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Vanessa G Hodges

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Professor, Department of Social Work
(919) 530-6287
(919) 530-7924
201 J Miller-Morgan Building


1. Teaching Graduate and Undergraduate Social Work Students

2. Service to the University, Local, National and International Community

3. Research and Scholarship


Vanessa Hodges teaches and researches "best practice" in social work. Having served as an agency social worker, university professor, and intervention researcher, she enjoys helping students and social work practitioners understand the importance of focusing on "strengths and assets" to best serve individuals and families in crisis. Her research interests involve discovering and identifying best practice for parenting children at risk and developing interventions that enhance the quality of life of people living with chronic illness.

Dr. Hodges has taught graduate and undergraduate students for over 20 years and believes that the learning she gains from her students greatly enhances her knowledge base and her ability to inspire others.

Research Interests

Living with Chronic Illness
Using Strengths and Resources in Assessment and Treatment
Family Preservation
Home-based Social Work Practice
Social Work Practice Evaluation
Intervention Research
Cognitive Behavioral Interventions
Evidence Based Practice with Families of Color


PhD University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 1985
MSW University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 1979
BS Morgan State University 1978


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