Dr. Mary Rita Weller, Ph.D., LSW
Dr. Mary Rita Weller, Assistant Professor, teaches full-time at Kutztown University's Department of Social Work. She has over 20-years clinical experience working primarily with children and adults that have experienced trauma, as well as supporting sexual minorities and individuals with disabilities. Additionally, she continues to maintain a small private practice. Mary Rita holds undergraduate degrees in sociology and Spanish from the State University of New York, Oneonta. She received her Master of Social Work from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She received her Doctor of Philosophy degree in education with a concentration in human sexuality from Widener University in Chester, PA. She is licensed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in social work.
Her area of clinical and research expertise is in individuals with disabilities and sexual minorities such as gay, lesbian, transgender, etc. and issues around poverty. She has a published several articles and book chapters related to poverty, women's issues, disabilities, relationship building and supporting sexual minorities.
Dr. Weller maintains professional memberships with the National Association of Social Workers, American Association of Sexologists, Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, Pennsylvania Association of Undergraduate Social Work Education, Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Phi Alpha Honor Society, and National Association of Case Managers. Currently, she is serving as the President of Pennsylvania Association of Undergraduate Social Work Education. Additionally, Dr. Weller is the Board of Directors President for QUEST, Inc., a not-for-profit training and employment agency in Lebanon, PA and on the Board of Directors, as well as Program Committee Chair, for Service Access and Management, Inc. of Reading, PA.