Dr. Llena Chavis

Associate Professor of Social Work and Social Work Field Director
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Llena Chavis came to Hope, first as a student in 1996 and again in 2013 as faculty. Dr. Chavis is now an associate professor of social work. As clinical faculty, Chavis primarily teaches Social Work Interviewing, Social Interventions II, Social Work and Family, and the field practicum. Currently Dr. Chavis serves as the program’s field director.


  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Leading DEI efforts at local schools and community agencies and exploring utilizing intergroup dialogue as the primary method of engagement. Consultation available 
  • Mothering: Exploring the protective factors for mothers utilizing both quantitative and qualitative approaches.
  • Mentoring: Implementing group mentoring models of intervention and the effect of mentoring on self-esteem for middle school girls.
  • Sex trafficking: Training medical personnel on improving provider competency for best practice intervention. CMEs available
  • Clinical practice: EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness


  • Ph.D., education psychology: counseling education, Southern Illinois University
  • MSW, Grand Valley University
  • B.S., social work–social work, psychology, Hope College
  • Professional license (LMSW): Michigan 


  • Suicide Prevention Parent Education,” with others, June 2020
  • “Promoting Intercultural Communication and Critical Thinking: The Impact of Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) in Three Examples at Hope College,” with D. Swanson, Doing Liberal Arts Education: Global Case Studies, (2019)
  • Is it becoming easier or harder for women to balance a career & family?” with D. Swanson, “2016’s Best & Worst States for Working Moms,” May, 2, 2016
  • “Mothering and Anxiety: Social Support and Competence as Mitigating Factors for First-Time Mothers,” Social Work in Health Care, 55(6), 2016
  • “Sex Trafficking Intervention: A therapeutic approach to helping victims,” with A. Krause, April 2014
  • “Mothering and anxiety: An evaluation of the anxiety levels of first-time mothers in rural Kentucky and rural Michigan,” - dissertation, ProQuest, SIUC, 3640735, 2014
  • “Developing a Pedagogy of ITV teaching Experience through a Teaching Circle,” with K. Chakradhar, Advances in Social Work, 11(2), 2010
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Dr. Llena Chavis

Phone Number616.395.7364

Van Zoeren Hall Room 265 41 Graves Place Holland, MI 49423-3698
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