Department of Social Work and Human Services

Dr. Vanessa Robinson-Dooley, MPA, Ph.D., LCSW

Dr. Vanessa Robinson-Dooley, MPA, LCSW is an Assistant Professor of Social Work in the Department of Social Work and Human Services at Kennesaw State University.  Dr. Vanessa Robinson-Dooley received her BA in Political Science from Spelman College.  She also holds a Masters degree in Public Administration (MPA) from Drake University.  Dr. Robinson-Dooley also received her MSW and Ph.D. in Social Work from The University of Georgia.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social Work in the state of Georgia. 


Her direct practice experience includes individual and family therapy, group work, and assessments.  Dr. Robinson-Dooley has also worked in the area of domestic violence, overseeing programs that included batterer's intervention, shelters for women and children, and education/training services.  She is also the founding Executive Director of the Agape Community Center, a community development organization dedicated to the provision of programs (youth, adult, and aging) and social services to target communities in Atlanta. She has presented at state and national conferences on the areas of direct practice, cultural competence, aging and social work education.


Dr. Robinson-Dooley’s research interests include interdisciplinary practice and pedagogy to improve service delivery in healthcare, nonprofit, and social service settings; promoting cultural competency in education and practice; factors surrounding chronic diseases and mental health.  Dr. Robinson-Dooley teaches in both the MSW and Human Services degree programs.  Her MSW courses include Family Therapy and Advanced Clinical Practice: Working with Groups.  Her undergraduate courses include Aging & the Family, Cultural Competence, and Research Methods.



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