Satara Armstrong, Ph.D.

Professor of Social Work
Director, Social Work Program

Office Phone: (951) 552-8442
Office Location: James Building, 106
Office Hours: By appointment

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Human Services Capella University 2009
MSW Clinical Social Work University of Kansas 1999
B.A. Psychology Baker University 1997
  • Additional Education

    Council on Social Work Education Site Visitor Training, 2013.

  • Courses Taught

    Human Behavior and the Social Environment I and II
    Social Research
    Social Policy
    Social Work Practice I–III
    Psychological Research Methods
    Child Maltreatment
    Spirituality Social Work
    Death and Dying
    Grief and Loss
    Senior Capstone
    Diversity I and II
    Social Gerontology
    Social Determinants of Health
    Field Seminar

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    Health Disparities
    Emotional Resilience
    Native American Health
    Positive Aging
    Asset Building for the Working Poor
    Global Social Work

  • Teaching Experience

    Full Time Teaching Positions:

    Associate Professor of Social Work, Indiana Wesleyan University, 2013–2015

    Assistant Professor of Social Work (tenured), Northeastern State University, 2009–2013

    Assistant Professor of Social Work, East Central University, 2006–2009

    Chair, Sociology and Social Work Programs, North Central Missouri College, 2004–2006

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    Armstrong, S. (2015). Emotional Resilience and Spirituality: Genetic Predispositions & the Role of the Family. TNAS Summer Scholars Program, Guest Lecturer.

    Armstrong, S. (2014). Quantitative and Qualitative Insights on Organ Donation among Native Americans in Oklahoma. Native Research Network Annual Conference.

    Crandall, S. (2014). Review of Transcending Dementia Through the TTAP Method: A New Psychology of Art, Brain and Cognition Linda Levine Madori, PhD, CRTS, ATR-BC, Health Professions Press, Baltimore, Maryland, 2013. The New Social Worker Online.

    (2013). Peer Review Board Member. Journal of Addiction, Recovery & Aftercare.

    (2012). Invited Proposal Reviewer: Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors Annual Conference; Research Track Reviewer; Gerontology Reviewer.

    Whitekiller, V. & Armstrong, S. (2012). Attitudes toward the Aged: Can One Assignment Make a Difference? The Council on Social Work Education, Annual Program Meeting.

    Armstrong, S. (2011). Understanding Organ Donation. Healthy Spirit. Summer Issue, p 47-51.

    Armstrong, S. (2011). Theatrical Storytelling: Culturally Relevant Health Promotion to Decrease Health Disparities in Organ Transplants within Native American Nations in Oklahoma. New York University’s Forum on Theatre and Public Health.

    Kwon, K., Han, D., Bang, E. & Armstrong, S. (2010). Feelings of Isolation and Coping Mechanisms in Online Learning Environments: A Case Study of Asian International Students. International Journal of Learning 17(2) p. 343-356.

    (2010). Invited Reviewer for Manuscript Publication, Research on Social Work Practice.

    Armstrong, S. (2010). Organ Donation Hesitation & American Indian Nations in Oklahoma. The Society for Cross Cultural Research.

    (2010). Invited Referee for Manuscript Publication, International Journal of Learning.

    Armstrong (2010). A Snapshot of Service Learning with Older Adults: Connecting the University Community with the Aging Community. Oklahoma Teaching & Learning Conference. Northeastern State University.

    Recycle Yourself: Why organ donation is important to combat health disparities. Faculty Presentation, East Central University, February 19, 2008.

    Health disparities and non-reservation dwelling tribal nations: Oh, what a difference a reservation makes. Speaker series, Health & Inequality Track, Social Justice & Art Group, Kansas City, MO, February 6, 2009.

    Armstrong, S. (2008). Health disparities in organ donation and transplantation. The Native American Speaks. The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Radio Interview.

    The CSWE BEL Program and the need for competent gerontology social workers—the link between education and practice. East Central University Social Work Advisory Board, March, 2008.

    Immigration Issues from a Social Worker’s Perspective. Faculty Panel, East Central University Political Science Department Presentation, 2008.

    Individual Development Accounts (IDA’s) and Community Health, Women in Leadership Group, KCMO, May, 2007.

    Sociological Impacts of Domestic Violence, Grundy County Human Resource Council, 2005.

    The First Year Experience, North Central Missouri College, Faculty Senate, 2005.

    “Issues in Online Teaching,” Faculty In-Service, Kansas City Kansas Community College 2004.

    “IDA’s : Now and Then”, Kansas City Kansas Community College Social Science Department, Annual Faculty Retreat, KC,KS, 2004.

  • Church Membership & Activities

    I have been an active member of church communities since I was young. From mission trips to women's retreats, the church has played a vital role in my life.

    My family recently relocated to Riverside, CA and is currently looking for a church home.

  • Community Service & Involvement

    Positive Peers
    Global Social Service Workforce Alliance
    Reading to Residents
    Elder Advocacy
    Art for Elders
    Invisible Children
    Homeless Outreach
    Catholic Charities

  • Interests & Hobbies


  • Personal Philosophy

    "Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody's business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy if anything can.”
    Thomas Merton

    "Just as each one of us has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of the varied grace of God."
    1 Peter 4:10

    My teaching philosophy involves mentorship, creativity and modeling professionalism, critical thinking and social work values. I take an applied approach to teaching and use many relevant examples that tie theory and research directly to the field. Critical thinking, evidenced-based practice, social work values and ethics, as well as a global world view are all elements I infuse into the courses that I teach. I believe in building on the strengths of the class, and I bring enthusiasm, positivity, professionalism and openness into all classes I teach. I also enjoy using art in the classroom and find it often enhances student learning and fosters discussions. I am very grateful for the privilege of teaching and learning from my students.