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Blenda R Crayton

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Chair, Department of Social Work and BSW Program Director
(919) 530-7329
(919) 530-7924
202B Miller-Morgan Building


Chair, Department of Social Work
BSW Program Director

Spring 2015: SOCW 4300 Applied Research MW 4:00-5:15 PM
SOCW 3700 Human Diversity W 6:00-8:30 PM
SOCW 5513 Master's Research Project

Fall 2014: SOCW 4400 Evaluative Methods in Social Work Practice MWF 11:00-11:50 AM
SOCW 4410 Sr. Seminar in Social Work M 4:00-6:30 PM

Spring 2014: SOCW 4300 Applied Research MWF 11:00-11:50 AM
SOCW 5201 Research Methods S 9:30-11:30 AM


Dr. Blenda Renece Crayton is an assistant professor and Chair of the Department of Social Work and BSW Program Director at North Carolina Central University (NCCU). She received her doctoral degree from Yeshiva University's Wurzweiler School of Social Work in New York, the Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and her Bachelor of Arts from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Prior to entering academia, Blenda worked primarily in administration in several social services settings. She was the director of social services for the Township of Teaneck, New Jersey before joining the faculty in the Department of Social Work at NCCU in 2005. She also served as the outpatient director of a community mental health center in Englewood, New Jersey; and as the inpatient and emergency room psychiatric social worker at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in Englewood, NJ. In addition, Blenda worked with the older adult population as a quality assurance social work consultant for a nursing home chain; where her work focused on program monitoring of the social services departments of numerous nursing facilities located in the eastern part of the country. It was her work as a consultant that she has carried to academia; specifically in her teaching. At NCCU, Blenda teaches, statistics, program evaluation, and human diversity in the undergraduate program; and research in both the graduate undergraduate programs. Research areas of interests include: higher education, specifically student learning styles, quality of life of African Americans, program evaluation, student professionalism, and diversity.

Research Interests

Educational experiences of African American college students, quality of life issues of African American families, community engagement, and higher education.


PhD Yeshiva University 2005
MSW Howard University 1995
BA Bowling Green State University 1983


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Selected Publications

1. Carlton-LaNey, I. B., & Crayton, B. R. (2014). African American marriage and caregiving through the life span. In T. Bent-Goodley (Ed.). By grace: The challenges, strengths, and promise of African American marriages., 81-97.
2. Jackson, G. C., & Williams, L. D., & Burton, J. , & Crayton, B. R. (2014). Deconstructing the challenges of teaching social work students with diverse learning styles.. Delta Journal of Education, 4, 25-37.
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