Satara Armstrong, Ph.D., M.S.W.

SCHOOL OF Arts and Sciences

Satara Charlson, Ph.D., M.S.W.

Professor of Social Work


Social Work

Dr. Charlson is a creative social work educator who is dedicated to teaching and mentoring students. For the last ten years, Charlson has developed and implemented innovative social work curriculum at both the masters and bachelors’ levels. She has served as a tenured professor at Northeastern State University and California Baptist University, and has worked to infuse gerontology into social work curriculums, as well as connect elders and students through community art and history projects aimed at combating ageism. Charlson is the recipient of the Robert C. Ford scholarship for doctoral study, the Impact Initiative Award from the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare, and the Theology/Philosophy Departmental Scholarship from Baker University. Prior to entering academia Armstrong worked in public health and as a transplant social worker. A passionate advocate for health equity, Charlson specializes in aging, addressing health disparities for marginalized populations, and the relationship between art and social justice and her research agenda focuses on positive aging, health disparities in organ donation and transplant for Native Americans, online education, as well as the role art plays in social change. Dr. Charlson enjoys facilitating art for elders, veterans and survivors of domestic violence.


  • Social Work


Capella University
PhD Human Services 2009
Dissertation: A Willingness to Donate Organs Among Members of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation in Oklahoma

University of Kansas

Baker University
BA Psychology 1997

Scholarly Activities

Armstrong, S. (2018). Unseen in the I.E.: Elder Abuse & Neglect
Art display and panel discussion.
Women in Leadership Quarterly Meeting.

Armstrong, S. (2015). Quantitative and Qualitative Insights on Organ Donation among Native Americans in Oklahoma. Native Research Network Annual Conference.

Armstrong, S. (2011). Theatrical Storytelling: Culturally Relevant Health Promotion to Decrease Health Disparities in Organ Transplants within Native American Nations in Oklahoma.
New York University’s Forum on Theatre and Public Health.

Professional Experiences

California Baptist University
Professor & MSW Founding Director 2015-2018

Indiana Wesleyan University
Associate Professor, Social Work 2012-2015

Northeastern State University
Assistant Professor, Social Work 2009-2012

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