Online Master of Social Work Faculty
Consistent with its position as one of America’s most prestigious social work programs, the online Master of Social Work at Our Lady of the Lake University brings together many of the industry’s finest social advocates, policy makers and social service educators to support and empower a new generation of social work leaders.
Rebecca Gomez, PhD, LCSW
Director of the Worden School of Social Service
Assistant Professor of Social Work
Dr. Rebecca Gomez is the MSW Program Director for the Worden School of Social Service and an Assistant Professor at Our Lady of the Lake University. She received her PhD in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin and her MSW from Texas State University. In addition to her work at the Worden School, she is a research affiliate at the Child and Family Research Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on the developmental period of emerging adulthood, evaluation of services and policies serving youth aging out of the foster care system, the use of participatory action research among former foster care youth, child welfare organizational structure and the impact on recruitment and retention, and implementation and outcome of child welfare policy. In addition to publishing in the field of child welfare, Dr. Gomez provides professional presentations and trainings. She also has an active private practice specializing in emerging adulthood, complex trauma, family trauma and disruption, relational attachment, and substance and process addiction recovery. Her blog “The Next Right Thing” covers topics that are informed by her clinical work, academic knowledge, and lived experience as a social worker.
Maureen "Mo" Cuevas, PhD, LCSW
Dean, School of Professional Studies and Worden School of Social Service
Associate Professor of Social Work
In addition to her position as director of the Worden School, Dr. Cuevas is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Our Lady of the Lake University. She earned her PhD in Social Work, her MSSW and her BA at the University of Texas at Austin.
Karina Gil, Ph.D., MSW
Director of the Masters in Social Work Program, Assistant Professor of Social Work
Dr. Karina Gil is Director of the Masters in Social Work Program and an Assistant Professor at the Worden School of Social Services at Our Lady of the Lake University. She holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Leadership Studies from Our Lady of the Lake University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work with political concentration from the University of Houston. Her dissertation titled “Leadership Preferences of Latino Leaders in the United States” looked at the levels of assimilation of national Latino leaders to the main dominant culture and its effect on their leadership preferences. It was selected as one of the 10 semi-finalist for the 2013 Outstanding Dissertation Competition of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, Inc.
Additionally, Dr. Gil was awarded a Wiley Faculty Fellowship. Fellows are selected from a national pool of Willey partner schools and share in a distinguished record of accomplishment in their profession and enthusiasm for new pedagogical and technological approaches to their instruction. In 2017, she was selected by the Council in Social Work Education into the Program Director Academy.
Dr. Gil has over 10 years of experience working with diverse populations in coalition building, managing multi-city campaigns, grassroots, community organizing and policy efforts. She has coordinated numerous citizenship and Get out to Vote campaigns. Her areas of expertise include multicultural competence, community organizing, issues affecting Latinos, women and other minorities, acculturation and leadership.
Prior to joining the Worden School, she was a Lecturer for the School of Business and Leadership at Our Lady of the Lake University and the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she taught several foundational and advanced courses to students at a Masters and Ph.D. levels.