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Debra Daehn Zellmer


  • Social Work |
  • Gerontology |
MRC 521


  • B.S. in Social Work, Cum Laude, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, Minn., 1977
  • M.S.W., University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 1982
  • Gerontology Certificate, U.W. La Crosse, 2012
  • Additional graduate coursework to become licensed as a Parent Educator at the University of Minnesota

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Social Work
  • Social Welfare Policy I
  • Social Welfare Policy II
  • National Social Work Exam Preparation
  • Senior Capstone Course
  • Social Work with Families
  • Gerontology
  • Child Welfare
  • Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families
  • Social Work Practice in Communities and Organizations

Research Interests:

  • Social Work Education Program Assessment, Policies and Curriculum
  • Welfare Reform
  • Burn Out in Helping Professions