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About Simon Funge

As a social services paraprofessional, Dr. Funge provided counseling and coordinated a psychosocial rehabilitation program for the Mental Health Association of Orange County (MHA) in Garden Grove, CA. The agency provided support to community members living with a mental illness who were either experiencing homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

As a Master of Social Work student, he completed internships at the California Youth Authority working with paroled juvenile sex offenders. In addition, he interned with the City of Long Beach in their Neighborhood Services Bureau.

As a professional social worker, Dr. Funge worked for a human relations organization in Long Beach, CA -- the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ). There he conducted a variety of advocacy, conflict resolution, and education programs aimed at promoting more inclusive communities.

Prior to joining JMU, Dr. Funge was an Associate Professor and BSW Program Director at Western Kentucky University (WKU) and was a Lecturer for the School of Social Work at California State University, Long Beach where he taught both graduate and undergraduate social work courses.

His current research interests include factors that influence foster parents' decisions to continue fostering and the impact of domestic sojourn (e.g., Study Away) programs.


Present Associate Professor/Academic Unit Head, James Madison University College of Health and Behavioral Studies

Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • • CSU Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program recipient
  • • UCLA Summer Research Mentorship Grant
  • • UCLA School of Public Affairs Advisory Board stipend
  • • Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) – Applied Social Issues Internship


  • SWRK 101: Foundations of Human Services
  • SWRK 205: Introduction to Social Work
  • SWRK 330 & 331: Human Behavior in the Social Environment I and II
  • SWRK 345: Social Work Research Methods
  • SWRK 375: Social Work Practice I (Individuals)
  • SWRK 381: Social Work Practice III (Communities and Institutions)
  • SWRK 481 & 483: Field Seminar I and II


2013 PhD Social Welfare, University of California - Los Angeles
1998 Master of Social Work, California State University, Long Beach
1992 B.A. Psychology, University of California, Irvine

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Recent Works (2)

Research Publications (5)

Research Presentations (5)

Community Presentations (1)