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Hall, Fields, Phipps and Brevard receive promotions

William Hall, Ph.D.

Will Hall was promoted to the rank of associate professor. The Board of Trustees approved Hall’s promotion with an effective date of Jan. 27, 2023 and conferred permanent tenure. A triple Tar Heel (and MSW and Ph.D. alumnus of our School), Hall was also recently named an L. Richardson Preyer Early Career Scholar.

Hall’s work centers on understanding mental health and social problems affecting LGBTQ youth and addressing these problems through effective psychosocial interventions.


Linda Kendall FieldsLinda Kendall Fields was promoted to clinical associate professor. Fields is the program coordinator for UNC Cares and the special projects facilitator for NC Money Follows the Person, a state project that helps Medicaid-eligible North Carolinians who live in inpatient facilities move into their own homes and communities with supports.

Fields has dedicated more than 35 years to building communities that are responsive to the needs and contributions of older adults, people with disabilities and families in Minnesota, Oregon, Ohio, Georgia and North Carolina.


Laura PhippsLaura Phipps was promoted to clinical associate professor. As the program coordinator for the Family and Children’s Resource Program at UNC School of Social Work, Phipps focuses on building the capacity of organizations that serve families to increase the effectiveness and impact of their work.

Phipps has led a wide variety of projects aimed at supporting the child welfare workforce, using her skills to develop curricula, conduct trainings, facilitate town hall events, and coordinate community-wide collective impact initiatives. Her areas of expertise include trauma-informed practice, coaching, continuous quality improvement, and outcomes-focused practice.


Kanisha-BrevardKanisha Brevard was promoted to research associate professor. Brevard works on projects focused on maltreatment prevention, kinship care, and the evaluation of evidenced-based interventions for children and youth in foster care. For more than 10 years, she has provided technical support on several child welfare projects, including managing large administrative data, analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, developing surveys, writing evaluation reports, and presenting findings at national conferences.

Brevard’s research interests include efforts to eliminate racial disproportionality and improve outcomes for children and families of color in the child welfare system.