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Shaynah Neshama Bannister, Ph.D., MSW

Assistant Professor, MSW Program, Department of Social Work
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 2768
Shaynah Neshama is an assistant professor in the MSW Program. She has extensive social work experience in the areas of crisis intervention, medical social work, counseling, program management, and foster care. Since 1996, Dr. Neshama has worked as a social work supervisor and foster care social worker at Ninos Latinos Unidos/FFA, serving Spanish speaking families in Southern California. She has also held faculty positions at National Sports Academy (Bulgaria); International Baptist Theological Seminary (Czech Republic); and Simbirsky Missionary College (Russia). Dr. Neshama is also actively involved in prison and prayer ministries.


  • Ph.D. - Exercise Physiology, National Sports Academy, Bulgaria
  • M.S.W. - Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY Carver School of Church Social Work


School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences

  • Department of Social Work

Courses Taught

  • PPSY 557 – Marriage Therapy
  • SOCW 523 – Macro-theory and Practice with Communities and Organizations
  • SOCW 524 – Practice II: Intervention and Evaluation
  • SOCW 531 – Human Rights and Sustainable Development
  • SOCW 536 – Adv. Clinical Practice I: Adult Mental Health
  • SOCW 538 – Clinical Practice with Groups
  • SOCW 542 – International Social Work Policy and Practice
  • SOCW 564 – Social Work and the Bible: Christian Perspectives on Service and Professional Practice