Areas of Interest
Health disparities and accessibility of services, drug addiction, poverty, and intersections of race class and gender, social change, oppression, distributive justice, social welfare policy and practice and human service program evaluation, Interagency collaborations
Current Professional Memberships
Member, National Association of Social Workers
Member, Society for Social Work Research
Member, Council on Social Work Education
Member, Greater Lansing Homeless Resolution Network
PhD - Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
MSW - Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
BSW - Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI
348 Marshall Office
317 Marshall Main
2005 to Present: Assistant professor. Eastern Michigan
2003 - 2005: Adjunct Faculty. Central Michigan University Undergraduate Program in Social Work
2001 - 2003: Clinical Instructor.
1994 to 1995: Community College Instructor.
Honors, Recognitions, Special Awards
CSWE Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Minority Fellowship Recipient 2002-2004
Michigan State University Competitive Doctoral Enrichment Fellowship Recipient 2001-2004
Outstanding Service to the Community in Extension Education Award 1999
Okagbue-Reaves, J. (2002) Economic Status, Gendered Roles and Family Structure. International Conference on Social Sciences, Conference Proceedings June 2002
Okagbue-Reaves, J. (2005) Kinship Care: Analysis of the Health and Well-Being of Grandfathers Raising Grandchildren Using the Grandparent Assessment Tool and the Medical Outcomes Trust SF-36 TM Health Survey, Journal of Family Social Work, 47-66, Volume 9 Number 2. The Haworth Press, Inc.
Okagbue-Reaves, J. (2007). Crack Cocaine and the Experiences of African American Women: A statistical Study of Positive Treatment Outcomes,
In process for publication as an article Ragg, M.D. & Okagbue-Reaves, J. (2007). Shaping Student Interactive Habits: A Critical Function of Practice Education. Council on Social Work Education APM
Brooks, Judi, Fox, Diane Poretta, Okagbue-Reaves, Janet & Lukomski, Angela (2009). Best Practices for an Interdisciplinary Team-Taught Course. Educational Gerontology, 35 (9), 818-830
Social Work Practice Experience
Clinical Therapist. Abbott Road Center for the Family
Clinical Therapist. Professional Psychological and Psychiatric Services, P.C.
Substance Abuse Therapist. National Council on Alcoholism
Children Youth and Families County Extension Agent
Co-Director New Perspectives, Inc.
Co-Founder and Director of Rahab's House
Clinical supervisor. New Perspectives Center.
Medical Social Worker. Personal Home Care Services
Community Mental Health Therapist. Correctional Assessment and Treatment Services
Diversity Office Graduate Assistant. College of Social Science Michigan State University.
Geriatric Social Worker. Woodbury Nursing Home.
Counselor. Transitional Services of Long Island, N.Y.