Cassandra Barragan

Cassandra Barragan

Part-Time Faculty

(313) 577-4400

Cassandra Barragan


Barragan received her BSW from Southern Illinois University in 1994 after which she worked in foster care as both a caseworker and program supervisor. In 1996 she returned to earn her MSW from the University of Illinois. Since earning her MSW, she has worked primarily in the health care industry and a substantive portion of her work experience being in long-term care consulting. During this time, Barragan returned to school and is now pursuing her Ph.D. in Social Work from Wayne State University.  

Teaching experience includes group work, practice and theory (MSW & BSW); Human Behavior in the Social Environment (HBSE) I & II; Introduction to Social Work Practice; Macro Social Work Practice, Research Methods, Statistics, and Gerontology. She has also made several presentations for professional development of university faculty specializing in using institutional data and General Education assessment and course development.
Research interests include working with large data sets in particular the NSSE, CIRP, University baseddata, and the Health and Retirement Survey (HRS). Her current research includes comparison of FederalNursing home regulations and state Social Work licensure and substance abuse in elders based on the SEMCA study conducted at WSU. Her dissertation uses HRS data and is titled “The longitudinal buffering impact of personal resources on life satisfaction following stressful life events of minority elders”.
Barragan has presented her research nationally at several conferences including The American Gerontology Association (AGS); Gerontological Society of America (GSA), Michigan Assessment and Institutional Research (MI-AIR); Michigan Retention Conference and the Teaching and Learning Conference.

Degrees and Certifications

  • AA, University of Maryland Munich, West Germany
  • BSW, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, IL
  • MSW, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, IL 
  • Doctoral studies at Wayne State University

Teaching Interests

  • Group work, theory, and practice 
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment 
  • Gerontology 
  • Research Methods

Areas of Expertise

  • Professional works include departmental and organizational assessment and restructuring within the long-term care environment.
  • University institutional research
Substantive area of expertise 
  • Gerontology, Aging in the Community, Life Satisfaction, Aging policy 
Methods expertise 
  • Survey administration & analysis qualitative & quantitative 
  • SPSS 

Research Interests

  • The longitudinal buffering impact of personal resources on life satisfaction following stressful life events of minority elders

Office Location

Meeting Locations to be determined as needed

Courses Taught

SW7055 SW4010

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