Undergraduate Field Practicum Coordinator and Instructor
Education – B.S.W., Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2006. M.S.W. – Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2007.
Experience – Worked in adolescent substance abuse for two years. She worked as an Adoption Specialist for a private agency that provided foster care placements, adoption, pregnancy care, and counseling services for almost six years. She worked with the perspective adoptive parents to complete the Department of Children and Family Services requirements for the parents to be able to adopt domestically and internationally. She completed home studies, home visits, and trainings for the perspective adoptive families. She also worked with the birthparents who were experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and counseled them during their decision making process. As well as maintaining her position as the Adoption Specialist she also supervised the Foster Home Licensing staff. In January of 2013, Nina became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Nina was the Clinical Supervisor and a counselor in which provided therapeutic counseling to several foster children during her time with the private agency. Nina continues to be a mentor to foster children.
Teaching areas – Undergraduate practicum seminar
Research interests – Adoption Triad, Children and Adolescents in Foster Care, Children and Adolescents mental health.