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Tricia Bent-Goodley

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Tricia Bent-Goodley

Professor & Director
School of Social Work

Tricia B. Bent-Goodley is Professor of Social Work and Director of the Doctoral Program at Howard University  School of Social Work. Dr. 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. Dr. Bent-Goodley’s research has focused on areas such as violence against women and girls, HIV prevention, and healthy relationship education. She has developed community and faith-based interventions in domestic violence and relationship education with a focus on strengthening the Black family. Dr. Bent-Goodley has a passion for building solutions to improve the safety and viability of families with a particular focus on the development of culturally competent interventions that build on the strengths of the community. She is the author/co-author of three books in the areas of domestic violence and social policy and has a forthcoming book on Black marriages and families.  She serves as a Consulting Editor for several scholarly journals, and distinctly in a number of local, state, and national elected and appointed leadership positions. For example, she is a member of the Prince Georges County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team.  Dr. Bent-Goodley is a Former HIV Intervention Science Training Fellow and Harman Child & Family Scholar.  She is a National Board Member for the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community.  She was appointed by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) National President as Chair of the NASW Committee on Women’s Initiatives.  Dr. Bent-Goodley was elected as a National Board Member of the Council on Social Work Education.  She also serves as the National Chair of the National Association of Black Social Workers Academy for African Centered Social Work and is a member of the International Program Committee for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.  Prior to coming to Howard University, she served as an administrator and clinical practitioner in Harlem and Queens County, New York. Dr. Goodley received her Ph.D. in Social Policy, Planning and Analysis from Columbia University and her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.

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