Sonja Lenz-Rashid

( She/Her/Hers )
Interim Chair, Professor and MSW Graduate Coordinator
Ph.D., MSW
Phone: (415) 405-2459
Location: HSS 214
Office Hours:
Mon: 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.By Appointment Only


Dr. Sonja Lenz-Rashid, LCSW, is a Professor of Social Work at San Francisco State University and a Co-founder/Clinical Supervisor of the SF State Guardian Scholars Program (GSP). GSP serves over 100 current/former foster care youth on campus with comprehensive services. Dr. Lenz-Rashid has raised over $12 million for the Guardian Scholars Program since 2005 and the program boasts an 80% graduation rate. She has studied the services and outcomes of former foster care youth at the national, state and Bay Area levels. Her research and publications have provided valuable feedback to child welfare administrators, legislators, and program developers about how best to serve these disenfranchised young people using evidence-based practice. She is also a consultant with many Bay Area non-profits supporting youth being served by the foster care, juvenile justice, and behavioral health systems. She teaches in the MSW program, in areas such as SW Direct Practice, DSM V, Group Work, and Child Welfare Practice.