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Megan Piel

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Assistant Professor

Megan Hayes Piel joined the WSU School of Social Work faculty in 2015. She received her Ph.D. from Arizona State University and was a Doris Duke Fellow for the Promotion of Child Well-Being. Her research focuses on the intersection of child welfare and behavioral health, with attention to foster youth and transitions to adulthood.

Dr. Piel’s experience in social work settings includes providing interventions and program supervision for youth and emerging adults in behavioral health and foster care group homes and schools. The scope of her work is inherently interdisciplinary as it focuses on intervention with vulnerable populations involved in multiple service systems

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Degrees and Certifications

• PhD, Social Work, Arizona State University
• MSW, Arizona State University
• BS, Biopsychology, Nebraska Wesleyan University

Teaching Interests

• Interpersonal Practice with Children and Families
• Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice
• Child Welfare and Social Systems 
• Emerging Adulthood

Areas of Expertise


• Child welfare and well-being
• Youth aging out of foster care
• Responsive engagement in mental health 
• Foster family resilience and satisfaction
• Child maltreatment prevention 


• Community-based intervention research
• Behavior analytic methods
• Qualitative data analysis
• Quantitative data analysis

Office Location
5447 Woodward Avenue, Rm 047
Courses Taught

SW 5755 Introduction to Child Welfare

SW 6100 Child Welfare and Social Systems: Context for Case Management Practice