Ruby M. Gourdine, DSW
Phone: (202) 806-4733
Area of Specialty:
Youth and family violence, child welfare, children and youth with disabilities,
teenage pregnancy or teenage health related issues.
Dr. Ruby M. Gourdine has worked has a clinician, administrator, consultant and researcher in the areas of juvenile justice, foster care and adoption( child welfare), medical social work, school social work, and most recently in social work history. Her publications include refereed journal articles and book chapters on topics such as child welfare, teenage pregnancy, transracial adoption, females and violence, school social work, and disability content in social work curricula. These are areas in which she has both practice and academic experience. Since her tenure at Howard she has been principal investigator or co- principal investigator on research grants examining school social work in collaboration with the school of education, welfare reform focusing on teen mothers/ child well-being; disproportionality in the child welfare system among children of color (focusing on African American children); older youth in child welfare; domestic and family violence. In her efforts to further understand youth she has recently embarked on research of hip hop/rap music and youth perceptions of the affect this music has on their lives. While Director of Field Education she secured several grants to enhance the quality of the field curriculum.
A former social worker of the year as designated by Metro Chapter of NASW (2000), she has assumed leadership in the area of children and disabilities as she has been a member and former chair (10 years) (as mayoral appointee) a commission on Infants and Toddlers with disabilities (District of Columbia). This commission is required by federal law and is responsible for oversight to the program that over sees services that are provided to children and their families. She has served on the Advisory Committee for Child and Family Services as well as other community based organizations. She served as a mayoral appointee to the commission on early childhood education (District of Columbia). She was honored by the National Association of Social Workers as a social work pioneer in 2010. Her community services also include participating on her churches public relations commission which has sponsored numerous community based forums which she took primary responsibility (i.e. impact of poverty, the Brown versus Board Education, and the voting rights act). These activities support her commitment to social justice and the Black Perspective.
Dr. Gourdine completed her doctorate degree at Howard University School of Social Work with specialization in Health Care and Child Welfare, her Masters of Social Work degree at Atlanta University School of Social Work is in macro social work practice (policy, planning, and community organization). Her Bachelor’s of Arts Degree was earned from Howard University in the areas of sociology and psychology. Dr. Gourdine earned a certificate in adoption and foster care specialization (with emphasis on special needs adoption) from the University of Michigan.
Algood, C. L., Hong, J. S., Gourdine, R. M., & Williams, A. B. (February, 2011). Maltreatment of Children with Developmental Disabilities: An Ecological Systems Analysis. Children Services Review 33, 1142-1148.
Gourdine, R. M., Lemmons, B. (2011) Misogyny hip hop and rap: What do the youth think. Journal of Human Behavior and the Social Environment. 21:57-72.
Brown, A. W., Gourdine, R.M. & Crewe, S.E. (March 2011). Inabel Burns Lindsay: Social Work Pioneer Contributor to Practice and Education through a Socio-cultural Perspective. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare. Journal of 38(1), 143-162.
Teasley, M. & Gourdine, R.M. & Canfield, J. (March 2010) Identifying perceived barriers and facilitators to culturally competent practice for school social workers. School Social Work Journal 34(2).
Gourdine, R. M., Crewe, S.E. & Brown, A. (2008). Building an institution second to none: Dr. Inabel B. Lindsay- a social work leader the academy. Journal of Human Behavior and the Social Environment, 18(3), 364-391.
Crewe, S.E., Brown, A. W. & Gourdine, R. M. (2008). Inabel Burns Lindsay: A social worker, educator and administrator in Pursuit of Social Justice for all. Alfilia, 23(4), 363-377.
Gourdine, R.M. (2007). I never looked back: the reflections of an African American social work educator. In H. Vakalahi, S. Starks & C. Hendricks (Eds.). Women of color. VA. Council on Social Work Education.