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Adria Navarro, Ph.D., LCSW

Assistant Professor, MSW Program, Department of Social Work
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 2770
Adria (Emberson) Navarro, Ph.D., LCSW, teaches theory, community practice, and research methods in the MSW program. Prior to coming to APU, she practiced clinical social work in health care settings for more than 25 years. Throughout her social work career, she has focused on promoting client autonomy balanced with protection, such as for vulnerable adults with impaired decision-making abilities. Social work settings have included hospitals, managed care, inpatient psychiatry, adult day health care, and academia.

Navarro’s research interests involve vulnerable older adults. She has collaborated with colleagues from the USC School of Gerontology as a co-investigator and research assistant on studies focused on the interdisciplinary response to elder mistreatment, including quality of life and elder justice outcomes for financially exploited older adults. Navarro also serves on the research committee for the National Adult Protective Services Association, and routinely presents with the Gerontological Society of America. Statewide activities center on the National Association of Social Workers and the California Elder Justice Coalition.


  • Ph.D., Gerontology, University of Southern California
  • MSW, San Diego University
  • B.S., Social Welfare, California State University, Long Beach


School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences

  • Department of Social Work


  • Administration of Aging Services
  • Care Management
  • Elder Justice
  • Older Adults and Families
  • Program Evaluation

Courses Taught

  • SOCW 511 – Introduction to the Social Work Profession
  • SOCW 513 – Micro-theory and Human Development
  • SOCW 521 – Introductory Research Methods
  • SOCW 523 – Macro-theory and Practice with Communities and Organizations
  • SOCW 532 – Advanced Community Practice
  • SOCW 538 – Clinical Practice with Groups
  • SOCW 550 – Advanced Standing: Intermediate Praxis
  • SOCW 595 – Special Topics: Social Work, Health, and Aging