Samantha Dutton, Ph.D., MSW, Lt Col, USAF (Ret), is an Associate Dean and the Director of the Social Work Program in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences with the University of Phoenix, presiding over the Bachelor of Science Social Work program. The program was accredited by the Council of Social Work Education in March 2022. Previously, she held positions of Deputy Commander of Medical Operations at Mike O’Callaghan Military Medical Center, Nevada, as well as the Medical Squadron at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, and she also commanded the Mental Health Clinic at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. Her military experience spans 27 years with increasing levels of leadership. She has been the recipient of numerous Air Force level awards and was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom where she was the sole mental health practitioner for 2,500 personnel.
Dr. Dutton earned her doctorate in Social Work and Social Research at Portland State University, and her MSW and BSW at New Mexico Highlands University.