Dr. Pamela Criss

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

Degrees Earned

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


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 Director for the Social Work Program. In this role, she maintains positive relationships with more than 30 agencies in the community. She oversees the Field Coordinators who make field practicum placements for both BSW and MSW students. Dr. Criss was selected as the SEU Faculty of the Year in 2010 and Outstanding Advisor of the Year in 2012.  She was also recognized in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” in 2005 and 2007. Dr. Criss chaired the local unit of National Association of Social Workers (NASW) from 2009 to 2011 and was named the NASW Heartland, FL Unit Social Worker of the Year in 2003.

Dr. Criss’ research interests are in the areas of safety of social work students, child sexual abuse, adoption, teen pregnancies, and the dynamics of blended families. 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.

Dr. Criss is excited to have the opportunity at Southeastern to prepare competent social workers who can extend God’s love to wounded people and communities. She teaches the following undergraduate and graduate courses: Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Psychopathology, Mental Health, Advanced Clinical Practice with Couples, Children, and Families, Field Seminar, and Clinical Practice with Substance Use Disorders.

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.