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Raquel Warley

Social Work

Office: ST 819
Phone: 323-343-4686


Raquel Warley joined the faculty in the school of social work in the fall of 2008. Originally from Bronx, New York, Dr. Warley received a bachelor of arts degree in forensic psychology from John Jay College School of Criminal Justice in 1993. Following her undergraduate studies she obtained three graduate degrees: a masters of arts in criminal justice (John Jay College, 1995), a masters of social work (Hunter College, 2002), and a masters of philosophy (City University of New York, 2006). In May 2009, she completed her doctorate degree at the City University of New York. Her dissertaion was a secondary analysis that investigated situational predictors of male-to-male homicide involving adolescent perpetrators. Before coming to CSULA, Dr. Warley worked for 6 years as a clinician in the Employee Assistance Program at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. She also served as an emergency room advocate for seven years with the Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention (SAVI)Program, and is certified as a rape crisis counselor in New York state. Her career in academia began in 2002-2003; she served as an adjunct professor in the masters program at Hunter College School of Social Work. During her tenure at Hunter, she taught practice, research, and policy courses in the regular curriculum and the distant learning program.



Dr. Warley's teaching philosophy and pedagogy is based on the sociological notion of the self-fulfilling prophecy. She firmly believes that students’ scholarly pursuits are largely explained by faculty’s expectations of their skills and talents. In social work education, she maintains that this idea is particularly important inasmuch as the field is female-dominated and increasingly involves people of color. Women and ethnic minorities are traditionally disempowered and not recognized for their full educational potential. As an educator, a woman, and a person of color she declares that it is important that she does not institute teaching methods which support the false conceptions that these students are insufficiently qualified to engage in higher learning and professional activity. To this end, her teaching practice is based on empowerment theory. Dr. Warley operationalizes this approach by deconstructing sociopolitical propaganda concerning learners from marginalized communities and fostering critical consciousness among her students. It is also effected by holding students to customary university performance standards, while amplifying their strengths, competencies, and resources instead of deficiencies. Since coming to CSULA, Dr. Warley has taught advanced research methods and a variety of undergraduate- and graduate-level micro practice courses. These courses include Advanced Social Welfare Research; Thesis I; Thesis II; Micro Practice I: Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups; Advanced Practice II: Diversity Perspectives Over the Life Course; Social Work Practice in Minority Communities; and Advanced Practice III: The Advanced Urban Generalist Practitioner (Children, Youth, Women, & Families).



Dr. Warley has almost 15 years of research experience. She has worked on three projects funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and conducted under the auspices of the Institute on Trauma and Violence at National Development Research Institutes, Inc. (NDRI) in New York City. The first study, Learning About Drugs & Violence Among Adolescents (LAVIDA), was a retrospective, correlational investigation designed to assess the role of drug use and trafficking in youth violence. For this research, self-reports were obtained from male and female adolescents who were adjudicated for one of four violent offenses, namely aggravated assault, sexual assault, robbery, or homicide, and remanded to the care and custody of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) during the United State’s most recent epidemic of juvenile violence. The second initiative was an exploratory survey of a sample of incarcerated males in the New York State Department of Corrections. The purpose of the research was to examine the relationship between childhood maltreatment and subsequent participation in drugs and violence among adolescent male offenders. While at NDRI she also had the opportunity to be involved in a study designed to replicated the LAVIDA project and determine if the relationship between drugs, trauma, and violent crime were consistent for a sample of adjudicated violent youth offenders in Maryland State.


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