Assistant Professor of Practice, Master of Social Work
Lafkas, S. M., Christensen, M., & Madsen, S.R. (2023). The Impact of COVID-19 on Women and Work: Career Advancement Challenges. Merits, 3, 167-185. https://doi.org/10.3390/merits3010011
Lafkas, S. M., Fox-Kirk, W., Madsen, S. R., & Scribner, R. T. (2021). Strengthening sisters: How Latter-day Saint missionary service prepares women for leadership. Journal of Leadership Studies, 15 (2), 1-27 DOI:10.1002/jls.21777
Dr. Lafkas began her career working as an elementary school teacher in South Los Angeles. After receiving her MSW, she was a social worker in Child Protective Services in Northern California. Some of her additional professional experiences include working as a psychotherapist in private practice and at college counseling and community mental health service centers. Dr. Lafkas has also previously served as a social work faculty member and as an instructor for graduate-level counseling courses. Dr. Lafkas’ dissertation focused on Latter-Saint (Mormon) Women who experienced parental divorce. She has also presented and written on many other topics, including self-compassion practice. Some of her recent research has focused on women’s perceptions of self-compassion.
The Department of Visual and Performing Arts presents its spring 2023 exhibitions, senior capstones, and performance lineup. Enjoy unique exhibits in the McCoy Gallery, as well as performances in the Rogers Center.