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Sociology Faculty

Christiansen, Mette

Social Pedagogue, 1984, Denmark
Master's in Social Work, 1993, and Ph.D. Candidate, Social Welfare, SUNY Albany.

Lecturer and Director, Concentration in Human Services

Department: Sociology
Office: JFT 506
Phone: (845) 257-3697

Office Hours

T02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
TF11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

And by appointment

Career History

Mette has provided services in both Denmark and the USA to a variety of populations, including children and youth in foster care, children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities, adults in the criminal justice, mental health and substance abuse systems, and Deaf children, youth, and adults. In addition, she has provided individual, group, and family therapy and consulted to agencies seeking to improve their quality of services.

Mette began her academic career at SUNY Dutchess as a Fieldwork Supervisor and Adjunct and has since 1997 been at SUNY New Paltz teaching in the Department of Sociology. Mette became the Director of the Concentration in Human Services in 2003.

Teaching Interests

In collaboration with colleague Donna Chaffee, Mette teaches courses in the Concentration in Human Services as well as the International Social Welfare course to Denmark, Italy, and South Africa during the summer. Mette's teaching is inspired by her extensive international practice experience working with various populations and a commitment to professionalizing the field of human services.

Research/Creative Activity

Areas of research and professional interest include: professionalization and educational socialization of human services and social workers and international social welfare.

Certificates & Licenses

Licensed Master Social Worker