Stephanie Pena
Assistant Professor
School of Social Work

Stephanie Lechuga Peña joined ASU in 2016. Previously she was a fellow with the Council on Social Work Education's Minority Fellowship Program, which provides professional development training, mentorship, and other supports to racial/ethnic minority social work doctoral students who are preparing to provide leadership in practice, research, teaching, and policy promulgation in government and private organizations serving underrepresented and underserved persons. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., she was a site director with The Bridge Project through the Graduate School of Social Work at Unversity of Denver. She has over 15 years of experience in social work practice, working with low-income youth and families. Pena's research interests include barriers and facilitators to education among youth and parental engagement in subsidized housing neighborhoods. She holds a BA in sociology and human services from Metropolitan Sate University of Denver, an MSW and Ph.D. from University of Denver. 

  • Academic achievement for children and youth
  • Parental engagement
  • Concentrated poverty in communities
  • Mental health and well-being of children and youth