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Tonya M. Westbrook

Tonya Westbrook

Associate Professor

College of Health and Human Sciences

Social Work

Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.2578
Office: 310 Health and Human Sciences Building
Pronouns: she, her


Tonya M. Westbrook received her BSW from Jacksonville State University, MSW from University of Cincinnati, and PhD in social work from University of Georgia. She practiced social work in the public child welfare field for over ten years before entering academia. She's been with WCU since August 2007 becoming tenured in spring 2013.


  • Ph D, University of Georgia, Social Work
  • MS, University of Cincinnati
  • BS, Jacksonville State University
  • BSW, Jacksonville State University

Teaching Interests

Child welfare, trauma responsive social work, human behavior in the social environment, case management, social work interviewing skills, social work ethics

Research Interests

Public child welfare retention and turnover issues, scholarship of teaching and learning

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