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Dr. Rachel Young

Assistant Professor of Social Work, MSW Program Director, and Social Work Department Chair


Jetter School of Professional Studies


Professional Experience:

  • Trinity Nursing & Rehab Center, Director of Social Services, Admissions Coordinator, 2007-2008
  • Shawnee Mission Medical Center, Medical Social Worker, 2008 – 2011
  • Family Life Counseling, Therapist, 2011-2012
  • Newark Granville Psychological and Counseling Services, 2012
  • Central Ohio Technical College, Part-Time Faculty, 2012
  • Reins of Freedom, Equine Assisted Therapist/Therapist, 2017-2018
  • House of New Hope, Director of Quality Improvement/Director of Clinical  Services/Administrator & Chief Operating Officer, 2012-2020
  • Lifestance Health, Therapist and Lead Clinician, 2020-2022
  • Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Director of Field Education, 2021-2022
  • Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Traditional Social Work Program Chair, GPS Coordinator, 2022 – Present

Professional Organizations:

  • National Society of Leadership and Success
  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • Licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervisory Designation (LISW-S)

Awards and Recognitions:

  • Summa Cum Laude Graduate
  • National Deans List
  • Phi Alpha Inductee
  • Phi Kappa Phi Inductee

Published Works & Presentations:

  • Young, R. (2020). Provider Perspectives of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy for Social Skills, Dissertation.
  • Young, Rachel. (2022, April). Importance of Teaching Self-Care and Related Video. Social Work Distance Education. Virtual Conference.
  • Vanderwaal, C.J., Young, R.M., McBride, D.C., Chriqui, J.F., Terry-McElrath, Y.M. (2013). Smurging in small toxic meth labs: Impact of state methamphetamine precursor policies. Journal of Policy Practice, 12, 231-255.
  • Young, R. (2013). The importance of bonding. International Journal of Childbirth Education, 28(3), 11-16.
  • Young, R. (2012). Nutrient and iron deficiency: Focus on fetal brain development and beyond. International Journal of Childbirth Education, 27(4), 65-69.


  • Bachelors in Social Work, Andrews University, 2006
  • Masters in Social Work, Andrews University, 2006
  • Masters of Philosophy in Psychology, Walden University, 2019
  • Ph.D. in Health Psychology, Walden University, 2020

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