Rebecca Yazzie, PhD, MSW, LCSW

Director, Master of Social Work Program

Associate Professor of Social Work

Rebecca Yazzie

Rebecca Yazzie is a licensed Clinical Social Worker and holds a PhD in social work and social research from Portland State University (2017). She joined the university in 2015 as an assistant professor of social work and now serves as an associate professor and as director of the master of social work program.

In previous years, she worked as a principle executive manager with the Oregon Youth Authority as the treatment services supervisor at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn, Oregon. She also taught on an adjunct basis at George Fox in the spring of 2014, has been an adjunct at Portland State University (2008-2011), and was a University 101 peer facilitator at Arizona State University.

Rebecca also gained clinical practice experience in the field as a psychiatric social worker with the Oregon Youth Authority from 2005 to 2010. She has practice experience in various settings, including correctional facilities, jails, schools, hospitals, and community-based emergency response agencies.

She also holds an MSW from Arizona State University (2005) and a bachelor's degree in justice studies from Arizona State (2001).

She is originally from Phoenix and enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking and traveling in the Pacific Northwest.