Doctor of Philosophy in Social Welfare

Master of Social Work, University of Washington

Bachelor of Arts in Human Services, Western Washington University

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Summer Larson, PhD
College of Health, Human Services & Science


Dr. Summer Larson is Chair of Ashford University’s Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Studies program. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she received her PhD in Social Welfare and Master of Social Work degrees from the University of Washington. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from Western Washington University and a diploma of Practical Nursing from Yakima Valley College. Prior to joining the faculty at Ashford, Dr. Larson taught at California State University, Sacramento; Arizona State University; and the University of Washington, Seattle and Tacoma. She has worked in both health and human services as well as on related large-scale research projects. The focus of her scholarship and professional experience has been the health and well being of low-income women and children, with a particular emphasis on resilience. A creative person at heart, Dr. Larson is excited about engaging students in learning in new ways through the online platform here at Ashford. One of her favorite aspects of teaching is the chance to continually learn from the diverse experience of her students. When not at her desk, she may be found singing or at the piano, playing with her dogs on the beach, working on a fiber arts project, or swinging a golf club.