Heather Witt, Ph.D, LMSW, M.Ed
Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
Heather Witt, PhD, LMSW, M.Ed is a licensed social worker and Assistant Professor of Social Work at Boise State University. She received her PhD and MSW from Widener University in Chester, PA. As a clinical social worker, she provided individual, group, family, and couples therapy to children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. This work focused on a variety of issues including sexual abuse, infertility, depression, anxiety, and sexual dysfunction. Additionally, Professor Witt provided psychoeducational sex education groups for families.
Professor Witt has experience in administration in community health and non-profit education settings which informs her approach to policy and macro-level social work practice. Her current research focus is on human rights and policy practice, with a focus on social justice related to human sexuality. Her past scholarship topics include infertility; body image, eating disorders; gender differences; humility; trauma-informed approaches in the classroom; and cross-cultural research on body image, fear of intimacy, psychological well-being, and sexual anxiety. She recently published a textbook called The Social Work Field Placement: A Competency-Based Approach and a chapter in the Handbook on Social Work Ethics and Values.
Professor Witt’s education background emphasizes the importance of incorporating multiple learning modalities in the classroom, and as such, she strives to create collaborative activities and shared understandings of the field of Social Work and course material.
Professor Witt received her undergraduate degree from Boise State University before moving to the Philadelphia area for graduate school. Returning to her alma mater to educate and train future Social Workers is the realization of her ultimate career goal. Along with her husband Ryan and their three young daughters, she enjoys traveling, fly fishing, and camping.