Yvonne Unrau

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Yvonne Unrau
Professor and Director, Center for Fostering Success
(269) 387-3185
4420 Health and Human Services Building, Mail Stop 5354
Mailing address: 
College of Health and Human Services
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5354 USA
  • Ph.D., University of Utah
  • M.S.W., University of Calgary
  • B.S.W., University of Calgary
  • B.A., University of Lethbridge

Dr. Unrau joined the School of Social Work faculty in 2004. Her interest and specialization is in the area of child welfare, foster care, and integrating complementary alternative interventions including yoga, meditation and mindfulness to the practice of social work. She is the founding Director of WMU’s program to support undergraduates who have aged out of foster care (i.e., Seita Scholars Program), and currently serves as director of WMU’s Center for Fostering Success.

She most often teaches courses in social work practice, program planning, research, evaluation, mindfulness and body-based interventions for trauma treatment. She is a licensed clinical social worker, and has received numerous grants, especially to support research and programming efforts related to services for youth aging out of the foster care system and enrolling in post secondary programs.