School of Social Work

Jeanette Andonian, Ph.D., LCSW

Associate Dean & Associate Professor

Office Location

G29 Masterton Hall, Portland Campus

Faculty Office Hours Fall 2021

By appointment. Please contact by email.


(207) 780-4115

Academic Degrees

  • P.h.D., Tulane University, 2001
  • M.S.W., Simmons College,1987


Jeanette Andonian, MSW, PhD, LCSW has been on the faculty at the USM School of Social Work since 2001. She is currently serving as the Associate Dean of the School of Social Work. She was the MSW Program Coordinator for seven years previously. She came to social work academia with an extensive social work practice background in healthcare and mental health, and she has worked in major academic medical centers in Boston and New Orleans, doing inpatient, outpatient, and community-based work.  She received a B.S in Psychology at Northeastern University in 1984, the MSW degree in 1987 from Simmons College, and a PhD in Social Work at Tulane University in 2001. She also taught in the Tulane University MSW Program for five years. Since obtaining her doctorate, her focus has been on teaching theories of human behavior and social work practice courses at both graduate and undergraduate levels, as well as conducting research and working with community partners. In 2016, she was elected to receive the USM Faculty Senate Award for Teaching Excellence. She is a member of the Board of Directors for NAMI-Portland and is committed to supporting projects and community education endeavors that work toward eliminating the myths and stigma surrounding mental illness.  She has published a number of articles in professional journals and has delivered presentations at numerous national conferences over the years. Common themes that weave through Dr. Andonian’s work in all areas relate to empowering disenfranchised people, promoting resilience and enhancing social justice. Her current and recent research and scholarly activities include:

  • 2016-17: Currently leading an interdisciplinary team of USM researchers in a qualitative study on the experiences and concerns of junior and senior college students as they transition from campus to post-graduation life.
  • 2016: Presented a paper at the 2016 Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education in Atlanta, GA titled, It’s not a Bible:  A psychological justice pedagogy to teach the DSM.
  • 2016-17:  Principle Investigator on a Title III/High Impact Teaching Practices Grant sought in collaboration with the School of Social Work Community Advisory Committee to support USM social work student research on barriers faced by New Americans in seeking social work education. 
  • 2014-16 Principle Investigator on an interdisciplinary research team funded through a Maine Economic Improvement Fund grant.  The project, titled Web-based Systems to Support Economically Disadvantaged Youth In Maine was collaboration with the Susan Curtis Foundation to support the programs of Camp Susan Curtis, serving economically disadvantaged youth in Maine, with an aim to create an innovative web portal for campers to access year-round.
  • 2013-16 Member of research team at the Muskie School’s Cutler Institute contracted to conduct a three-year long program evaluation for a SAMHSA funded program at Crossroads for Women, a residential treatment facility for pregnant and parenting women with substance addictions.