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Donna Leigh Bliss|Division of Social Work

Donna Leigh BlissDonna Leigh Bliss

Associate Professor

B.A., University of Maryland College Park
MSW, University of Maryland Baltimore
Ph.D., University of Maryland Baltimore
Health Sciences 216
(307) 766-5426

Office Hours

Mondays, 2:30 - 3:30 or by appointment

Research Interests

  • Relationship between spirituality and addiction
  • Improving addiction treatment outcomes
  • Developing social work practice models
  • Nonprofit and cause advocacy using social and multimedia

Teaching Philosophy

I believe excellence in teaching is much more than having information to provide to students, but more a way of relating that transmits a love for learning and a desire to fully engage students in the learning process. By challenging students to go beyond their present level of understanding and explore higher levels of critical thinking, I believe we can best prepare the next generation of social work leaders. 


I was the first person in my family to graduate from college.  As a non-traditional student, I graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland College Park in 1989 with a BA in psychology and subsequently got an MSW from the University of Maryland Baltimore in 1991.  After receiving my MSW I worked for many years in a variety of clinical and administrative capacities in the addiction and mental health fields including being a clinical supervisor, psychotherapist, and program director. One of my proudest achievements was in my role in co-creating with another social worker an innovative residential addiction treatment program for homeless persons with AIDS.  I returned to the University of Maryland Baltimore in 2002 to pursue my PhD in social work, which I received in 2005. My first academic position was as an Assistant Professor and later Associate Professor at the University of Georgia School of Social Work.  During this time I served as the BSW Program Director, Interim Associate Dean for Administration, Planning, and Evaluation, and MSW Program Director. I began as the Director of the Division of Social Work at the University of Wyoming in July 2013. 

For fun I ride a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and go camping with my two poodles in my motorhome. I am also an avid bowler, golfer, and enjoy bicycling as well.

Curriculum Vitae

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