Social work

Wendy Ashley

Wendy Ashley
Assistant Professor
(818) 677-3607
Office location:
ST 206


Wendy Ashley, Assistant Professor, joined the CSUN faculty in Fall of 2008. Dr. Ashley received her Psy.D. from Ryokan College and she received her MSW from the University of Southern California. She has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1998 and has over sixteen years of social work experience in the areas of community mental health and child welfare. Dr. Ashley has been employed in many settings within the arena of community mental health, including Family Preservation, Mental Health, Adoptions, Foster Care, Wraparound, Residential and Group Homes, and Day Treatment. Dr. Ashley has also worked as an Adjunct Faculty at the University of Southern California and National University, and has served as a field instructor for CSU Northridge, CSU Long Beach, Pepperdine and Alliant University (for MSW, MA and Psy.D. programs).
In addition to the Practice, Policy, Trauma, Psychosocial Assessment and Diagnostic Formulation, Human Behavior and other courses she teaches as CSUN, Dr. Ashley currently works as a clinical consultant at Soba Recovery Center, maintains a private practice and provides training for multiple community agencies.


  • Psy.D., Ryokan College, Clinical Psychology
  • MSW, University of Southern California
  • BA, University of California, Riverside, Psychology

Courses Taught

  • Generalist Social Work Theory and Practice
    Advanced Social Work Practice with Urban Families
    Family Crisis, Trauma and Grief


  • Ashley, W. (2011). The angry Black woman: Impact of pejorative stereotypes in psychotherapy with Black women. Journal of Social Work in Public Health. In press.

Peer Reviewed Presentations

  • Ashley, W. “The Angry Black Woman: The Impact of Pejorative Stereotypes on Psychotherapy with Black Women.” Abstract accepted for presentation at the Pedagogy of Privilege Conference. Denver, Colorado. August 15-16, 2011.

    Ashley, W. "Attachment THAIRapy: A Culturally Relevant Treatment Paradigm for African American Foster Youth." 2nd Biannual International Symposium: Vulnerable Families: Cross National Perspectives on Social Welfare Issues. Champaign, Illinois. April 2-3, 2012.