Chair and Associate Professor of Social Work
Degrees earned: Ph.D.
in Social Work, University of Chicago; MSW, Loyola University in Chicago.
experience: Regina Boarman has over 20 years of direct practice experience as
a social worker in Chicago and 15 years of teaching experience. Experience
includes clinical work with individuals and families in inpatient and
outpatient medical settings. Her areas of expertise include disabilities, aging
and mental health. In addition to her work as a medical social worker, Regina
maintained a private practice in Chicago as a mental health therapist, counseling
women who were experiencing transitions in their lives. She has published in
the area of caregiving for Alzheimer’s patients and most recently co-authored
with faculty from Clarke in nursing, physical therapy and education on
inter-professional learning through interdisciplinary collaboration, the
results of a research study involving students from all of the disciplines.
It is a privilege to teach, to walk briefly with students on their journey
through Clarke. I believe it must begin with the student’s reality and that my
responsibility is to listen carefully to each student, teach and guide, and in
all things to be consistent in my expectations, and my presence emotionally,
psychologically, and spiritually.
Clarke’s impact on Regina:
At Clarke people care for one another. When something happens everyone
comes together. When someone is hurt or ill people want to be there to support
and help out in any way they can. It really is a caring community.
Movie – The Help
Book – The Spirit
Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and The
Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman
Quote – “You must
do the thing you think you cannot do.” Eleanor Roosevelt