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Lorraine M Graves

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Assistant Professor
(919) 530-6025
(919) 530-7924
201H Miller-Morgan Building


BSW/MSW Teaching & Advising

SOCW 4300 Applied Research in Social Work
SOCW 4400 Evaluative Methods
SOCW 5305 Evaluation in Social Work Practice
SOCW 5201 Research Methods
SOCW 5513 Master Research Project


Dr. Lorraine Graves is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at North Carolina Central University (NCCU). She received her doctoral (PhD) degree from Walden University, Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, and her Bachelors of Art (BA) degree from Boston College School of Education.

Dr. Graves joined the faculty at NCCU in 2008. She currently teaches full-time in the MSW and BSW program. Prior to her current position within the Department of Social Work, she served for six years as the Director of Field Education for the MSW and BSW program. She has taught courses across the social work curriculum, such as, Interventive Methods I & II, Human Behavior and the Social Environment I & II, Social Work as a Profession, Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families, and Foundation of Social Welfare and Social Policy II. Her primary teaching areas are research methods and evaluation in social work.

Prior to coming to NCCU, Dr. Graves taught for one year at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Massachusetts, as Assistant Professor/Field Education Coordinator. Her practice experience includes working with children and families in multiple settings, such as, child welfare, Head Start, school base mental health, and community base mental health.

Dr. Graves research interests are mental health disparities (access, utilization, and quality of care), faith-based interventions, integrative health, spirituality and social work, and experiential learning. She serves on a number of departmental and university committees, in addition to, committees within the Durham community.

Dr. Graves is committed to helping students develop into competent, ethical, and professional social workers. She is also dedicated to establishing partnerships with community based organizations that will enhance services to low-income children and families.

Research Interests

Faith-Based Community Interventions; Mental Health Disparities; Spirituality and Social Work; Social Work Practice and Education.


PhD Walden University 2014
MSW Boston College 2002
BA Boston College 2000


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