Department of Social Work

School of Health and Human Sciences

Tanya Coakley (Ph.D., University of Tennessee), 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) Associate 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: The social and economic impacts of unemployment and income deficiency upon older workers, families, and the homeless.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:
Michael Thull (MSW, University of Pennsylvania), LCSW, Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the BSW Field Program.  Adult Mental Health, LGTBQ+Issues, Hospital/Medical Social Work, Crisis Intervention, and Disaster Mental Health.  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: