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Alisha Meinen, MSW

Alisha Woodford
  • Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Social Work

Professor Alisha Meinen has worked with the Children, Youth, and Families of Wisconsin for nearly 15 years. She has diverse social work experience, working with a wide variety of populations at both the County and State levels. Alisha most recently spent five years as a State Permanency Consultant, helping to find permanency for youth in out of home care in Wisconsin and educating social workers on best practices. Advocacy and education are her passions. Alisha is excited to bring her experiences in the field back to students at her alma mater. 

In her free time, Alisha enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, knitting, boating, traveling, yoga, music, reading, volunteering in her community, and listening to many, many podcasts. 

Teaching Interests
  • Social Welfare Policies and Programs
  • Advanced Child Welfare  
  • Social Work Internship Seminar 
  • Introduction to Social Work  
  • Social Work with Communities and Organizations  
Research and Creative Activities
  • Permanency for Children in Out of Home Care
  • Reverse Planning in Child Welfare 
  • Compassion Fatigue, Burnout, and Vicarious Trauma
  • Political Social Work and Advocacy 
  • MSW, University of Wisconsin-Madison  
  • BSW, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
  • Certified Social Worker (CSW)