Jennifer Costello, M.S.W.

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Office Phone: 951-552-8148
E-mail: jcostello@calbaptist.edu
Office Location:
Office Hours: Mondays 9:30-11:30, Wednesdays 9:30-11:30 and Fridays 9:30-12:30 by appointment

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
M.S.W. Social Work University of Southern California 2012
B.A. Psychology Ashford University
  • Courses Taught

    Law and Ethics
    Advanced Psychopathology
    Counseling Theory
    Addictions Counseling
    Social Welfare Policy
    Case Management
    Field Practicum
    Diversity Issues in Counseling
    Social Work Skills II
    Special Topics:
    Military, Veterans and Families
    Mental Health First Aid

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    Integrated Behavioral Health
    How can we improve assessment of suicidal ideation/intent at the primary care level for service members and veterans?
    Understanding child abuse in the context of military service. What factors increase the risk of child abuse and neglect in families during the deployment cycle?
    What is the relationship between, deployment, PTSD, and marital functioning?
    What are the training and education needs of clinicians who work with service members, veterans and their family members?
    How does trauma affect attachment across the lifespan?
    How does immigration policy impact child abuse/neglect rates and domestic violence rates in migrant communities?
    What cultural competencies improve engagement with migrant communities? How does this guide and inform training needs for social workers?
    Can we reduce arrest rates of service members and veterans by training law enforcement on the mental health needs of this population?
    Does feedback informed practice improve reunification rates for families in child welfare?
    How can child welfare utilize a multi-disciplinary approach to reduce removal rates?
    Does the use of a behaviorally written case plan decrease the time to reunification?
    How does multiple deployments improve or harm resiliency factors in military children?
    What interventions are effective in decreasing child abuse and neglect rates in the military population?
    Does linking individuals to faith based organizations during treatment improve clinical outcomes?

  • Teaching Experience

    University of Alaska Fairbanks

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    Presenter at the International Conference on Innovations in Family Engagement organized by the Kempe Center at the University of Colorado Denver - 2015 Engaging Families to Build Safety Through Effective and Meaningful Case Planning. Presented on techniques to engage families in the process of identifying their strengths and needs to develop an effective and meaningful case plan that builds safety through behaviorally-driven objectives instead of focusing on service compliance.

    The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at California Baptist University was recently awarded a $13,000 grant by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC, which was co-authored by Dr. Gustafson and Professor Costello. The funds will be used to document the oral history of elderly residents living in the Riverside neighborhood known as Casa Blanca.

  • Church Membership & Activities

    The Grove Church
    Member of the Faith in Motion Collaborative for Riverside County

  • Community Service & Involvement

    Mental Health First Aid Trainer for Faith Community
    Supervise MSW students
    Member of the Veteran Mental Health Summit Committee 2018
    Volunteer at the Veterans Administration Hospital
    Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
    Safety Organized Practice Trainer
    Recipient Social Worker of the Year Award Riverside County
    2014 Supervisor Excellence Award Riverside County 2016
    Phi Alpha Honor Society Social Work
    2006 Amy Volunteer of the Year Award Germany,
    2002, 2004 Army Volunteer of the Year Award Ft. Wainwright, Alaska 2006, 2008

  • Interests & Hobbies

    I love spending time with my amazing husband and our four beautiful children. I love to garden, cook and read. My family enjoys hiking, camping and fishing.

  • Personal Philosophy

    Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.