Vanessa Robinson-Dooley

Associate Professor
  • School of Social Work


  • PhD, University of Georgia School of Social Work, GA
  • MSW, University of Georgia School of Social Work, GA
  • MPA, Drake University, IA
  • BA, Spelman College, GA


  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) (GA)
  • Certified Grief Counseling Specialist (CGCS)
  • Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP)

About Me

Dr. Robinson-Dooley is an Associate Professor at Simmons University's School of Social Work. As a Social Worker and licensed clinician, she has experience treating adolescents, adults, the aging, and couples in general practice. She has a range of experiences that include private practice psychotherapy, community health, nonprofit administration, youth development, and intimate partner violence intervention. She has provided training on issues that include mental health, family violence, child maltreatment, cultural competence, parenting skills, and self-management of chronic disease. She has been invited to speak locally and nationally about her work on intercultural competence, clinical treatment, and managing chronic disease and mental health. She has published in several journal articles and books.

Research/Special Projects

Dr. Robinson-Dooley's research focuses on coping and self-management strategies for those dealing with chronic disease and behavioral health She is currently the Co-PI on a National Institute of Health (NIH), working on developing a peer led, management curriculum for Black men dealing with chronic illness and behavioral health. She also an interest in intersection of youth sports and mental health.



Robinson-Dooley, V. (2021). Book Review: Introduction to Social Work: An Advocacy Based Profession. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work.

Robinson-Dooley, V. & Skott-Myhre, H. (2021). Double Erasure Under 21st Century Virtual Capitalism. Journal of Progressive Human Services

Robinson-Dooley, V., Dumont, K., & Riapos, J. A. (2018). Aging and Community Health: A University-Community Partnership. Educational Gerontology, 44(4), 220-225.

Collard, C., Robinson-Dooley, V. & Patrick, F. & Farabraugh, K. (2017). Efficacy of chronic disease self-management among low-income black males with behavioral health disorders: Pilot studyJournal of the Georgia Public Health Association.

Robinson-Dooley, V. & Nichols, Q. (2016). "Interprofessional Practice in Healthcare: Experiences of a Faculty Learning Community." Journal of Interprofessional Care. doi:

Robinson-Dooley, V. & Kirk, A. (2015). Study Abroad: Essentials in Recruitment and Interdisciplinary Practice. Journal of Global Initiatives, 10(2).

Nichols, Q. & Robinson-Dooley, V. (2015*). Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Student Interns: A Planning Project to Promote Learning. Health and Social Care Education.

Robinson-Dooley, V. & Wade-Berg, J. (2014). "Invisible Voices: Factors Associated with the Subjective Well-Being of Aging African American Men" Educational Gerontology. DOI: 10.1080/0301277.2014.919802.

Wade-Berg, J. & Robinson-Dooley, V. (2014). Perceptions of Collaboration and Service Integration as Strategic Alternatives to Fiscal Crisis: An Examination of Social Service Nonprofit Organizations in the Late 1990's. Journal of Public Management and Social Policy. 20, (2).

Lewinson, T. & Robinson-Dooley, V. (2012). Exploring "Home" Through Residents' Lenses: Assisted Living Facility Residents Identify Homelike Characteristics Using Photovoice. Journal of Gerontological Social Work.

Hopps, J.G., Lowe, T.B., & Robinson-Dooley, V. (2010). Social Work Profession. In E. Mullen (Ed.) Oxford Bibliographies Online Social Work. New York: Oxford University Press.

Robinson-Dooley, V. & Kropf, N. (2006). Second generation parenting: Custodial grandparents who receive TANF. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 4(3), 49-62.

Larrison, C.R., Nackerud, L., Lane-Crea, L., & Robinson-Dooley, V. (2005) The Relationship between the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 and innovative welfare practices on a local level. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 12 (2/3), 205-219.

Robinson-Dooley, V. (2003). Review of the book Home truths about domestic violence: Feminist influences. Affilia, 18, 96-97.

Book Chapters

Robinson-Dooley, V. & Knox-Betty, E. (2012). Women of Color and Human Trafficking: Hiding In Plain Sight. Chapter in Sex trafficking: A clinical guide for nurses. NY, NY: Springer.

deChesney Mary & Robinson-Dooley, V. (2011). Advocacy of role providers, Chapter 2 in Mary de Chesney and Barbara A. Anderson, Caring for the vulnerable: Perspectives in nursing theory, practice, and research. (3rd Ed.). Boston, MA: Jones & Bartlett.

Creative Works/Copyrighted Material

Wade-Berg, J. Robinson-Dooley, V. & Weisinger, J. (2013). Association Inclusion Index for ASAE Foundation. See:


Robinson-Dooley, V. (2020). "Sleep: A Useful Tool with Many Benefits" in Brookwood Living community magazine. Expert Contributor.

Robinson-Dooley, V. (2020). "Stress-Simple Suggestions for Managing the New Normal" in Brookwood Living community magazine. Community Corner.

Robinson-Dooley, V. (2013). "KSU Clinic Partnership Serves Community and Students" in Insight into Diversity. St. Louis, MO: Potomac Publishing, Inc. Volume 81, Number 1, 2 (p. 30).


  • Governor's Teaching Fellowship Program (2018), Institute of Higher Education, The University of Georgia
  • Faculty Fellow, WellStar College of Health and Human Services (2015-2016), Office of the Dean (KSU), Kennesaw, GA
  • Teacher of the Year (Undergraduate Program), 2012, Department of Social Work & Human Services (KSU), Kennesaw, GA
  • Teacher of the Year (Masters Program), 2011, Department of Social Work & Human Services (KSU), Kennesaw, GA
  • Teacher of the Year (Full-time, Part-time, Advanced Standing Programs) and Doctoral Student of the Year, 2005, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
  • Teaching Portfolio Recognition Program, 2004, Office of Instructional Development, University of Georgia, Athens, GA