|FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Dr. Tabitha Brookins, Assistant Professor; Dr. Turenza Smith, Chairperson & MSW Program Director; Ms. Pamela Melton, MSW Director of Field Education; Mrs. Audrey Humphery, Administrative Secretary; Dr. Denise Davis-Maye, Professor; Dr. Leon Chestang, Associate Professor; and, Dr. Katina Lang-Lindsey, Assistant Professor.|
|The MSW Program Director and acting Interim Chairperson is Dr. Turenza Smith, Ph.D., LMSW. The Chief Administrator of the Department of Social Work at Alabama State University holds a CSWE Accredited Master’s Degree in Social Work from University of Alabama. University of Alabama’s MSW Program has been CSWE Accredited since 1969 and it was accredited at the time she received her degree. She holds a Doctoral Degree from Jackson State University and demonstrates leadership through teaching, scholarship, curriculum development, administrative experience, and academic and other professional activities in Social Work. The Chief Administrator is licensed at the Master’s level with more than 15 years of direct practice experience in the areas of mental health, child welfare, medical social work and public health administration, 14 years in academia, and nearly one year as chair of the undergraduate and graduate programs in the Department of Social Work.|
|Dr. Denise Davis-Maye, PhD, LICSW, Professor, is a licensed clinical social worker and native New Yorker. With over 25 years of experience in Social Work practice and 17 years in Social Work Education, Dr. Davis-Maye is an alumnae of Clark Atlanta University. She completed graduate work at Hunter College of the City University of New York, and the University of Alabama. Her research interests include well-being, and cultural, community and familial impact on the emotional development of adolescent girls of African ancestry, the history of social welfare policy development, and the global implications of leadership development of women and girls of color.|
|Dr. Leon Chestang, Associate Professor, is a distinguished social work educator specializing in human behavior, race and culture and child welfare. Dr. Chestang has broad experience and almost every area of social work education and practice having served on the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education, and he has chaired numerous accreditation site visit teams. A noted author, lecturer and social work scholar, Dr. Chestang has been invited to lecture on the campuses of many major universities across the country. His career is distinguished by many firsts including being selected as the first African-American Dean of social work At Wayne State University, publishing the first article on transracial adoption in the United States, and serving as the first social worker to offer expert testimony As a United States District Court.|
|Dr. Katina Lang-Lindsey, LMSW, Assistant Professor, holds over 15 years of social work practice experience in the areas of research/medical social work. She also has experience coordinating grant funded initiatives by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health along with several research studies which include; Delta Regional Institute, Mayo Clinic in Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota, the Mississippi Institute for Improve of Geographical Minority Health. She received both her MSW and Ph.D. in Social Work at Jackson State University.|
Dr. Tabitha Brookins, received her BS in Medical Sociology and BA in Community and School Health Education from California State University, Long Beach (2009), MSW from California State University, Stanislaus (2010) and Ph.D. in Social Work from Jackson State University, Mississippi (2016). She is a Licensed Social Worker with solid experience in geriatrics, palliative, hospice and hospital care. She serves as a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW), National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Association of Oncology Social Workers (AOSW) and Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR).
In 2016, Dr. Brookins joined Alabama State University as an Assistant Professor, where she teaches and performs research in Complementary Therapy with an Emphasis on Cancer and other terminal illnesses, Healthcare Social Work, Veterans Mental Health Services, Rural Areas and Communities, Community Organization, and Service Delivery. She is a reviewer for the Journal of Psychosocial Oncology and has published in several peer-reviewed journals.
|Ms. Pamela Melton, LMSW, Director of Field Education, has a master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program and twenty (21) years post-master’s experience in social work. She joined the Department in 2017. The field director has experience in the areas of medical social work, public health, mental health, rural health, and administration and is currently ABD. In addition, the Field Director has four years of teaching in field education work at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Ms. Melton received her MSW from the University of Alabama in 1997. The Field Director has a total of twenty (21) years of practice experience.|
Mrs. Audrey Humphery
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