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Crystal Coles

Assistant Professor

Coles 376 Marshall




PhD – Virginia Commonwealth University
MSW – Wichita State University
BA – History, Political Science, Friends University

Professional Summary

Areas of Interest

Child Welfare
Foster Care
Childhood Trauma/Mental Health
Health Disparities
Practice Skills/Clinical Development
Organizational Practice
Program Evaluation

Honors, Recognitions, and Special Awards

Recipient of the Doctoral Fellowship Award in Clinical Training from the Council on Social Work Education Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). 2012-2015
Postdoctoral Fellow, Virginia Commonwealth University. 2014-2016


Licensed Clinical Social Worker
National Association of Social Workers - member
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
Society for Social Work Researchers (SSWR)

Practice Experience

Program Evaluator/Consultant
Clinician (Private Practice/In-Home Family Therapy)
Medical Social Worker
School Social Worker
Clinical Specialist, Foster Care
Parenting Class Facilitator

Representative Courses Taught

SWRK 315: Theoretical Bases for Social Work Practice
SWRK 450: Practice Issues with Women
SWRK 451: Practice Issues with People of Color
SWRK 610: Empowerment: Social Justice & Social Change

Selected Presentations and/or Publications

Coles, D.C. (2013, May). A history forgotten: The contributions of African-American women to the profession of social work. Paper presented at the 9th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Coles, D.C., & Price, S.K., (2015, May). Understanding how elements of power impact research partnership through a qualitative process evaluation and community case study. Paper presented at the 10th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Netting, F.E., O’Connor, M.K., Fauri, D., & Coles, D.C.  (2015). Resurrecting Nannie Minor & Orie Hatcher: Emergence of professional social Work education in one southern city.  Affilia, 30(2), pp. 259-269.

Perkins, N., Coles, D.C., & O’Connor, M.K. (2015). Physical and emotional sibling violence and policy: An examination of Fox-Harding's child-care value perspectives, Children and Society.

Additional Information

Research Interest

Public Child Welfare, Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis, Ethnic Minority Mental Health, Organizational Practice, and Policy Analysis

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