children and Youth Services Review.
Kasie White, LMSW
Kasie joined the Social Work Department as the BSW Field Education Coordinator in May 2015 bringing her passion for social work and assisting students to connect to programs within our community to enhance their individual learning. Kasie holds a bachelor's degree in social work from the University of Michigan-Flint and a clinical master's degree in social work from Michigan State University. Kasie has served in various leadership positions in Genesee County ranging from working with older adults, medical social work, homeless services, and disconnected youth services.
She has worked in vastly different arenas but at the core she works to empower individuals. Now being with the University she states “it is wonderful to experience the University of Michigan’s commitment to student success and community collaboration."
She will be teaching the field practice and macro social work courses. She is working with the field faculty team to bring additional community supports and opportunities for the senior BSW students and the Social Work Department. Kasie’s belief is “working together as a community changes lives.”
Todd Womack, MSW
Born and raised on the “North End” of Flint, I am a proud graduate of Northwestern High school. I am the product of a broken marriage, but of two committed parents and a host of family and friends that refused to allow me to become just another black male statistic. The “block” is what we use to call it and what I have come to realize is that this was organic “neighborhood watch.” I have been an instructor at the University of Michigan-Flint for five years. My professional experience covers over 24 years of practice in the profession of social work.
I have a B.S. from St. Cloud State University and a M.S.W. from Clark Atlanta University. I am the father of 3 boys Ngozi (blessing), Osei (noble), and Ande (unwavering) and the husband of Roshanda. My family is my first ministry and my goal in my home is to invoke an atmosphere of love, wholeheartedness and acceptance. Bill Gates explains that when he would interview prospective employees that he desired to select the applicant whose qualifications placed them in the top ten percent of the top ten percent of all possible applicants. Therefore in this spirit, I teach as if students are the top ten percent of the top ten percent of the student body. My expectation of students is high because it is my goal to prepare students to combat social injustice. In addition, it is always my hope that a student’s experience in my classroom will clarify for them their call to reach the disenfranchised. Jawanza Kunjufu once said to me, “Save our children.” This is my call.