Dr. Pamela Criss

Professor of Social Work, Field Education Director pcriss@seu.edu

Degrees Earned

BA in Sociology/Social Work, Florida Southern College
MSW in Social Work, University of South Florida
PhD, University of South Florida
LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)


Dr. Pam Criss brings to Southeastern more than 35 years of experience as a social worker, predominantly in the field of child welfare. She has worked in adoption, foster care, residential group child care, and developmental disabilities. She is a licensed clinical social worker and has been a psychotherapist since 1995, both in local mental health agencies and in private practice.

At Southeastern, Dr. Criss is the Field Coordinator for the Social Work Program. In this role, she maintains positive relationships with more than 30 agencies in the community. She works hard to place social work students in agencies that are a great match for them. She played a major role in helping the Social Work Program to receive its initial accreditation in 2006 and continues to work on keeping this accreditation current. Dr. Criss is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers and chaired the local unit of NASW from 2009 – 2011. Dr. Criss is excited that she has the opportunity at Southeastern to prepare competent social workers who can extend God’s love to wounded people and communities.

Dr. Criss teaches the following courses: Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Mental Health Systems and Strategies, Preparation for Field and Field Seminar. Dr. Criss has research interests in the areas of safety of social work students, child sexual abuse, adoption, teen pregnancies, and the dynamics of blended families. Most recently, in 2016, she was involved with the Florida Institute of Child Welfare, researching the use of a teen pregnancy prevention curriculum with adolescents in foster care.

Brief Highlights

  • Named Faculty of the Year at Southeastern University in 2010.
  • Named Outstanding Advisor of the Year at Southeastern University in 2012
  • Named to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in 2005, 2007.
  • Named Social Worker of the Year in 2003 by the Heartland Unit of National Association of Social Workers.