Walla Walla University—Billings

Wilma Hepker School of Social Work and Sociology

Our mission is to train competent and ethical professionals who: embody integrity, value all people, serve their communities, and pursue social justice

WWU offers an MSW with an advanced clinical practice emphasis.  By offering classes one-day-a-week, on Monday, the MSW program is designed with the working and commuting student in mind. New cohorts begin in the Fall. A four-quarter advanced standing program is also available to BSW graduates who have graduated from a CSWE accredited institution and meet other criteria. 

The Master of Social Work program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Meet the faculty

Our faculty of full-time professors and supporting contract teachers is large enough to offer experience in a diverse range of areas, but small enough to allow students to get to know each faculty member. We strive to offer a quality program for our majors, including a wide range of class options and small class sizes.

Deisy Haid, D.S.W., M.S.W., LCSW

Dean of Social Work and Sociology 

Associate Professor of Social Work and Sociology

(509) 527-2472 



  • LCSW Oregon
  • BSW Walla Walla University
  • MSW Walla Walla University

Teaching Areas
Field education


    Crisis intervention and stabilization, children psychiatric residential, juvenile justice, child welfare and adoptions, trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, child and family therapy, collaborative problem solving and wraparound 

    Family time, making authentic Mexican food, reading, playing sports/exercising and binge watching Netflix


    Professional Memberships/Affiliations

    • Charter member of the National Honor Society of Social Work Students PI XI Chapter since 2009

    Faculty Awards                               

    • Community Partner of the Month Award from Clackamas County Behavioral Health Division—2016
    • Clinician of the Month Award from Clackamas County Behavioral Health Division—2012


    • Hispanic and Latino Faculty and Staff Association—2018–current
    • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteer—2017–current 
    • Hispanic Interagency Networking Team and Gang Violence Task Force—2012-2013

    Pam Bing Perry, DMFT., B.S., M.B.A., M.S., LMFT

    Billings M.S.W. Program Coordinator

    Professor of Social Work and Sociology

    (509) 527-2558



    • MBA
    • MS in Marriage and Family Therapy
    • Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy (DMFT)

    Teaching Areas

    • Families
    • Beginning Practice
    • Introduction to Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)
    • Practicum Groups

    The effects of Emotion Coaching training on parents with Adverse Childhood Experiences – title: “Parenting from the Heart: Nurturing Your Child’s Emotional World”. 

    Emotions and trauma, trauma-informed care, EFT, Gottman model, couples therapy 


    Professional Memberships/Affiliations

    • NASW

    • AAMFT

    MAMFT board member, board president elect, Big Sky CISM clinical team member, ACE presentations, suicide prevention walk, The Festival of Trees, member of St. Vincent advisory board


    Amanda Lewis, D.S.W., M.S.W., B.S., LCSW, LMFT

    Assistant Professor of Social Work and Sociology

    (509) 527-2797



    • BS Human Services MSU-Billings
    • BSW Montana State University-Billings
    • MSW Walla Walla University
    • LCSW 
    • LMFT

    Teaching Areas

    • Individual
    • Family and Group Practice
    • Psychopathology
    • Policy and Advocacy


    Amanda’s current research is focused around rural mental health practice. She also has interest in the influence of social media and technology on adolescent development.


    Spending time with family, hiking, swimming and being outdoors



    Amanda was born and raised on a cattle ranch in Southeastern Montana. She has a private practice and she has operated since 2008 in the small community in which she reside. She is married, with 3 children; two boys and a girl.  

    Professional Memberships/Affiliations

    • NASW 


    Amanda provides service in her small community in the form of coaching, teaching, and volunteering.  

    Message to students

    "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed individuals can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead


    Nicole Helgeson

    Mental Health Clinic Coordinator

    (406) 254-0308

    (509) 527-2595


    Tori Bauer-Koch

    Library Research Consultant

    (509) 527-2745


    Heather Lang, B.B.A.

    Administrative Assistant

    (406) 254-9907



    • Bachelor's in business administration, emphasis in management, Union College, 2011


     My interests are raising my kids, going on camping and dirt bike riding adventures with my family.


    Love to watch and play basketball. 


    I volunteer at our SDA elementary school.