Social Work

Faculty and Staff

Ana Berrios

Ana Selma Berrios
Assistant Professor

BA: University of Puerto Rico
MSW: Smith College, School for Social Work
Ph.D.: Smith College, School for Social Work

Phone: (910) 775-4267
Office: Health Science Building #376

Office Hours
Mondays: 4:00 to 5:30- Sandhills
Tuesdays: 2:00 to 3:00
Wednesdays: 5:00 to 6:00
Thursdays: 4:00 to 5:30- Sandhills

Research Interest: Best practices in Trauma work;  Deconstructing-understanding-expanding the concept of Evidence Based Practice; Acculturation process with First Generation Puerto Rican Women: the story not told.


David Dran

David A. Dran
Associate Professor

BA: University of Notre Dame
MSW: Arizona State University
Ph.D.: Arizona State University


Phone: (910) 521-6174
Office: Health Sciences Building 361M

Office Hours 
Monday: 5:30-6:30
Tuesday: 5:30-6:30
Wednesday: 4:30-6:30
Thursday: 5:15-6:15

Research Interest: Middle school ethnic identity and school performance, how aging is changing for boomers in the ethnicities surrounding the University, the preservation of identity for persons with Alzheimer’s disease.

Sherry Edwards

Sherry L. Edwards, Professor
Chair and MSW Program Director

BSW: Arkansas State University
MSW: Florida State University
Ph.D.: University of South Carolina
LCSW (North Carolina), LISW (South Carolina)

Phone: (910) 521-6476
Office: Health Sciences Building 361E

Office Hours
Monday: 10-2
Tuesday: 1-2
Wednesday: 10-2
Thursday: 1-3
Friday: by appointment

Research Interest: Mental Health, Cultural Competence, Women's Issues, Substance Abuse, Child Welfare and Social Work Education.



Savvas Georgiades
Associate Professor

B.Sc.: Lancaster University
MSW: University of Georgia 
Ph.D.: Florida International University


Phone: (910) 775-4079
Office: Health Sciences Building 364

Office Hours
Monday: 5:30-6:30
Tuesday: 8:30-9:30
Wednesday: 10-12:30 & 4:30-6:30
Thursday: 8:30-9:30

Research Interest: Child Welfare, Homelessness, Domestice Violence, Unemployment, Immigration Issues, Interfaith Initiatives, Single-Subject Design, Program Evaluation.


VeronicaVeronica Hardy
Assistant Professor

BA: Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
MSW: West Chester University of Pennsylvania 
Ph.D.: Regent University
Phone: (910) 775-4366
Office: Health Sciences Building 368

Office Hours
Monday: 5-6
Wednesday: 12:30-1:30
Thursday 11-2

Research Interests: Multicultural Competency Development amongst Mental Health Professionals, Distance Education Teaching Methods, Human Trafficking. 


Rebekah Hazlett-Knudsen
Assistant Professor

BSW: Western Illinois University
MSW: University of Central Florida
Ph.D.: University of Central Florida

Phone: (910) 521-6861
Office Health Sciences Building 374

Office Hours
Monday: 1-2
Tuesday: 5-6- Sandhills
Wednesday: 5-6
Thursday: 1-3

Research interests: Forensic Social Work Education, Women in Prison, Children of Incarcerated Parents, Issues Related to Maternal, Child, and Family Health.


Joanne HessmillerJoanne Hessmiller
Associate Professor SafeZone

BA: Marywood College, MLSP Bryn Mawr College 
MSW: Loyola University of Chicago 
Ph.D: University of Maryland at Baltimore
Certificate International Human Rights Law- London School of Economics 

Phone: (910) 775-4083
Office: Health Sciences Building 361G

Office Hours
Monday: 3-5
Thursday: 3-6


Natasha KintoNatasha J. Kinto
Student Support Specialist
Phone: (910) 775-4454
Office: Health Sciences Building 362


Office Hours
Daily 8:30-5:00 except During Lunch


Stephen Kodwo
Assistant Professor, BSW Program Director

BA:University of Ghana
MA: University of Ghana
MSW: University of South Carolina
Ph.D.: Virginia Commonwealth University
Phone: (910) 775-4417
Office: Health Sciences Building 361H 

Office Hours
Tuesday: 10:30-12
Thursday: 10-12
Friday: 12-4

Research Interest: Issues relating to Older Adults, Participatory Rural Appraisal, Family Preservation, Issues relating to Immigrant Families (particular emphasis on African Immigrant Families).


Kay Locklear

Alice Kay Locklear
Assistant Professor, MSW Field Director

BSW: University of North Carolina at Pembroke
MSW: East Carolina University


Phone: (910) 775-4269
Office: Health Sciences Building 361K

Office Hours
Monday 10-11
Tuesday 10-2
Wednesday 2:30-4:30
Thursday 1:30-4:30


April BonillaApril Locklear
Administrative Support Associate

Phone: (910) 775-4090 or (910)775-4451 
Office: Health Sciences Building 361


Office Hours
Daily 8:30-5:00 except during Lunch


Cindy E. Locklear
Lecturer and Field Advisor

BSW: University of North Carolina at Pembroke
MSW: Fayetteville State University 

Phone: (910) 775-4382
Office: Health Sciences Building 361L

Office Hours
Monday and Wednesday: 2-4
Tuesday and Thursday: 1-3


Veronica M

Veronica McPhatter
Assistant Professor, SCC BSW Coordinator 

BSC: NC Central University 
MSW: UNC-Chapel Hill 


Phone: SCC (910)246-4962
           UNCP (910) 775-4268
Office: SCC Campus-Kennedy Hall 176
            UNCP Campus-Health Sciences Building 366

Office Hours
Monday: 1-4
Tuesday: 3-5:30- Sandhills
Wednesday: 2-4
Thursday: 3-5:30- Sandhills

Research Interest: Public Child Welfare, Over-representation of minorities in foster care, Social Work and the laws regarding children and families 



Summer Stanley
Assistant Professor

BSW: UNC Pembroke
MSW: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Ph.D: UNC Greensboro

Phone: (910) 775-4085
Office: Health Sciences Building 370

Office Hours
Monday: 10-11
Tuesday: 1-2
Wednesday: 10-11
Thursday: 4-6

Research Interest: School social work, family/school partnerships, equity education


Frederick Stephens

Frederick H. Stephens
Assistant Professor

BSW: University of North Carolina at Pembroke
MSW: University of California at Berkeley

Phone: (910) 521-6581
Office: Health Sciences Building 372

Office Hours
Monday: 11-2
Tuesday: 12-2
Wednesday: 11-2
Thursday: 4-6

Research Interest: Domestic violence (including survivors and perpetrators), Human Diversity, Mental Health, Family Systems, and Social Work practice evaluation


Jody Thomas

Jody Thomas
Assistant Professor, BSW Field Director

BSW: University of North Carolina at Pembroke
MSW: University of South Carolina 
Web Information Coordinator (WIC)

Phone: (910) 775-4342
Office: Health Sciences Building 361J

Office Hours
Monday: 3-6
Tuesday: 11-1
Wednesday: 1-3
Thursday: 11-12