Adria Navarro, Ph.D., LCSW

Associate Professor, MSW Program, Department of Social Work
Phone: (626) 804-2614
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Adria E. Navarro, Ph.D., LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker with expertise in mental and neurological disorders, and teaches theory, community practice, and research methods in APU’s MSW program. Her research focuses on elder justice, including studies that aim to optimize care services, clinical interventions, and supportive environments for vulnerable older adults living in the community. She has collaborated with colleagues from USC’s schools of gerontology and medicine, serving as a co-investigator on studies focused on elder mistreatment. Prior to academia, she practiced in health settings for more than 25 years. Following fellowship in the University of California, San Francisco’s Interprofessional Practice and Education program, she focused on interprofessional assessments for vulnerable adults with impaired decision-making capacity. Her passion is to honor each person’s autonomy—balanced, when needed, with protection. She has served as a social worker in hospitals, managed care, inpatient psychiatry, adult day health care, and academic institutions. Navarro’s national memberships include the National Adult Protective Services Association research committee, The Gerontological Society of America, and the National Association of Social Workers. She also is a board member of the California Elder Justice Coalition and Pasadena Village.


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

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences
    • Department of Social Work


  • Administration of Aging Services
  • Community Practice
  • Elder Justice
  • Older Adults and Families
  • Program Evaluation

Courses Taught

  • SOCW 511 – Introduction to the Social Work Profession
  • SOCW 513 – Microtheory and Human Development
  • SOCW 523 – Macrotheory and Communities/Organizations
  • SOCW 527 – Research for Evidence-informed Practice
  • SOCW 532 – Advanced Community Practice
  • SOCW 538 – Clinical Practice with Groups
  • SOCW 550 – Advanced Standing: Intermediate Praxis
  • SOCW 566 – Social Work, Health, and Aging