Dr. Anissa Rogers, Ph.D, MA, MSW, LCSW

Professor and Director, MSW Program

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Anissa Rogers

PLU is a special community, so being able to house an MSW program here is a privilege. Our students have unique opportunities to build community in our program and engage in learning experiences that most MSW programs don't have. Our study away requirement is just one example.

Office Location: Xavier Hall - 144

Office Hours: (On Campus) Tue: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm (On Campus) Wed: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (On Campus) Thu: 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Curriculum Vitae: View my CV

  • Professional
  • Biography
  • Why PLU?

Education

  • Ph.D., Social Work Gerontology, University of Utah , 1997
  • Masters, Social Work, University of Utah, 1997
  • M.A., Counseling Psychology, Ball State University, 1993
  • B.A., Psychology and Spanish, University of Utah, 1990

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing): EMDRIA International
  • Gerontology: University of Utah Gerontology Center
  • Substance Abuse Counseling: University of Utah Graduate School of Social Work

Books

  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment: Perspectives on Development and the Life Course (6th Ed.) (NY: Routledge 2022) : View Book
  • Aging in the Social Environment (Oxford University Press 2022) : View Book
  • Photovoice in Social Work (Oxford University Press 2022)

Biography

Anissa T. Rogers, PhD, MA, MSW, LCSW received her PhD, MSW, and Gerontology Certificate at the University of Utah; MA in Counseling Psychology at Ball State University; and BA in Psychology at the University of Utah. She has held faculty and leadership positions in social work at Plymouth State University, University of Portland, and CSUSB. Dr. Rogers’s research primarily focuses on health and mental health issues of older adults, with emphasis on LGBTQ+ populations and cross-cultural comparisons of health practices. Dr. Rogers has published three textbooks: Human Behavior in the Social Environment (6th edition), with Routledge, and Aging in the Social Environment (with Joy Ernst) and Photography in Social Work and Social Change (with Drs. Hash and Naleppa), both with Oxford University Press. Dr. Rogers’s work has been disseminated in and presented at national and international journals and conferences and has been the recipient of several research, teaching, service, and advising awards.

Why PLU?

What do you like about teaching PLU students?
The students at PLU are truly amazing. They are kind, earnest, and committed co-learners, explorers, and collaborators in the learning journey.

What’s exciting about teaching in the PLU MSW program?
It’s an honor to have the opportunity to teach MSW students. These are the people who will be serving and shaping all the systems that support people and our communities. When I work with our students, I have hope for a better world.

What makes PLU’s MSW special?
PLU is a special community, so being able to house an MSW program here is a privilege. Our students have unique opportunities to build community in our program and engage in learning experiences that most MSW programs don’t have. Our study away requirement is just one example. We also are student-focused in our program design to help set students up for success.