IU School of Social Work is headquartered on the IUPUI campus with locations on 8 IU Campuses. The school also has the Department of Labor Studies
Samantha Wolfe-Taylor, MSW, Ph.D. Candidate, LCSW, CTH
Associate Director of the Office of e-Social Work Education and Practice
Area of responsibility: IUPUI & IU Online
301 University Blvd.
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
Office: (317) 274-6737
Samantha is the Associate Director of the Office of e-Social Work Education and Practice for the Indiana University School of Social Work. She currently holds a Master of Social Work from Indiana University, and is clinically licensed to practice in Indiana. Samantha manages the e-Social Work Practice Graduate Certificate program, and is a developer and coordinator of the e-simulations (online Objective Structured Clinical Examinations [e-OSCEs], online behavioral branching exercises, virtual reality, etc.) for IUSSW. She works in collaboration with the Director of the Office of e-Social Work Education and Practice on online course development and design, e-social work practice initiatives, online continuing education opportunities, and by assisting in the offering of the Distance Education Community of Practice for IUSSW. She works in collaboration with the course designers, the IUSSW web developer, eLearning and Design Services, and the Center for Teaching and Learning, and IUSSW faculty on online course design and faculty training in online courses and e-simulations for IUSSW. She teaches the e-social work and telebehavioral health practice courses, mental health and addictions, generalist theory and practice, and leadership courses. Samantha is a Ph.D. candidate with the Indiana University School of Social Work, is minoring in adult education with an emphasis on technology in higher education, and is anticipated to complete her studies in 2021.
Area of Interest:
Samantha enjoys researching in areas of e-Social Work practice and education innovations. This includes the development and implementation of distance education technology innovations in online programs and courses; designing, implementing, and evaluating e-simulations in online social work practice courses; asynchronous and synchronous interactivity standards in distance education; effective practice skills development in online higher education courses; faculty engagement and training in distance education; and social work distance education program development.
Due to Samantha's background in the healthcare field, she also pursues research opportunities that focus on women's health disparities, systemic barriers in healthcare prevention programs, and using technology innovations to improve health outcomes of socioeconomically disadvantaged and vulnerable populations.
Samantha's teaching interests are in e-social work practice, telebehavioral health services, face-to-face social work practice, mental health and addictions, social work leadership, and introduction to the field of social work.
Samantha's practice experience focused on the healthcare field and medical social work practices. She is a licensed clinical social worker in Indiana that is certified in culturally competent mental health services through Fairbanks and certified as a clinical telehealth practitioner (CTH) in Indiana. Her experience includes crisis intervention and trauma-informed care through her work in the emergency department of a Level I trauma center. Samantha currently provides telemental health services to college students as an independent clinician. Samantha has also worked as a medical social worker for the NICU, high-risk OB, and labor and delivery units at the largest health organization in Indiana. With women's health being of particular interest in her practice, she continued her work in healthcare as a medical social worker addressing barriers to treatment and care for socioeconomically disadvantaged and vulnerable populations seeking treatment of cancers that most commonly affect women. During this time, she wrote for and received grant funding to address these barriers, assisted in program development, and worked with a multidisciplinary team to address the needs of these patients.
Publications / Presentations:
Wilkerson, D. A., Wolfe-Taylor, S. N., Deck, C. K., Wahler, E. A., & Davis, T. S. (2020). Telebehavioral health practice basics for social work educators and clinicians responding to COVID-19. The International Journal of Social Work Education, DOI:10.1080/02615479.2020.1807926
Wolfe-Taylor, S. N. (2020, April). Teaching social work with digital technology. Digital Book Group Facilitator through Facebook social media platform.
Wilkerson, D., Wolfe-Taylor, S. N., Brown, J.,Fitch, D. (2019, October). Hi-tech, low-tech, or no-tech?-Educators' role and the future of social work. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting in Denver, Co.
Wilkerson, D. A., Wolfe-Taylor, S. N., & Killian, K. (2019). Adopting e-social work practice: Pedagogical strategies for student decision making to address technology uncertainty, Journal of Social Work Education, DOI:10.1080/10437797.2019.1661920
Wilkerson, D. & Wolfe-Taylor, S. N. (2019, April). Telemedicine and social workers: What you need to know. Plenary presented at the National Association of Social Workers-New Jersey Chapter Conference in Atlantic City, NJ.
Wolfe-Taylor, S. N. & Deck, C. (2019, October). e-OSCE Assessments in Social Work Distance Education: Development, Implementation, and Evaluation. Paper presentation at the 2019 Assessment Institute, Indianapolis, IN.
Ricart, J. & Wolfe-Taylor, S. N. (2019, August). e-Orientation use of digital learning tech to reduce achievement gaps. Paper presentation at the Distance Teaching and Learning Conference, Madison, WI.
Wolfe-Taylor, S. N. (2018, October). The future of social work in the era of technology. Workshop presented at the Latino Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence 13th Annual Conference in Indianapolis, IN
Wolfe-Taylor, S. N., Wilkerson, D. (2018, October). OSCE development, implementation, and evaluation in online graduate social work practice courses. Poster presentation at the Curriculum Enhancement Grant Symposium of Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis Center for Teaching and Learning, Indianapolis, IN.
Wolfe-Taylor, S. N., Fultz, A., & Winters, D.E. (2018, April). Social work distance education teaching self-efficacy and interactivity. Poster presentation at the 18th Indiana University School of Social Work’s 22nd Annual Ph.D. Research Symposium, Indianapolis, IN.
Wolfe-Taylor, S. N. & Wilkerson, D. (Fall/Winter 2017). MSW Direct. Network Magazine: Indiana University School of Social Work & Alumni News, 17-21.
Wilkerson, D. & Wolfe-Taylor, S. N. (2017, October). Preparing social workers for technology-mediated practice in the digital age. Poster presented at the Council on Social Work Education 63rd Annual Program Meeting, Dallas, TX.
Wolfe-Taylor, S. N. & Wilkerson, D. (2017, October). Assessment innovation through technology: Adapting OSCE assessments for online social work programs. Paper presentation at the Council on Social Work Education 63rd Annual Program Meeting, Dallas, TX.
Wolfe-Taylor, S. N. & Wilkerson, D. (2017. September). Redesigning and rethinking OSCEs: Using technology innovation to promote practice skills development. Paper presentation in a breakout session at the Advancing Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium of Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis Center for Teaching and Learning, Indianapolis, IN.
Wolfe-Taylor, S. N. & Wilkerson, D. (2017, April). How to develop assignments that infuse technology and social media into online practice courses. Paper presentation at the Social Work Distance Education 3rd Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.
Wilkerson, D. & Wolfe-Taylor, S. N. (2017, April). Teaching e-Social Work Practice. Paper presentation at the Social Work Distance Education 3rd Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.