Nadine Bean, PhD.



Nadine Bean, PhD, LCSW is an Associate Professor in the Master of Social Work Program, West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She is the 2015 recipient of the University’s Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Bean’s commitment to underserved populations is best exemplified by her work in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, where she was a founding board member of, an organization dedicated to rebuilding the devastated Lower Ninth Ward. As a Disaster Mental Health Services volunteer with the American Red Cross, she has worked in the aftermath of local and national disasters including in New York City after the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Dr. Bean also works with military families as a national board member and volunteer clinician for The Soldiers Project and as a trainer for the Red Cross’ Coping with Deployments and Reconnections programs. She is a past president of the NASW-Pennsylvania Chapter (2005 to 2007) and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chapter in 2011.

In 2012, she received a SAGE/CSWE Award for Innovative Teaching in Social Work Education, in part for the development of the course, “Social Work with Veterans and Military Families: A Resilience and Trauma-informed Approach”. Her current research interests involve integrative health education and services, teaching from a recovery/resiliency framework and the use of socially transformative and narrative research approaches to give voice to those traditionally not heard in larger society.


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