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Department of Social Work & Gerontology
Shippensburg University
382 Shippen Hall
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257
(717) 477-1717

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Dr. Jayleen GalarzaDr. Jayleen Galarza

Assistant Professor

Office: 333 Shippen Hall

Phone: 717-477-1655

Email: jgalarza@ship.edu


2006 B.A., English, East Stroudsburg University
2009 MSW, Clinical Social Work, Widener University 
2011 M.Ed, Human Sexuality, Widener University 
2013 Ph.D., Human Sexuality, Widener University


Dr. Galarza identifies herself as a clinical social worker who specializes in sexuality social justice issues. She is a licensed clinical social worker in Pennsylvania as well as a certified sex therapist through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). She completed her PhD in Human Sexuality with a focus on exploring the intersections of queer, Latina identities and experiences. 

Prior to joining the Shippensburg faculty, Dr. Galarza served as a Frederick Douglass Scholar at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She also worked extensively as a mental health counselor with adolescents and young adults in the Philadelphia area. 

Dr. Galarza's research interests include: intersectionality, Latina sexuality, sexual/gender identities and experiences, empowerment, sexuality social justice, narrative therapy, and feminist therapy. The focus of her work is on exploring empowering approaches to working with oppressed communities as well as raising awareness around such issues. 


SWK 327- Swk Practice with Families
SWK 420- Gender Issues for Helping Professionals
SWK 620- Advanced Micro/Mezzo Swk Practice
SWK 602- Behavioral Health
Selected Topics- Narrative Therapy


Galarza, J. (In press). Validating the borderlands: Group work with queer Latinas. IASWG 36th Annual Symposium Proceedings.

Galarza, J. & Anthony, R. (In press). Sexuality social justice and social work: Implications for social work education. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work.

Shupp, M. & Galarza, J. (2014). Who am I? Diversity exploration for student leaders. In K. Fineran, B. Houltberg, A. Nitza, J. McCoy, & S. Roberts (Eds.), Group work experts share their favorite activities: A guide to choosing, planning, conducting and processing, Volume 2. Alexandria, VA: Association for Specialists in Group Work Activity Series.

Galarza, J. (2013). Borderland queer: Narrative approaches in clinical work with Latina women who have sex with women (WSW). Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 7(3), 274 - 291.