Teaching Interest: Practice with children, youth, and families; trauma; child welfare, community engaged participatory research, social theory. 

Her areas of research interest include child welfare workforce issues, trauma education, teaching and learning, and rural social work.  Dr. Pierce teaches graduate courses in child welfare and trauma, and theory, and community engaged participatory action research. 

Practice Experience:

  • Adoption and teen pregnancy social worker
  • Clinical social worker-- sexual abuse; family treatment and intervention; private practice related to trauma in women and children; EAP
Social Work, Social Work
PhD, Case Western Reserve University, 2012
MLSP, Bryn Mawr College, Work and Social Research, 1985
MSS, Bryn Mawr College, Work and Social Research, 1984
BS, St. Joseph’s University
child welfare rural services traumatology, accidents & injury