Some of the content on this website requires JavaScript to be enabled in your web browser to function as intended. While the website is still usable without JavaScript, it should be enabled to enjoy the full interactive experience.

Skip to Main Navigation. Each navigation link will open a list of sub navigation links.

Skip to Main Content

Lindsey Overstreet|Division of Social Work
Sidebar Site Navigation

Lindsey Overstreet

Assistant Lecturer

B.A., Seattle Pacific University
MSW, University of Wyoming

Health Sciences 330
(307) 766-5658

Office Hours for Spring 2014:

by appointment


Research/Scholarship Interests

Psychosocial impacts of severe/chronic illness and related treatment; inclusion of patients' religious and spiritual practices in medical settings; medical ethics as related to patient interactions; inter-professional health sciences education; cultural competency in medical social work practice.

Teaching Philosophy

My approach to teaching is based on my strong belief in the transformative power of education. Particularly in social work education, I find that encountering new ideas, values, and views can lead to both challenge and discovery of one's own personal and professional identity.  In my lectures I emphasize the importance of engaging in critical thinking by posing questions that may be counter to societal norms or expectations and sharing the non-dominant viewpoints we must be able to consider if are are to understand the world around us.  While I believe my role as a social work educator is to help prepare ethical, compassionate, and insightful social work practitioners, due to my humanistic teaching philosophy I also affirm the person value of social work education as a way to better understand one's self and experiences; therefore, the assignments that I incorporate into the courses I teach promote self-reflection.

In my work as a medical social worker, I have witnessed the benefit of collaboration and the reality of different forms of expertise.  This lesson has translated into my approach to teaching, where I strive to build a classroom environment that is safe for all students to contribute to the collaboration process of learning.  One way that I work to build this environment is by learning each of my student's names and affirming the unique perspective they bring to the topics of discussion in our classroom.  I work diligently to give students in the course I teach ongoing, constructive, and extensive feedback on their work, emphasizing the importance of strong writing skills, critical thinking, and self-evaluation. I hold the students I work with in high regard and, as a result, I have high expectations of their work and willingness to engage in the material.


I come from a blended family in a rural ranching community in central Oregon.  I spent four years living in downtown Seattle, where I learned to love good coffee and developed a passion for pursuing social justice thanks to many great teachers and mentors.  During this time, I also earned my BA in Psychology from Seattle Pacific University.  Prior to relocating to Laramie and earning my MSW from the University of Wyoming, I worked as the director of graduate and family housing for the University of Idaho, a program coordinator and river ranger with the U.S. Forest Service in Jackson, Wyoming, and as a kayak instructor for a whitewater kayak school I co-founded in Oregon.

I am drawn to medical social work, as I strongly believe health is a basic human right and that equitable access to adequate medical care is a social justice issue we must address.  In addition to teaching at the University of Wyoming, I also stay active in the field by working part-time as a medical social worker at Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie.  I am passionate about helping students realize their potential to promote human well-being through the profession of social work and greatly enjoy teaching.

Curriculum Vitae

Share This Page:

Footer Navigation

University of Wyoming Medallion
1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071 // UW Operators (307) 766-1121 // Contact Us // Download Adobe Reader