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Jina Lewallen

Assistant Professor of Social Work/Program Director

Contact Information

Houston Hall 221D

970.248.2004

jilewallen@coloradomesa.edu

Education

PhD, Applied Gerontology: University of North Texas
MA, Masters of Arts: University of Arkansas at Little Rock
MSW, Masters of Social Work: University of Arkansas at Little Rock
BSW, Bachelor of Social Work: University of Arkansas at Little Rock 

Biography

Jina Lewallen, PhD, earned her BSW in 1999, MA and MSW in 2002 from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and PhD from North Texas State. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Arkansas and Texas and she holds an SW Qualifier from the UK. 

Lewallen has taught in higher education since 2003 in Arkansas, Texas, Tennessee and Northumbria, Newcastle, UK. She brings 15+ years of clinical and academic experience to Colorado Mesa University.

Her philosophy in teaching is a collaborative dialog between students and teacher, working together for understanding, questioning and disseminating information. Teaching, class discussions, experiential learning opportunities and sharing real-life cases add value to the classroom. 

Her specialty area of practice is with adults and especially older adults. Her work with older individuals who are at risk for homelessness, substance abuse and mental health challenges has been ongoing since 1999. 

Lewallen's research interests include interdisciplinary care, homelessness, aging, clinical practice, mental health and experiential learning. She has also been a field supervisor and field instructor for many years. 

She enjoys photography as a hobby, hiking, traveling and quilting.

Selected Publications

Chekuri, L., Turturro, C.L., Lewallen, J P., Chekuri, V., & Mittal, D. Gender differences in older homeless adults: Findings in a homeless sample from Little Rock. [Abstract]. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 23 (3) S79 – S81, 2015.

Chekuri, L., Turturro, C.L., Lewallen, J P., & Mittal, D. Changing demographic trends in elderly homeless: Findings in a homeless sample from Little Rock. [Abstract]. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 22 (3) S100 - S101, 2014.

Lewallen, J. P. (2014). Homeless Predictors in the Older Adult. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing (17 April 2014). ISBN-10: 3659533750. ISBN-13: 978-3659533754.

Lewallen, J. P., Turturro, C. L., and Turturro, A. Working with Other Healthcare Providers. In: Preventative Dermatology (Ed. R. Norman). Springer Publishers, August 2010.

Lewallen, J. P. and Adams, S. R. Domestic Violence, Abuse, and Neglect: Indicators for Dermatology. In: Preventative Dermatology (Ed. R. Norman). Springer Publishers, August 2010.

Rosalie Otters, Carolyn Turturro, and Jina Lewallen (2014) BSW House Calls: A New Look at Aging Through Experiential Learning. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work: 2014, Vol. 19, No. 1, pp. S-41-S-58.

Curriculum Vitae