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Collaborating with SSW faculty

Founded in 1920, the UNC School of Social Work is consistently ranked as one of the best in the nation. We are a graduate school offering M.S.W. and Ph.D. degrees.

Our award-winning faculty are making a difference in today’s most pressing social issues, including substance use, eldercare, developmental disabilities, child welfare, mental health care, international social work and supporting military families. Our faculty are respected and recognized scholars and entrepreneurs who produce cutting-edge research.

Opportunities are actively sought to collaborate with international peers on research and other academic activities. The School has signed “memorandums of understanding (MOUs)” with East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai; the School of Health, Care and Social Welfare at Mälardalen University in Västerås, Sweden; and the Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT) in Pune, India.

In past years, SSW study abroad program participants have traveled to China, Eastern Europe, Cuba, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, South Africa, Mexico, England, Ireland, the Netherlands, India and Sweden, where they examined social welfare issues in different societies to gain a deeper understanding of social issues globally.

Our faculty actively seek opportunities for collaboration. This page lists several faculty members who would welcome your inquiry, along with their contact information and areas of interest.



Betsy Bledsoe, PhD, MPhil, MSW
Research Interests: Perinatal, maternal and infant mental health; evidence-based practice; Interpersonal psychotherapy; health disparities and culturally relevant mental health practice.
(919) 843-6543

Rebecca B. Brigham, MSW
Research Interests: Child welfare and public policy; foster care and adoption; adult learning theory; international social work education
(919) 962-6532

Mimi Chapman, PhD, MSW
Research Interests: Migration; immigration; mental health; children, youth, & families; social work practice in China
(919) 843-8282

Iris Carlton-LaNey, PhD, MA
Research Interests: Services, programs and treatments for older adults
(919) 962-6536

Gina A. Chowa, PhD, MSW
Research Interests: International social development in asset building, HIV/AIDS, social protection and financial capability
(919) 843-8453

Trenette Clark Goings, PhD, MSW
Research Interests: Adolescent drug use and sexual behavior
(919) 843-8020


Josh Hinson, MSW
Research Interests: Social work practice with immigrant, transmigrant, and refugee populations; Latino health and mental health; field placements and study abroad opportunities in Latin America.
(919) 962-6434

Michael C. Lambert, PhD, MA, MSS
Research Interests: Adjustment in children, youth, adults and families; cross-nationally in general and with focus on children of color as well as appropriate measurement of function in and across such groups.
(919) 962-6436

Kim Strom, PhD, MSW
Research Interests: Crisis intervention, suicide prevention, direct social work practice skills and ethics.
(919) 962-6495

Sharon Holmes Thomas, MSW
Research Interests: Adolescent pregnancy prevention/risk behaviors; families and children; interventions with families of color; international social work education.
(919) 962-4367