EPHRAIM, Utah — Utah State University Ephraim is pleased to announce the addition of Julie Stevens to the campus faculty. Stevens joins USU Ephraim as an assistant professor of Social Work, working in USU’s Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences.
“We are thrilled to have Julie join The Department of Social Work and partner with USU Ephraim,” Jess Lucero, department head and associate professor of social work shared. “The demand for social workers in central Utah continues to grow, and Julie will be instrumental in expanding the behavioral health workforce to meet these critical community needs. Julie has deep roots in the six-county area. Her connection to indigenous communities and culture and her expertise in school social work add exciting dimensions to our faculty.”
Stevens joins USU Ephraim after working for four years as a school-contracted mental health therapist at the Central Utah Counseling Center, which she began after completing her graduate degree. During her schooling, Stevens also worked as an intern at the Central Utah Correctional Facility. In her time in Logan, Stevens also was an intern at the Juvenile Probation – Mental Health Court. Stevens has been a member of the National Association of Social Workers since 2015.
“I am very excited about Julie bringing her expertise to communities in Central Utah,” said Nancy Glomb, Associate Vice President. USU Ephraim is happy to support her important work.”
Stevens is a graduate from USU, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work with a minor in Psychology in 2016. Stevens would go on to earn a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Utah in 2017.
"I am passionate about social work and the perspective it can bring to communities. I am excited about this position, since we are expanding our ability to serve rural Utah. I hope to bring resources closer to those individuals seeking further education and collaborate with community partners in the 6-county area,” Stevens shared. “I look forward to seeing the social workers who come out of our program work in their communities and respond to what were previously unmet needs. The hope is to bring education to those who are established in rural areas so they can create connections within their communities to best serve them."
Prior to her work in social work, Stevens worked as both a surgical assistant in Hawaii and as an ICU clinical assistant in Texas. She then worked as an English teacher in Japan for more than three years. During her time as an undergraduate student, she worked in customer service and as a paraprofessional.
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