Health and Social Sciences
Dina Redman, MPH, PhD, LCSW, is an associate professor at San Francisco State University’s School of Social Work and the founder and program coordinator of the Student Success Program (SSP). The SSP is funded by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) to support students who are preparing for careers in the human services and who have experienced behavioral health issues or who come from communities that are underserved and underrepresented in the public health system. The goals of the program are to increase access, enhance retention, and maximize graduation rates among the students served. In addition, the SSP mounts public events to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and educate the campus and community about mental health and recovery. Dr. Redman also runs the SSP’s peer mentorship training program.
Dr. Redman received her Ph.D. in Social Welfare and a Master in Public Health from UC Berkeley as well as a Master in Social Work from San Francisco State University. She has previously served as a social worker in San Francisco for people with a history of substance abuse and incarceration and has lived and taught in Nicaragua, the Palestinian territories, and Ethiopia. In 2005 she was appointed to co-chair the San Francisco Behavioral Health Innovations Task Force Education and Training Subcommittee and in 2007 she co-chaired the MHSA Education and Training Planning Committee, activities that led to the creation of the Student Success Program. She currently serves on San Francisco’s MHSA Advisory Committee. Dr. Redman has taken leadership as a member of the California State University's Student Mental Health Initiative Workgroup in identifying needs and priorities related to the system-wide development and implementation of training, peer-to-peer support, as well as stigma reduction and suicide prevention efforts. She is also a member of the California Institute for Mental Health’s Board of Directors and a member of the Community Advisory Board for the City College of San Francisco Mental Health Worker Certificate Program.
Dr. Redman’s teaching interests include social work theory and practice, group work, interviewing, fieldwork, and preparation for academic studies. Her recent research has addressed stress, burnout, coping, substance misuse, community engagement, mental health recovery, supported education, spirituality, purpose in life, fieldwork, and social work in Palestine.