Arnold Barnes (Ph.D., Washington University) Associate Professor. Dr. Arnold Barnes has worked as a social worker in child protective services, family service settings, and psychiatric hospitals. Prior to joining the faculty of the Joint Master of Social Work Program in 2003, he taught graduate social work courses at several universities. He has conducted research on burnout and hate crimes. Currently his research is on race and psychiatric diagnoses.

Vita   Email: abarnes@ncat.edu


Jennifer Cobb (MSW, JMSW Program University of North Carolina at Greensboro and NC A&T State University), Academic Professional Assistant Professor and JMSW Admissions Director. Trauma informed clinical practice, Suicide prevention and training, Mindfulness practices for mental health, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and counter-transference within trauma treatment.

Vita Email: jgosborn@uncg.edu


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.  Dr. Dyson is a Health Disparities Researcher who is dedicated to research that focuses on empowering marginalized communities. Dr. Dyson has over 15 years experience in Social Work practice and has held various roles including Social Services Administrator, Research Analyst, and Public Health Analyst. Currently, Dr. Dyson is the Principal Investigator of a Pilot Study that focuses on addressing the Sexual Health Needs of African American College Students enrolled at HBCU’s and MSI’s. Dr. Dyson is also committed to Faculty Development with a focus on peer mentoring and supporting the success of Black Women and Women of Color Scholars in the Academy. In addition to research and scholarship, Dr. Dyson provides services to professional organizations. She has served as the Track Chair for the African-Americans and the African Diaspora Track of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and is currently the Co-Chair of the Council on Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity of CSWE. She is also a part of the Association for Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD) Emerging Leader-Scholar Initiative.

Vita  Email: yddyson@uncg.edu

Grace Gowdy (Ph.D., Boston University), Assistant Professor. Dr. Gowdy’s research interests include community and family influence on individual upward mobility, with a particular focus on the adolescent stage. Her dissertation was on informal mentors and their ability to promote economic upward mobility for low-income youth. Dr. Gowdy currently works on multiple studies examining formal and informal mentoring relationships, all surrounding how caring non-parental adults can influence young people’s chances of mobility. She has taught courses that include Human Behavior in the Social Environment and Research Methods & Data Analysis.

Email: gmgowdy@ncat.edu

Alicia Kaplan (MSW, LCSW JMSW Program: NC A&T SU and UNCG). Assistant Professor, Co-Field Director. Alicia Kaplan received her Master’s in Social Work in 2003 from the Joint Master of Social Work program at The North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Following graduation, she worked at both Forsyth and Guilford County Departments of Social Services in Child Welfare/Clinical Services for a total of seven years and taught as an Adjunct Instructor at both UNCG and Elon University. She had a small private practice in Greensboro for six years working with children/youth and their families, specializing in trauma, anxiety, depression, and other emotional/behavioral problems. She continues to provide LCSWA supervision and trainings in the community on a variety of social work topics. She is currently the Co-Director of Field Education with the JMSW Program and is the Producer/Director of the Foster Care Chronicles project (part of a joint project with the Social Work Department and the College of Visual and Performing Arts) at UNCG.

Vita  Email: abkaplan@uncg.edu

                       Foster Care Chronicles             2016-2017 Foster Care Chronicles Video

Elizabeth W. Lindsey (Ph.D., University of Georgia) Professor of Social Work. Dr. Lindsey’s research has focused on homeless families and youth and evaluation of social service training programs.  She joined the UNCG Department of Social Work in 1994 as one of the original faculty members who began the Joint Master of Social Work (JMSW) Program, a collaborative effort with NCA&TSU.  She teaches research and field instruction seminar classes in that program and currently serves as the JMSW Admissions Coordinator.  She served as Department Chair from 2008-2013 and coordinated the department’s International Educational Exchange Program with the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, from 1994-2004.  During her tenure at UNCG, she has had over $1,500,000 in external funding through her work with the N.C. Division of Social Services.

Vita  Email: ewlindse@uncg.edu

Sharon Parker (NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship, Brown University and the Miriam Hospital, Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Associate Professor.
Research and practice interests: Biomedical research examining the use of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) with men who have sex with men (MSM), discordant couples, and other high-risk populations, health disparities, HIV prevention and intervention with criminal justice involved adults, substance abuse, intimate partner violence, gender inequality, translational research, and qualitative research methods.

Email: sdparke3@ncat.edu

Fran Pearson (MSW, North Carolina A and T State University and University of North Carolina at Greensboro) Lecturer/Project Director for CSWEI.
Research and practice interests: Supervision of interns, building community collaborative, program development and outcome reporting.

Vita  Email: afpearso@uncg.edu


Jay Poole (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro) Associate Professor. Jay Poole has been involved in the human services field for over 30 years and maintains his license as a clinical social worker in North Carolina.  Jay holds the Master of Social Work degree and the Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership Cultural Foundations.  Jay’s research interests include identity studies as well as community engaged approaches to interdisciplinary and integrated approaches to care.

Vita  Email: kjpoole@uncg.edu

Maruka Rivers (MSW, Simmons College School of Social Work) Lecturer, Co-Field Director, Research and practice interests: Trauma-Informed Social Work Practice, Practice with LGBTAIQ People of Color,The Ethical Imperative of Diversity in Social Work Practice, Social Work Practice using a Developmental Lens, Spirituality in Social Work Practice, Clinical interventions in traditionally non-clinical settings.

Vita  Email: mrivers@ncat.edu


Danielle Swick (Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill), Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her areas of interest and expertise include evidence-based practice, school-based interventions, child and adolescent mental health, community-engaged research, and quantitative analysis. Her current research focuses on the impact of school-based mental health services on children’s academic and socio-emotional outcomes. She has taught courses that include Research Designs and Data Analysis for Social Work Practice and School Social Work.

Vita  Email: dcswick@uncg.edu

Jeffrey Shears (Ph.D., University of Denver) Professor and Director, JMSW Program. Research and practice interests: men (fathering, multicultural issues, HIV and AIDS) and quantitative research with an emphasis on data sharing among social service agencies.

Vita Email: jkshears@ncat.edu



Michelle Vance (Ph.D., University of Central Florida), Assistant Professor.  Her research interests include access to care for marginalized communities across mental health and criminal justice systems, intersectionality, collateral consequences and prison reentry, as well as program evaluation and community based participatory research.


Vita Email: mmvance1@ncat.edu

JMSW Administrative Support Staff

      Connie Miller, NC A&T SU                                 Beverly Lucas, UNCG

      E-mail: cmmiller1@ncat.edu                              E-mail: belucas@uncg.edu

      Phone: (336) 285-2049                                      Phone: (336) 256-1020