Carla Thornton, DSW

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Office Phone: (951) 552-8197
Office Location: James 275
Office Hours: Monday (12-4pm), Tuesday (8:30am-10:30am) Thursday (4pm-6pm)

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
DSW Social Work University of Southern California 2018
MA Social Work/Community Organizing Planning and Administration University of Southern California 2012
MA Management University of Redlands 2011
BS Social Science/Speech Communication University of Maryland University College 2008
  • Additional Education


    Online Teaching and Learning Certificate, San Bernardino Community College District, July 2020
    Accessible Online Course Certificate, San Bernardino Community College District, July 2020

  • Courses Taught

    Doctoral Level Classes
    -SWK 705: Community Engagement and Social Innovation

    Graduate Level Classes
    -SWK 500: Social Work Practice
    -SWK 520: Social Welfare Policy
    -SWK 573: Social Work Management & Leadership
    -SWK 561: Field Practicum
    -PSY 500: Diversity Issues in Counseling Psychology
    -SWK 563: Advanced Community Practice II
    -SWK 535: Case Management
    -SWK 530: Marginalized Populations

    Undergraduate Level Classes
    - PSY 301: History and Systems of Psychology
    - SWK 300: Introduction to Social Work
    - SOC 335: Social Problems
    - PSY 120: Lifespan Development of Healthcare Professionals

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    Political Social Work
    Social Work Leadership
    Economic Development
    Local Communities

  • Teaching Experience at Institutions Other than CBU

    SOWO-101- Introduction to Social Work- Crafton Hills College, Yucaipa, CA

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    -Thornton, C. J. Christian Synergy: Applying Biblical Methodologies When Engaging with Marginalized Populations.
    National Association of Christian Social Work Conference- California, Riverside, CA. February, 2020.
    -Thornton, C.J. Demographic profiles of persons with mental health disabilities. California Fair Housing Council “Laws and Litigation Conference, San Diego, CA. February, 2020.
    -Thornton, C.J. Power of Networking, Department of Veterans Affairs Women Veterans Luncheon, Riverside, CA. October, 2018.
    -Thornton, C.J. Veterans Stand-down: Riverside Area Veterans Expo, March Air Reserve Base; Riverside, CA. September 2018.
    -Thornton, C.J. Women Veterans, State of the American Veteran Conference, Los Angeles, CA. September 2017.
    -Thornton C.J. Single Parent Women Veterans, Women Veterans Alliance, La Puente, CA. August 2017.
    -Thornton C.J. Veterans and Advocacy, State of Riverside County Need, 211 Community Connect, Riverside, CA. March 2017.
    -Thornton C.J. Leading from the front: transitioning veterans within academia, Yucaipa, CA. January 2017.

  • Church Membership & Activities

    Crosswords Christian Church

  • Community Service & Involvement

    Councilmember, City of Moreno Valley
    Co-Chair, Department of Veterans Affairs, Inland Empire Community Veterans Engagement Board
    Board-member, Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center
    Past-Chairwoman, California Department of Veterans Affairs Board
    Past Council-member, Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military and Families, University of Southern California
    Past-Chairwoman, Traffic Commission, City of Moreno Valley
    Past-Chairwoman, Environmental and Historical Presentation Board, City of Moreno Valley

  • Interests & Hobbies

    Travel (have been on 20+cruises)
    Spending time with family

  • Personal Philosophy

    Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6