Faculty Profiles

Social Work department faculty bios and information.


Dr. Chathapuram Ramanathan

Dr. Chathapuram (Ram) Ramanathan

  • Position: Chair and Associate Professor
  • Department: Social Work
  • Office Location:  Building 85, Room 134A

Dr. Chathapuram (Ram) Ramanathan, Ph.D., ACSW, LMSW, LMFT is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the UWF Department of Social Work. He has worked in the human service area for over three decades including social work services for over 35 years.

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Janet Albury

  • Position: Instructor
  • Department: Social Work
  • Office Location:  Building 85, Room 138

Janet Albury, who has a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Alabama, is an Instructor at UWF.

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Dr. Daniel W. Durkin

  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Department: Social Work
  • Office Location:  Building 85, Room 140

Dr. Daniel Durkin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work and the Alzheimer's Association Ambassador for Florida's 1st Congressional District.

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Dr. Laura D. Edler

  • Position: Visiting Assistant Professor
  • Department: Social Work
  • Office Location:  Building 85, Room 142

Dr. Laura D. Edler is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work.

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Dr. Joseph Herzog

  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Department: Social Work
  • Office Location:  Building 85, Room 143

Dr. Joseph Herzog, an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work, has more than 20 years experience as a human service provider and director of counseling centers.

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Dr. Melinda L. Lewis

  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Department: Social Work
  • Office Location:  Building 85, Room 139

Dr. Melinda Lewis, an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work, has both academic and first-hand understanding of social work in various settings.

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Julie Patton

  • Position: Assistant Professor
  • Department: Social Work
  • Office Location:  Building 85, Room 144

Julie Patton, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work, teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on generalist practice and mind/body and positive psychology.

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Dr. Paula Rappe

  • Position: Assistant Professor
  • Department: Social Work
  • Office Location:  Building 85, Room 146

Dr. Paula Rappe, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work, majored in both Community Organization and Mental Health when she earned her Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Southern Mississippi.

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Dr. Diane Scott

  • Position: Associate Dean, Professor, and Interim Chair for the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Department: Social Work
  • Office Location:  Building 85, Room 106

Dr. Diane L. Scott is a Professor and Associate Dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies.

Adjunct Faculty

Social Work department adjunct faculty contact and bio information.


  • Lynette Bledsoe

    • Position: Adjunct Faculty
    • Department: Social Work
    • lbledsoe@uwf.edu
    • Courses: Interviewing and Recording
  • Sabrina Conklin

    • Position: Adjunct Faculty
    • Department: Social Work
    • sconklin@uwf.edu
    • Courses: Intro to Field of Social Work
  • David Darbyshire

    • Position: Adjunct Faculty
    • Department: Social Work
    • ddarbyshire@uwf.edu
    • Courses: Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment: Special Issues
  • Dr. Kristy Durkin

    • Position: Adjunct Faculty
    • Department: Social Work
    • kdurkin@uwf.edu
    • Courses: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, MSW Research Foundations
  • Erin King

    • Position: Adjunct Faculty
    • Department: Social Work
    • eking1@uwf.edu
    • Courses: Social Work Research Foundations
  • Rena Nord

    • Position: Adjunct Faculty
    • Department: Social Work
    • rnord@uwf.edu
    • Courses: Intro to Field of Social Work, Social Work Field Instruction, Senior Seminar