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Helen P. Hartnett, Ph.D.

Professor and Administrative Leadership Fellow, Office of the Dean, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Hartnett came to WVU from the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare in 2007. She has a record of teaching, research, and service in the areas of homelessness, advocacy/policy practice, community organizing, critical evaluation of practice, and the ways in which social work practice is influenced by socio-spatial processes – the geography of services provided to people in any environment. Her social work practice experience includes a variety of positions in political advocacy, program planning, administration, and research in the area of homelessness.


  • Ph.D., Ohio State University
  • M.S.W., Ohio State University
  • M.A., Women’s Studies, Ohio State University


  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Program Evaluation
  • Community and Organizational Practice


  • Homelessness
  • Community Practice
  • Program Evaluation
  • Social Geography


  • Association for Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA)
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)