Department of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies & Social Work

Faculty/Staff

Pam Clary

Pam Clary

BSW Program Director
Assistant Professor of Social Work
Wilson Hall 203C
(816) 271-4341

Dr. Pam Clary came to Missouri Western State University as the Acting Social Work Program Director, in August 2007. She remained in this position until August 2009, when she stepped into the Field Director’s position so she could return to school to complete her doctoral work. In August 2014, Dr. Clary resumed the leadership position of Program Director. Dr. Clary received her BSW (’87) from Kansas State University, MSW (’91) from the University of Kansas and her PhD (’14) from Kansas State University. She has over 17 years of direct clinical experience, over 15 years of teaching experience (BSW and MSW classes), along with several years of administrative experience. Dr. Clary’s social work experience includes working with children, youth and families with mental health issues, Parent/Child Sex Educator, licensed clinical social worker working with victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence and home health. She has provided numerous supervision placements for social work students and provided clinical supervision for social workers working on their licensure for the state of Missouri and/or Kansas. In addition, Dr. Clary has been and continues to be actively involved in the community. She sits on community boards, task forces, sub-committees and is involved in on-going professional activities that promote diversity and social justice. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and is licensed in both Missouri and Kansas. While at Missouri Western State University, Dr. Clary has taught a variety of social work courses which include: Social Work Practice I, Human Behavior in the Social Environment I and II, Introduction to Social Work (face-to-face and online), Bridge to Practicum (a course she developed), Death and Dying and Practicum Seminar.

Jana Frye

Jana Frye

BSW Field Education Director
Assistant Professor of Social Worker
Wilson Hall 204J
(816) 271-4350

Jana Frye, MSW, LCSW, joined the faculty as the Field Director and as an assistant professor in August 2014. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Truman State University (‘90) and a MSW from the University of Kansas (‘99). She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for Missouri (LCSW). She has sixteen years of post-Masters field experience focusing primarily in the areas of child welfare and mental health services to youth, adults and families in the Northwest Missouri Region. In addition, she served as adjunct faculty at MWSU for Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. Jana Frye has provided state and local training on numerous issues associated with youth and adult services, as well as practitioner ‘survival’. She serves as a NASW licensure instructor for the Missouri LBSW/LCSW exam. This past year, she taught Social Work Practice III, Child and Family Welfare, a lab section of Social Work Practice I, Social Work Seminar and Social Work Practicum. Her areas of expertise is in the following areas, macro practice, clinical practice with individuals and families, child welfare, child protection and adoption, work with trauma victims, veterans effected by PTSD and their partners and work with sexual offenders.

Dr. Matt Loehr

Dr. Matt Loehr

Assistant Professor of Social Work
Wilson Hall 204F
(816) 271-5965

Matthew Loehr, PhD, MSW, LCSW, LSCSW joined the faculty August 2014 as an assistant professor. Dr. Loehr has a B.A. in Criminal Justice and B.A. in Political Science from Benedictine College (‘85), MSW from the University of Kansas (‘87) and a Ph.D. in Family Studies and Human Services from Kansas State University (‘12). Besides being licensed in Kansas and Missouri, he is also a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW), National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). Dr. Loehr brings to the department over two decades of experience in the human services field. He has served in a variety of roles such as Clinical Director (Drumm Farm Center for Children), President (Missouri and Kansas Out- Patient Services and President KVC of West Virginia), Program Director/Manager (KVC and Two Rivers Psychiatric Hospital), therapist (Dr. F.J. Tirrell, Ph.D. and Associates), and as an adjunct faculty for the University of St. Mary and Avila University. This past year, Dr. Loehr taught Human Behavior in the Social Environment I & II, Social Work Practice II, Introduction to Social Welfare, Research Methods and Quantitative Analysis. His area of expertise is focused on clinical practice with groups, community and organizations, qualitative research methods, program evaluation and administration, child welfare, trauma informed care, and ethics.

Jennifer Atkinson

Jennifer Atkinson

Adjunct Instructor of Social Work

Jennifer Atkinson, MSW, LCSW, has been an adjunct instructor for the Social Work Program since August 2010. She has her BSW from Missouri Western State University (’01) and a MSW from the University of Missouri (’06). Her social work experiences include being a Juvenile Officer I/Victim Services Coordinator, Juvenile Officer II/Community Engagement Officer, Licensed Clinical Social Work for the Northwest Missouri Child Advocacy Center, Northwest Missouri Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Mosaic Life Care Behavioral Health. She has consistently served as a field instructor for the Social Work Program. While teaching as an adjunct, she has taught Substance Abuse and Dependency (face-to-face and online) and Human Behavior in the Social Environment I. Her areas of expertise include substance abuse and dependency, mental health, forensic mental health, life span, juvenile justice system and trauma.

Joey Thompson

Joey Thompson

Adjunct Instructor of Social Work

Joey Thompson, MSW, LMSW, has been an adjunct instructor for the Social Work Program since August 2013. She has a BS in Psychology from Missouri Western State University (’00) and a MSW from the University of Missouri-Columbia (’09). Joey Thompson brings a wealth of field experience to the program. She began her work for the State of Missouri, DDS, Children’s Division in 1997 as an Independent Living Instructor. In 2002, she became a Children’s Service Worker for the Division. In 2004, she became the Children’s Service Supervisor and then served as the Circuit Manager for the State of Missouri, DDS, Children’s Division in the 5th Judicial Circuit until 2012 when she became the Field Support Manager for the Division. She remained in this position until April 2014 and now continues as a Behavioral Health Consultant for Mosaic Life Care Behavioral Health. She was the Chair for the High Fidelity Wraparound Integration Team System of Care for three years, a grant proposal reviewer for Circle of HOPE and also was the Co-chair for Fostering Court Improvement, 5th Judicial Circuit. Not only is she active in professional service, but in her community as well serving as a Union Star School District Board Member, serving on the board of the Youth Alliance, Policy Team and Service Delivery Member for Circle of Hope, Respite Care Coalition member, Crisis Nursery Planning Team, and Safe Sleep Coalition member. At MWSU, she has taught Policy I & II and Child and Family Welfare. Her areas of expertise are in the areas of policy, hospital social work, child welfare and administration.

Karen Woodbury

Karen Woodbury

Adjunct Instructor of Social Work

Karen Woodbury, MSW, LCSW, is a long time standing adjunct instructor for the Social Work Program. She has her BSW and MSW, with an emphasis in Rural Mental Health, from the University of Missouri. She served as the MSW Off-Campus Program Coordinator/Faculty at the University of Missouri for thirteen years where she was instrumental in developing and growing the part-time off-campus MSW program from inception to current status of continuous rotating classes of students throughout the northwest area. Besides teaching, Karen has also worked at the Buchanan County Juvenile Office, the Robidoux Middle School, Heartland Regional Medical Center, Social Welfare Board, Samaritan Counseling Center, along with many other agencies. She is very involved in the community and volunteering with multiple different agencies which include, YWCA Board of Directors, United Way of St. Joseph Volunteer, Allied Arts Volunteer, Healthy Communities Youth Partnership Committee, Heartland Community Foundation, Social Welfare Board, Empty Bowls\Second Harvest, Family Guidance Center Board, and Missouri Western Ambassadors. In 1998, Karen received the Missouri Juvenile Award of Excellence and the Roy Blunt Literacy Award. She also was the YWCA Woman of Excellence Women in Volunteerism Award recipient in 2009 and the YWCA Women of Merit Award in 2013.

Ann McClintick

Ann McClintick

Adjunct Instructor of Social Work

Ann McClintick, MSW, has been an adjunct instructor for the Social Work Program since August 2009. She has her BSW from Missouri Western State University (’01) and a MSW from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (’04). She has taught Policy I & II, Child and Family Welfare, a lab section of Social Work Practice I, Introduction to Aging and Death and Dying. Since 2007 her social work experience has been primarily in the area of hospice. Prior to this, she worked at Mosaic Life and Behavioral Health as a social worker and Volunteer Coordinator. Her areas of expertise is in the areas of death and dying, mental health, adoption and working with couples infertility issues.