Lori Westropp, MSW

Associate Professor, BSW Program, Field Director


Lori has been at the University of Saint Francis since 2013 and is the Program and Field Director for the Bachelor of Social Work program.  She received her Master of Social Work at Loyola University with a concentration in School Social Work practice.  Since coming to USF, Lori has developed and taught multiple social work courses, primarily focusing on social work professional development and field practicums.  Lori enjoys serving as a mentor, advocate, facilitator, and providing life-long learning experiences to students.  She does this not only in the classroom setting but in her role as the Field Director, ensuring students have opportunities to practice the knowledge, values, and skills they are learning in actual practice settings. 

Lori has been practicing in the field of social work for thirty years.  During this time, she has worked with youth and families in different settings which include schools, juvenile justice, community mental health, and adolescent residential facilities. In these different settings Lori’s roles include case management, facilitator, therapist (individual and group), program developer, supervisor, and program administrator. Lori continues to practice in the field of social work by providing clinical services to individuals, groups, and families, focusing on at risk youth and juvenile sex-offenders.  In addition, Lori serves on multiple boards for local non-for-profits who work and advocate for access to mental health, education, and services for at risk youth. 

Areas of Interest

  • Youth and Families
  • Child Welfare
  • Social justice and Advocacy
  • School Social Work
  • Interprofessional Collaboration
  • Administration and Management

Selected Presentations

AIHS (Aging and In Home Services):  Ethics,- Conflict of Interest, Fort Wayne, IN

CSWE (Council of Social Work Education) Annual Program Meeting, Dallas, TX

Presentation:  Project-Based Learning:  Using Small Groups to Strengthen Community Connections

IASWG (International Association of Social Work Groups- 39th Symposium, New York, NY

Presentations:  Project-Based Learning:  Using Small Groups to Strengthen Community Connections

NACADA (National Academic Advising Association), Crossroads In Advising, Indianapolis IN

Presentation Title:  Hierarchy of Needs for Relational Advising