Dr. Debra Young

BSW Program Director
Prichard Hall 309


Dr. Debra Hunt Young is an Associate Professor for the Master of Social Work Program with the Department of Social Work at Marshall University. Dr. Young earned her MSW from West Virginia University and Doctorate of Education from Marshall University Graduate College. Dr. Young has over 15 years social work practice experience in child welfare and disability services in areas of program administration, program development, and consultation. Prior to coming to Marshall in 2017, Dr. Young served 8 years as Program Coordinator for the West Virginia University’s (WVU)  School of Social Work’s Charleston/Beckley MSW Program, and the WVU/West Virginia State University’s (WVSU) Collaborative MSW Program. Additionally, Dr. Young was a board member of the West Virginia National Association of Social Workers (NASW-WV) from 2010-2018 and is actively involved in NASW Spring Conference Planning and Social Work Day at the Legislature Planning Committees. Dr. Young serves on several state, community, and university committees, and has an interest in community and macro practice. Dr. Young teaches Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Generalist Foundations 1 & 2, Advanced Clinical Practice with Individuals and Families, Advanced Clinical Practice with Groups, Communities, and Organizations, and Family and Community Violence. Her research interests are utilizing 21st Century technology in practice, and rural community development and sustainability.