2020-21 Cohort Causha Spellman

PhD student, Social Welfare
School of Social Policy & Practice

Causha is a Black, Non-binary, Queer human; a passionate social (justice) worker, activist, advocate, educator, public speaker, trainer and consultant. Their research interests include the mental health and well-being outcomes of Black and Indigenous, queer and transgender, multisystem-involved youth.  

Before joining the doctoral program, Causha was based in Hawai’i and served as a youth and young adult peer support supervisor for a local non-profit with Hawai’i State Department of Health and Department of Human Services contracts, a lecturer at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in the Department of Social Work, and consulted and trained in the areas of SOGIE (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity & Expression) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, trauma-informed and healing-centered care, and other areas. Causha received their Masters’ in Social Work from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and their BA in Child and Adolescent Development from San Francisco State University.

Website: www.sp2.upenn.edu/people/phd-student-graduate-profiles


Last updated: September 2020