Dana Knighten, MSW, DSW, LCSW

Professor of Social Ministry
Social Work Practice Specialist 
Missions Experience: USA



  • Doctor of Social Work, Capella University, Minneapolis, MN
  • Master of Social Work, Southern University, New Orleans, LA
  • Bachelor of Arts, Social Work, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA

Doctoral Dissertation

  • Understanding the Complexity of Chronic Illness: an Action Research Approach

Master of Social Work Thesis

  • A Description of the Behavioral and Emotional Strengths of a Sample of Children in the Louisiana Youth Enhancement Services Program

Certifications / Continuing Education

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Louisiana
  • "The Impact of the Invisible Wounds of War"
  • "The Well Child: An Integrated Approach"
  • "PTSD Diagnosis and DSM-5"
  • "Residual Effects of Aggression and Domestic Violence"

Teaching Specializations

  • Social Work Practices
  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • Social Work Ethics
  • Direct Service

Professional Experiences

  • Clinician, Greenbrier Behavioral Health Hospital, Covington, LA
  • Social Worker II, North Oaks Medical Center, Hammond, LA
  • Intervention Specialist, Abraxas Key Academy, Hammond, LA
  • Social Worker, New Horizons Youth Service Bureau, Hammond, LA
  • Internship, Court Appointed Special Advocate, CASA Services, Hammond, LA
  • Internship, Hammond Head Start, Hammond, LA


  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority