Shaynah Neshama-Bannister, Ph.D., MSW

Associate Professor, MSW Program, Department of Social Work
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 2768
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Shaynah Neshama-Bannister, Ph.D., has extensive social work experience in crisis intervention, medical social work, counseling, program management, and foster care. Since 1996, she has worked as a social work supervisor and foster care social worker at Niños 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). Neshama-Bannister is also involved in prison and prayer ministries; is a lead faculty member on international social work, with extended experience in the field of international social policy; and is involved in organizing social work internships in international settings.


  • Ph.D., Exercise Physiology, University of Sofia (Bulgaria)
  • MSW, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Academic Area

  • 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