Ruby M. Gourdine and Annie W. Brown

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Ruby Gourdine (left), professor, completed her bachelor’s and doctorate degrees at Howard University. Her Masters of Social Work degree was earned from Atlanta University School of Social Work. She began her career at Howard University School of Social Work in 1992. Her professional experience includes working as a clinician, administrator, consultant and her research (serving as principal /co- principal investigator on a number of grants) and publications are in the areas of juvenile justice, foster care and adoption (child welfare), medical social work, school social work, and most recently in social work history. She is a former social worker of the year as designated by Metro Chapter of NASW in (2000), and was named a social work pioneer by NASW in 2010. She currently chairs the Direct Practice sequence.

Annie W. Brown (right), is an associate professor, retired from Howard University School of Social Work having joined the faculty in 1993. She earned her B.A. Dillard University, New Orleans, LA; her MSW from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University, St. Louis, MO; and her DSW from Howard University School of Social Work. She served as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, and chair of the Direct Practice Sequence. Her research and publications are in the areas of mental health and adolescents, females and violence, child welfare, social welfare history, and international social work. Dr. Brown was principal investigator for several child welfare/ Title IV-E grants and training grants on domestic violence. As a practitioner worked in the area of adolescent mental health and served for several years as clinical director of a psycho-education program for emotionally and behaviorally disturbed adolescents.


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