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Release Date: Friday, May 23, 2014 5:39 PM
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Dr. Tricia Bent-Goodley appointed Editor-in-Chief of Social Work
Tricia Bent-Goodley,Ph.D.

Washington (May 22, 2014) - Tricia Bent-Goodley, Ph.D., has been appointed as the new editor-in-chief of Social Work by the president of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

She will serve in this capacity for the next four years and is the journal’s second African American in this role in the journal’s 58-year history. Bent-Goodley is renowned in the field of social work and as an advocate for social justice and human rights.

Social Work, established in 1956, is the top-rated social science journal in the world, ranked first in its category by the Information Sciences Institute (ISI). The professional journal is dedicated to improving practice and advancing knowledge in social work and social welfare. Its articles yield insights into established practices, evaluate new techniques and research, examine current social problems and bring serious critical analysis to social policy and advancing solutions to serious human problems. Bent-Goodley’s appointment is from 2014-2018.

Bent- Goodley serves as professor of Social Work and director of the doctoral program at Howard University School of Social Work. Bent-Goodley also serves as the director of the Howard University Interpersonal Violence Prevention Program and chair/director of the University’s Women’s Leadership Initiative.

She is a member of the NASW Committee on Women's Issues, board member of the Community Education Group, steering committee member of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community, a member of the CSWE Council on Leadership Development, co-chair of the NABSW Academy for African-Centered Social Work, a resource member for the International Program Committee of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and a member of the Prince Georges County Domestic Violence Fatality Review.

Contributing Writer: Jordan Shanks


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