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Aug 2008May 2013


Clark Atlanta University

Cognate in Public Health


Research interests—Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Systems and Consumers with Mental Health Conditions; Capacity-Building for Health/Mental Health Services; Impact of Cultural Health Beliefs and Practices on Health/Mental Health Disparities and Outcomes; Social Work and Public Health Practice with Populations; Best Practices in Field Education and Community Development.

Teaching Interests    

Human Behavior in the Social Environment

Cultural Diversity in Social Work Practice

Human Services Program Development & Evaluation

Introduction to social work practice

Social Welfare History and Policy

Behavioral Health Practice and Interventions

Social Entrepreneurship Enterprises in Human Services


Social Work Administration, Planning, Policy, Practice and Leadership in Behavioral Health practice.

Professional Presentations and Trainings Conducted

1/2007  Understanding the rudiments of supervision and teaching using an        Autonomous Social Work practice Model: Clark Atlanta University

  9/2007-Present-  Supervision in Field Instruction: Clark Atlanta University

11/2007-Present-  Field Supervisor as Teacher: Georgia State University

11/2007-Present-  Cultural Dynamics in Field Supervision: University of Georgia

  1/2008-Present-  Ethics in Field Supervision: Clark Atlanta University

  4/2009-  Dentifying Core Competencies in Field-Based Experiences, keynote Speaker -Morehouse School of Medicine-HBCU Center for Excellence

  3/2010 - Social Workers inspire community action, Keynote Speaker at Atlanta Public Schools Annual Social Work Month Awards and Luncheon

  3/2011-  From Cultural Competence to Cultural Proficiency: Understanding Latin American and African American Culture, Keynote Speaker Georgia National Association of School Social Workers.

  3/2011 -  Celebrating the Strengths and Successes of People of African Heritage:  African Cultural Retentions in Social Work Practice: Symposium at Clark Atlanta University

10/4/13 -  Cultural Competence in School Social Work, Keynote Speaker: School Social Workers Association of Georgia-District #4 Annual professional Meeting

2/22/14 - James Pate’s KKK series (Kin killing Kin), Round Table Guest Speaker: Clark Atlanta University Upward Bound Program.

10/23/14-  Ethics for Social Workers in school settings, Plenary Speaker: School Social Workers Association of Georgia-Annual professional Meeting, Atlanta, GA

2/26/15 - Internships and strategies that promote opportunities for careers in the Behavioral Health workforce: The National HBCU Center for Excellence Annual Behavioral Health Awareness Day conference, virtual Keynote Speaker. Morehouse School of Medicine. Atlanta, GA

Conference Presentations

Bullock, A., Calloway, N., Sweat, A., Turner, A., Wilson, T., & Wright, D. Teacher Pedagogical Behaviors among HBCUs and Predominantly white institutions: Effects on Student Learning and Retention. Paper presentation, Conference on College & University Teaching- Millennial Learning: Teaching in the 21st Century.  Joseph S. Koury Convention Center, Greensboro, NC

Calloway, N., Sweat, D., & Wright, D. Absent Fathers in Black America: Men speak up. Paper presentation, 10th Annual National Fathers and Families Conference Proceedings, Strengthening Fathers, Strengthening Families, Phoenix, AZ

Bullock, A., Turner, A, & Wright, D. Strengthening the academic pipeline from post graduate to professor at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Paper presentation, National Faculty Resource Network: Challenges and Opportunities Within the Institution.  Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA

 Sweat, D., & Wright, D. So you think you can teach… but what do students say?  Refereed paper presentation, 18th Annual Interdisciplinary Imhotep Student Research Conference. Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Tallahassee, FL

Wright, D. Voices from behind the shadows: Findings from a study which examined mental health consumers’ perceptions of access to and satisfaction with integrated behavioral healthcare services. Paper presentation: 25th Annual Management Conference: Management in the Age of Innovation. Simmons College, School of Social Work, Boston, MA

 Wright, D., & Bolden, E. Are we ready? Historically Black Colleges and Universities efforts at Internationalizing their campuses. Virtual Paper presentation: International Academy of Business/ International Educators Group. Washington, DC


International Conference Presentations

Wright, D.  Afrocentric Perspective in Social Work: An integrative lens. Paper Presentation, 11th Biennial Conference Of Caribbean & International Social Worker Educators. Curacao, Netherland Anilities, West Indies

Work experience

Jan 2006Present

Director of Field Education                   Assistant Professor

Clark Atlanta University

Managing field placement experiences and carrying out of policies and procedures mandated by the school of Social Work around Field Placement and Practicum Activities for over 200 students; which include, recruitment, selection and training of field agencies and agency field supervisors. Coordinating students’ placements plan and provide orientations for agency field supervisors and students each academic year; monitor and evaluate student field experiences in relation to program standards and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) standards.Develop, structure, coordinate and facilitate CEU programs for field; teach field seminar classes; respond to all field related correspondence.

Jan 2014Present

Contributing Faculty

Walden University:  Social Work Program: College of Social and  Behavioral Sciences. 

Responsible for teaching social work courses online via Black Board Learning Management System.  Additional duties include advising students and responding in a timely manner to all students educational needs via various technology.


Division Coordinator for Developmental Disabilities, Skilled Care & Geriatric Services

Central State Hospital

Developed effective comprehensive programs that included the philosophy and goals for persons served across the division.Provided oversight and supervision to social workers and Social Service Technicians through leadership and evaluation of programs to ensure compliance of psychosocial accreditation standards; Developed effective outcome based evaluation systems to measure a variety of consumer outcomes and movement toward a more independent living environment.

Thoroughly identified and documented objectives and priorities based upon identified consumers needs, departmental policies, accreditation requirements, budgetary considerations and agency mission;Developed plans to meet identified objectives and priorities in accordance with established procedures.Effectively communicated objectives to superiors and subordinates; promptly reviewed and updated goals and plans to reflect changes in identified policy needs, accreditation standards and communicated changes to staff in a timely manner.Effectively operationalzed directives and agreements from governing boards into functional program policies and procedures; participated in various standing and ad-hoc committees. Designed and facilitated staff trainings as needed to ensure continuity of consumer care across the division.

Social Service Provider: Central State Hospital, Milledgeville, GA


Provided a broad range of clinical social services to consumers and their families, which included completion of psychosocial assessments, treatment plans, team meetings, crisis intervention; liaison with community resources, and discharge planning.Additional duties included providing clinical supervision and direction to Para-professional social services staffand requests; prepare and revise student field manuals, policies, and procedures; and submit reports to the Dean as needed. Additional duties include, attending various University sub-committees.



Brooklyn Community Services
Responsibilities: Provided day-to-day administration of an employment training program designed to serveindividuals’ with mental health conditions, which included supervision of 5 employment case managers, while providing case management and counseling to a caseload of 10 consumers.Other duties included, coordinating vocational training and job placement of program participants; Outreach and recruitment to potential consumers and employers, including the coordination of all referrals, intakes and discharge planning for the program. Additional responsibilities included preparation and submission of monthly statistical outcome reports to the Office of Mental Health; Program planning, formulation and implementation of quality improvement plans to ensure program compliance and efficiency
Aug 2006Present

Director of Field Education

Clark Atlanta University



Master of Addiction Counseling

National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals

Certified True Colors Personal Success Facilitator

 True Colors International

True Colors™ certification in  personality temperament is a program designed to build capacity among participants, through personal success and dramatically improve their interpersonal relationships in these areas and beyond.

Jan 2014Sep 2016


Licensed Social Worker in Georgia (Lic# MSW004016
Licensed Social Worker


Online and Blended teaching and curriculum design

Proficient in designing blended course content and teaching blended courses on Learning Management Systems of Blackboard, and Canvas; Proficient in PowerPoint, Excel, Adobe Connect and Prezi, Google Hangout and other cloud based platforms