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Stepney, Lois, PhD

Stepney, Lois, PhD

Assistant Clinical Professor

Pronouns: She/her/hers

614-292-2529 |

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Assistant Clinical Faculty Lois Marie Clay Stepney, PhD, MSW, LISW-S has served in the Columbus Community since 1995 in the mental health and medical fields as a master’s level social worker in both clinical and administrative roles. Two of the accomplishments Dr. Stepney is most proud of involving clinical work includes starting a juvenile sex offender treatment program as the Director of Community Support Programs at the Ohio Youth Advocate Program which continues almost two decades later under the National Youth Advocate Program. In addition, Dr. Stepney led the conceptualization and expansion of the comprehensive YOU Matter Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, which provides emotional support to staff, faculty, students, and volunteers dealing with exposures to potentially traumatic events in their work at a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center and Research Institute.

In academia, Dr. Stepney served in the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University as the MSW Program Director from Autumn 2016 – Spring of 2020, leading the charge in scaling the online program from 17 enrolled students to more than 400 during her tenure. Dr. Stepney also served as the Curriculum Director in the College of Social Work until Spring Semester of 2021, involved in the coordination of efforts launching the curriculum re-design for the MSW Program. Dr. Stepney’s scholarship interest is in the areas of healing justice, helping professionals’ wellness, Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) wellness, social work pedagogy, and transformative social work practices.


PhD – The Ohio State University – 2023 - Social Work
MSW – The Ohio State University - 1995
BSW – Oakwood University (formerly known as Oakwood College) - 1994

Areas of expertise

Pediatric Medical Social Work
Trauma Social Work Practice
Healing Justice Professional Development Trainings
Social Work Curriculum Development and Pedagogy

Areas of interest for mentoring PhD students

Medical Social Work
Trauma Work
Healing Justice
Work-Related Traumatic Stress Reactions Including Compassion Fatigue, Secondary Traumatic Stress, Vicarious Trauma, and Second Victim Phenomena
Social Work Curriculum Development and Pedagogy