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Rebecca Brigham

Assistant Dean of Field Education
Clinical Associate Professor

Rebecca Brigham


Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building

Room 335-E

325 Pittsboro Street

Campus Box 3550

Chapel Hill, NC 27599

O: 919-929-6532

F: 919-962-3384

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Rebecca Brigham, MSW, is a clinical associate professor and Assistant Dean of Field Education at UNC School of Social Work. She has served in this role for 16 years. Prior to coming to the School of Social Work, Ms. Brigham worked for more than 20 years in public child welfare services both in the county and state levels and in private, not-for-profit agencies, focusing primarily on foster care and adoption services. Ms. Brigham’s research interests are in the pedagogy of social work field education and creating affirming field education settings for all students. Ms. Brigham is a previous chair of the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE), Council on Field Education and a previous secretary of the North American Network of Field Educators and Directors (NANFED). She is a current member of the North Carolina Field Education Consortium. Additionally, Ms. Brigham has co-led a global immersion study abroad course to India and currently manages the UNC-Australian Catholic University (ACU), Social Work student exchange program.

Degrees and Licenses

MSW, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BA, West Virginia Wesleyan College

Primary Program

Field Education


Safe Zone Training

Research and Professional Interests

Social Work Field Education
International Field Education

Principal Investigator

Affirmation of LGBTQI Identities in Social Work Field Education


Social work field placement in a law school clinic: An exploratory study

Recent Publications

Defining the minimum expectation of MSW students: Implementation and application of technical standards

A psychometric analysis of field evaluation instruments designed to measure students’ generalist level social work competencies

Recruiting, maintaining and sustaining integrated behavioral health sites for field education

A conversation on creating trans-affirming social work field placements

Orientation programs for Masters of Social Work students: Rethinking content and format

Presentations, Workshops and Media

Navigating Racism in Social Work Field Education

Utilizing Technical Standards as a New Tool for Gatekeeping in Field Education

Are They Ready? Helping Field Agencies Provide Affirming Experiences to Trans-Identified Students

Transgender/Gender Nonconforming Students in The Field: Experiences and Best Path Strategies

IT Innovations for Field Education Administration, Assessment, and Collaboration