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Contact Information

Academic School

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences


Dyson 352



(845) 575-2994

Wanda Garcia

Assistant Professor of Social Work


Dr. Garcia is a professor, researcher, and social worker with a background in clinical social work. Her dissertation focused on the experience of inner-city millennials as they navigated pathways to adulthood within a context of strained parent-child relationships. Dr. Garcia previously taught as an adjunct professor at The University at Buffalo and as a visiting professor at SUNY New Paltz, where she taught in their interdisciplinary degree programs.

Dr. Garcia has worked for over a decade in the community, correctional facilities, and psychiatric hospitals providing mental health services, supervising social workers, and developing clinical trainings for practicing social workers. Dr. Garcia’s clinical experience in diverse social settings and her background in interdisciplinary programs provide a diverse context to draw from in her teaching.


PhD, Sociology, University at Buffalo (SUNY), 2018 
MSW, Social Work, Stony Brook University (SUNY), 2008
BS, Criminal Justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY), 2006

Research Interests / Areas of Focus

Social Inequality, Social Welfare, Mental Health, Criminology, Qualitative Research Methods, Family and the Life course, and Child Development.

Selected Publications

Garcia, W. 2020. Urban Millenials Living in Poverty and their Transition to Adulthood: The influence of Family Structure on Social Systems. [Unpublished manuscript]. Social Work department, Marist College.