Department of Social Work

School of Health and Human Sciences

Dr. Coakley Tanya Coakley (Ph.D., University of Tennessee), Associate Professor: Minority health disparities, family foster care, kinship care, father involvement, cultural competence and standardized assessment. Vita Email:
DysonFacultyPhoto Yarneccia D. Dyson (Ph.D., Clark Atlanta University), Assistant Professor; Research interests include HIV and STI prevention, healthy equity/social determinants of health and access of marginalized communities, as well as women’s studies and community engagement/community based participatory research.  She is currently a part of the BPD Emerging Leader-Scholar Initiative and serves as a council member for the CSWE Council on Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity. Vita Email:
Melissa Floyd-Pickard (Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University), Professor and Department Chair: Practice with people who have serious mental illness, issues in family substance abuse recovery, innovative alternatives to involuntary treatment, professional dissonance in social work practice. Vita Email:
Dr. Hurd Elisabeth Porter Hurd (Ph.D., University of Chicago), Associate Professor : Families and children, interpersonal violence, strength based social work teaching and practice, program evaluation. Vita Email:
Dr. Kaplan Alicia Kaplan (MSW, JMSW Program: NC A&T SU and UNCG) Assistant Professor, Co-Director of JMSW Field Instruction Program, Research and practice interests: Child Welfare, Trauma, Clinical Social Work Practice. Vita Email:
Dr. Lindsey Elizabeth W. Lindsey (Ph.D., University of Georgia), Professor : Child welfare training evaluation, homeless families and youth. Vita Email:
Fran Pearson (MSW, North Carolina A & T State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro), Lecturer, Project Coordinator for the Congregational Social Work Educational Initiative: Gerontology; mental health. Vita Email:
Dr. Poole Jay Poole (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro), Associate Professor: identity, including gender and sexuality, clinical social work practice, and gerontology in social work practice. Vita Email:
m-powers-11-28-16  Meredith C. F. Powers (Ph.D. University of South Carolina), Assistant Professor: Professional socialization of social workers, ecological justice, and university-community partnerships for sustainability. Currently serves on the Environmental Justice Committee for the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).  She also established and administers the growing, online network ‘Green/Environmental Social Work Collaborative Network’ for social workers around the world who are committed to ecological justice. Vita Email:


t-washington-9-13-16 Tyreasa Washington (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago; MSW, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Assistant Professor:  African American Kinship Care Children & Families; Mental Health and Social & Academic Competence among African American Children; Child Welfare (including fatherhood research) Vita Email:
Daniel Rhodes Daniel Rhodes (Ph.D.University of North Carolina at Greensboro), LCSW, Assistant Professor and Director of the BSW Program: Community mental health, immigrant and refugee populations, conflict resolution, restorative justice, peace and social justice issues, Engaged Buddhism, ecopsychology, international social work and social development. Vita Email:
Dr. Rife John Rife (Ph.D., Ohio State University), Professor, Director of BSW Field Instruction Program: The social and economic impacts of unemployment and income deficiency upon older workers, families, and the homeless. Vita Email:
Dr. Schmitz Cathryne L. Schmitz (Ph.D., Ohio State University;  MSW, University of Washington). Professor in the Department of Social Work: Her scholarship focuses on global engagement, leadership, interdisciplinary education, organizational development and community building, critical multiculturalism, analysis of the privilege/oppression nexus, environmental sustainability, and peacebuilding. She is engaged in intercultural global education, knowledge building, and curriculum development. She has numerous publications and is currently focusing in the areas of identity and culture, interdisciplinary knowledge building, environmental justice, and organizational/community transformation. She has expanded her focus through her cross-disciplinary appointments with the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies and the Program in Women and Gender Studies. She also contributes to and learns from her work in the community and with the UNCG Center for New North Carolinians. Vita Email:


Danielle Swick Danielle Swick (Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill), Assistant Professor: Evidence-based practice, school-based intervention research, child and adolescent mental health, community-engagement in research, quantitative analysis. Vita Email:
Dr. Wineberg Robert Wineburg (Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh), Jefferson Pilot Excellence Professor: The relationship between federal domestic social welfare policy and service provision; the involvement of religious organizations in local service delivery and policy development. Vita Email: