Department of Social Work

School of Health and Human Sciences

Tanya Coakley

Tanya Coakley

Ph.D., University of Tennessee. Professor: Minority health disparities, family foster care, kinship care, father involvement, cultural competence and standardized assessment.

Associate Chair in Social Work for Research
Email: t_coakle@uncg.edu
Office: Stone 253
Office hours: On Research Leave Spring 2020.
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Jennifer Cobb

MSW, JMSW Program University of North Carolina at Greensboro and NC A&T State University, Academic Professional Assistant Professor. Trauma informed clinical practice, Suicide prevention and training, Mindfulness practices for mental health, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and counter-transference within trauma treatment.
Email: jgosborn@uncg.edu
Office: Stone 180
Office hours: Mondays 12:30-3:30pm
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Mathieu DespardMathieu Despard

Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Associate Professor: Financial health of low- and moderate-income households, financial inclusion and technology, social welfare policy, social innovation, and nonprofit organization capacity.

Email: mdespard@uncg.edu
Office: Stone 173
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 9am-noon and by appointment.
Twitter: @DespardMat
URL: https://matdespard.wp.uncg.edu/

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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.

Email: yddyson@uncg.edu
Office: Stone 257
Office hours: Wednesday’s 1p-3p.
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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.
Email: mftaylo2@uncg.edu
Office: Stone 268 B
Office hours: Mondays & Tuesdays 10am-12pm
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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.
Email: abkaplan@uncg.edu
Office: Stone 187
Office hours: Tuesdays, 12-1pm and by appointment.
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Elizabeth Lindsey

Elizabeth Lindsey

Ph.D., University of Georgia. Professor: Child welfare training evaluation, homeless families and youth.
Email: ewlindse@uncg.edu
Office: Stone 178

Office hours: available by appointment
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Fran Pearson

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.
Email: afpearso@uncg.edu
Office: Stone 174
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Jay Poole

Jay Poole

Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro,  Professor and Director of the JPhD in Social Work Program: identity, including gender and sexuality, clinical social work practice, and gerontology in social work practice.
Email: kjpoole@uncg.edu
Office: Stone 263

Office hours: Mondays 12-4 and by appointment
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Meredith C. F. Powers

Ph.D. University of South Carolina, Assistant Professor: Professional socialization of social workers, climate justice, and university-community partnerships for sustainability..

Dr. Powers is a Sustainability Faculty Fellow at UNCG, and the Faculty Advisor for the campus Social Work Student Organization and a member of the Human Rights Research Network (UNCG), and the Research Fellows for the Center for New North Carolinians (UNCG).
Dr. Powers is the Founder and Director of the ‘Climate Justice Program’ of the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW). 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. She also serves as a member of the environmental Justice Committee for the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and as a member of the Grand Challenge for Society and Social Work, Create Social Responses to a Changing Environment.Email: mcfpowers@uncg.edu
Office: Stone 259
Office hours: Thursday 9am-noon
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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, peacebuilding and social justice issues, Engaged Buddhism, international social work and social development.Email: dtrhodes@uncg.edu
Office: Stone 272
Office hours: Wednesday, 9am – noon
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John 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.
Email: jcrife@uncg.edu
Office: Stone 267
Office hours: Thursdays, 10am to 12pm
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Jeff Shears

Jeffrey Shears

Ph.D., University of Denver, Professor and Director of the 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.
Email: jkshears@ncat.edu
Office: Stone 172
Office hours: T, Th, F UNCG 8 – 5 (M & W A&T 8 – 5)
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Danielle Swick

Danielle Swick

Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Associate Professor: Evidence-based practice, school-based intervention research, child and adolescent mental health, community-engagement in research, quantitative analysis.

Associate Chair in Social Work for Academic Affairs
Email: dcswick@uncg.edu
Office: Stone 255
Office hours: Mondays, 9am – 12pm.
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Michael Thull

Michael Thull

MSW, University of Pennsylvania, LCSW, Assistant Professor and Director of the BSW Field Program. Substance Use, Mental Health, LGBTQ+ Issues, Medical Social Work.
BSW Phi Alpha Advisor
Email: mathull@uncg.edu
Office: Stone 270
Office hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10:00am-11:30am
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Tyreasa Washington

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).
Email: t_washin@uncg.edu
Office: Stone 261
Office hours: Tuesday 5-6 pm (Stone #261 before class); Thursday 12-1 (Gibbs # 206-H; before class)
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Elizabeth Webb

MSW, Hunter College – City University of New York, LCSW, LSSW, Assistant Professor: school social work, children/adolescent mental health, racial justice, social justice.

Faculty advisor for NASW-Student Organization.

School Social Work Licensure Coordinator
Email: edwebb@uncg.edu

Office: Stone 253
Office hours: Wednesdays 10:30 am – 1:30 pm and by appointment.
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GERONTOLOGY FACULTY

Rebecca Adams, Ph.D.

GROWTH Coordinator, Undergraduate Gerontology Program Coordinator. and Professor: Aging music audiences, older adult friendship, baby boomers, community.
Email: r_adams@uncg.edu
Office: Ferguson 212A
Office hours: Wednesdays 2-5 pm except Feb 19, 26, March 4, and April 15. On Feb 5 and April 1 (4-5 pm only). And via appointment set up by email.

 


Elise Eifert

Elise Eifert, Ph.D.

Graduate Gerontology Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor.
Before arriving at UNCG, she was an assistant professor at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. She graduated in 2014 from UNCG with a Ph.D. in Public Health Education and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Gerontology.

Her dissertation was titled “Measuring Caregiver Identity: Scale Development and Validation”. She has her MS in Health Promotion from Indiana University at Bloomington. Her BS is in Health Education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
Dr. Eifert served as an Alzheimer’s disease and dementia educator in Fort Myers, Florida for five years before returning to school to pursue her doctorate.
Her research agenda focuses on how individuals transition from their former role into the family caregiver role, and how that transition effects identity and the use of home and community based services.
She is a Certified Health Education Specialist. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, craft beer, and listening to live music.
Email: ekeifert@uncg.edu
Office: Ferguson 212
Office hours: Tuesday & Wednesday from 1:30-4:30 pm