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Catherine Leach, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Office Phone: (951) 343-4842
Office Location: James Building Room 281
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30am- 1:30pm

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ed.D. Organizational Leadership University of La Verne 2014
M.A. Sociology California State University Dominguez Hills 1999
B.A. Africana Studies California State University Dominguez Hills 1994
B.A. Sociology California State University Dominguez Hills 1994
  • Additional Education

    I have worked in the field of social welfare for 17 years. My career began at Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services as a social worker. I have worked at a variety of foster family agencies in various roles, such as social worker, supervisor, intake and placement supervisor, and social welfare administrator. In addition, I have served as a Foster Care Education Consultant for the Foster Care Kinship Education Program (FCKE) at Rio Hondo College.

  • Courses Taught

    SWK 534 Case Management
    SWK 564 Child and Family Welfare
    BEH 250 Reading and Writing in Behavioral Sciences

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    Child Abuse and Prevention
    Effectiveness of the Child Welfare System
    Ethical Decision Making in Social Welfare
    Leadership in Social Welfare
    Human Trafficking

  • Teaching Experience at Institutions Other than CBU

    California State University Long Beach
    California State University Dominguez Hills
    Los Angeles Trade Technical College
    Rio Hondo College

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    Selected Publications, Presentations, Lectures and Workshops
    Dissertation: When Good Leaders Go Bad: A Study of Ethical Decision Making in Social Welfare Administrators
    Child Abuse Awareness. California State University Long Beach. Child Abuse Prevention Club
    Human Trafficking Workshop: Information, Awareness & Protections. University College of the Caribbean. Montego Bay, Jamaica
    Human Trafficking Symposium. Foothill Alumnae Chapter. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
    Ethics & Confidentiality in Social Services. Options for Recovery
    Motivation and Team Building. Alliance Human Services
    Time Management. Alliance Human Services

  • Church Membership & Activities

    Cottonwood Church

  • Community Service & Involvement

    Community Service Volunteer and Fundraising Volunteer- AbilityFirst: Crown House and Sierra Rose.

  • Interests & Hobbies

    I am thankful for my husband Bernard, my daughter Maia and our cat named Katie. We love spending time with with each other, extended family, volunteering in the community, and traveling.

  • Personal Philosophy

    Proverbs 3:5-6
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.