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Ann Matthews, PhD, LCSW

Ann Matthews, PhD, LCSW

Assistant Professor of Social Work
Infant mental health, Maternal wellbeing, Assessment
Office location

Smith-Curtis 340C

amatthew [at] nebrwesleyan.edu

My background includes experience as a clinical social worker as well as experience in higher education and research. I have been a medical social worker in Lincoln for the last 20 years working in acute and ambulatory care settings. Recently, I completed my PhD in human development with a research focus on infant and maternal wellbeing and infant attachment. 


BSW (2002) Creighton University 

MSW (2006) University of Nebraska at Omaha

PhD (2021) University of Nebraska at Lincoln 

Courses taught

Research Informed Practice

History of Social Work 

Human Behavior in the Social Environment 

Research and academic interests

My research focuses on the ways in which parents' emotions and thoughts around parenting relate to parenting behavior during pre and postnatal periods. Additionally, I am interested in the methods that social workers use to assess parents for parental capacity.