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.
Email: t_coakle@uncg.edu
Office: Stone 253
Office hours: Thursdays, 10:45am and 12:15pm and by appointment.
see Curriculum Vitae


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, noon-3p.m.
see Curriculum Vitae


Mathieu 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, 1-3pm.
Twitter: @DespardMat
URL: https://matdespard.wp.uncg.edu/

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Yarneccia 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 currently a part of the BPD Emerging Leader-Scholar Initiative and has been appointed by the Council on Social Work Education to serve as Co-Chair for the Council on Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity for the 2018-2019 year. She currently serves as a member of this Council, which is a part of the Commission for Diversity and Social and Economic Justice.

Dr. Dyson also serves as the Track Chair for the African Americans and the African Diaspora Track of CSWE.
Email: yddyson@uncg.edu
Office: Stone 257
Office hours: Wednesday’s 1p-3p.
see Curriculum Vitae


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, 2pm-5pm
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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
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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
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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.

Faculty advisor for NASW-Student Organization.
Email: mcfpowers@uncg.edu
Office: Stone 259
Office hours: Tuesdays 11:30AM-2:30PM and by appointment
see Curriculum Vitae


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: Monday and Wednesday, 2pm – 4:30pm
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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 1pm
see  Curriculum Vitae

 


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.
Email: dcswick@uncg.edu
Office: Stone 255
Office hours: Tuesdays, 12-3pm.
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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: Mondays and Wednesdays 10am-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: Research leave until Spring 2019
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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.

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

Office: Stone 253
Office hours: Wednesdays, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm and by appointment.
see Curriculum Vitae



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: W 2:00-5:00 pm (except on Sept. 18 and Oct. 2  when they will be 4-5 pm only)  and by appointment

 


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 & Thursday from 2-4 pm or by appointment.