Office: Health and Human Sciences (HHS) 314
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership: East Tennessee State University
M.S.W: University of Tennessee
B.A. in Psychology: University of North Carolina
Licensures and Certifications:
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction – School Social Work Licensure, Master’s
Academy of Certified Social Workers-NASW certification
Dr. Lasher joined the Western Carolina faculty in the fall of 2008. After receiving her graduate degree from the University of Tennessee in 1985, Dr. Lasher worked in clinical social work for 23 years specializing in counseling with children and adolescents. Her years of experience in the field led her to the current position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work. As a former school social worker, her interests include poverty and how it impacts children in the educational environment. Dr. Lasher designed and implemented the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s licensure in School Social Work for the first time at Western Carolina University. This certification is open to MSW students at WCU and employed school social workers across North Carolina. In addition, Dr. Lasher serves as a reviewer in School Social Work licensure for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
Her service at Western Carolina includes involvement on the Faculty Senate as the elected secretary and the Department of Student Community Ethics as the Chair for Academic Integrity hearings. Dr. Lasher is now serving her second term as the Western Carolina University representative to the University of North Carolina Faculty Assembly. She is committed to self-governance issues at the university and state wide level. In addition, she is the recipient of the College of Health and Human Services’ award for Service in 2013. The freshman class of 2017 selected Dr. Lasher as the First Year Experience Advocate of the year. Within the greater community she serves on the Board of Directors for AWAKE-Adults Working and Advocating for Kids’ Empowerment, Dr. Lasher is committed to the provision of services to abused and neglected children and their families in Jackson County.
Dr. Lasher’s dissertation research focused on the college experiences of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians. This was the first research study that focused only on the EBCI tribe and their encounters with institutes of higher education. Her interest in the completion of a college degree for all EBCI students led her to a partnership with Dr. Lisa Lefler in the MEd Cat project. Dr. Lasher spends summers with the program which exposes high school students to the college experience and health careers at Wake Forest University.
Although she did not attend or graduate from Western Carolina University, Dr. Lasher has been a devoted Catamount fan. She enjoys attending athletic events and cheering on the Cats!
Clark, C., Faircloth, V., Lasher, R. & McDonald, M. (2013). Alternative Spring Break Jamaica! Service Learning and Civic Engagement in a Developing Country. Global Partners in Education Journal, 13, (1), 49-56.
Lasher, R. (2017) College Experiences of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Research in Higher Education Journal, 33, 1-13.
Lasher, R. (2016) College Experiences of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians" Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 3062. http://dc.etsu.edu/etd/3062
Lasher, R., Lefler, L., Hudson, D., Metcalfe, S. (2017) Pipeline Programs to Increase the Diversity of Health Professional Students at Western Carolina University: Combining Efforts to Foster Equality. The Journal of Best Practices in Health Professions Diversity: Research, Education, and Policy, 9. (3), 5-18.
Robertson, P., Curtis, R., Lasher, R., Jacques, S., & Tom, S. J. (2013). Experiences of Postpartum Mood Disorders of Women With More Than One Child. Family Journal, 21(4), 435-442. doi:10.1177/1066480713491068