Pilar S. Horner

Pilar S. Horner
  • Associate Professor - Tenure


  • PhD, University of Michigan
  • MSW, University of Michigan
  • AB, University of Michigan


  • HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment for Spanish speaking populations
  • International social work research
  • Undocumented families/immigration
  • Ethnography/qualitative research
  • Drug use and abuse for Latinos/as


  • Resilience Theory with Latino Families in an Art-Based Inquiry Project. Funded by the MSU School of Social Work and the Humanities and Arts Research Program (HARP). 2018 to present.
  • Sociocultural Effects on Prevention and Care for HIV: Immigrants and Transnational Migrants in the Dominican Republic. Funded by the MSU Faculty Initiative Fund. 2019-present.


  • Chima, E., Horner, P. (2022) Refugee Youth Identity at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa District, Malawi. Diaspora, Indigenous and Minority Education, Pages 1-14. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/15595692.2022.2088492.
  • Sato, M., Horner, P., Vélez Ortiz, D., Nelson, A. (2022). The Role of Spirituality in Family Adjustment & Resilience among Puerto Rican Families Post-Hurricane Maria. Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work, Vol 41, Issue 1, page 90-103.


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  • President of Influencing Social Policy
  • 2019-2020 Distinguished Service Award, Association of Latina/o Social Work Educators
  • Advisory Board, Institute for Global Health at the College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Advisory Board, Diversity Research Network through the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives
  • President, Organization of Latino Social Workers, Michigan Chapter
  • Faculty advisor. Organization of Latino Social Workers Student organization