Dr. Focht-New’s main focus as professor is to take a learner-center approach. She believes that students learn when new information is presented in an interactive manner. In addition to working at Widener, Dr. Focht-New maintains a therapy and consultant practice that allows her to bring her clinical experience and examples to the classroom. Social work practices and values along with her nursing knowledge and experience are at the center of both her practice and educational approaches. Dr. Focht-New’s research interests include issues of trauma, health teaching, and mental health for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.