Teaching Interest: Practice with children, youth, and families; trauma; child welfare, community engaged participatory research, social theory, mental health of school children and personnel 

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 and implementation science 

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
Past Affiliations

Associate Professor, Social Work, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

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

Clinical Scholar Fellow, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2018-2021

Council on Social Work Education