Vanessa Robinson-Dooley

Professor

Education

  • 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

License/Certifications

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

About Me

Dr. Robinson-Dooley is a 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.

Publications/Presentations

Articles

Wade-Berg, J., Robinson-Dooley, V., Collard, C. & Kennett, N. (2023). Reflections on the Climb to Promotion and Well-Being: Confronting the Discipline, the Department and Drama. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping.

Watson, J., Delavega, E. & Robinson-Dooley, V. (2022). Justice-Involved Individuals and Admission into Urban Undergraduate Social Work Programs. Journal of Urban Social Work.

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. https://doi.org/10.1080/03601277.2018.1441672

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 study. Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association. http://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/621791

Robinson-Dooley, V. & Nichols, Q. (2016). "Interprofessional Practice in Healthcare: Experiences of a Faculty Learning Community." Journal of Interprofessional Care. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/13561820.2016.1150259

Robinson-Dooley, V. & Kirk, A. (2015). Study Abroad: Essentials in Recruitment and Interdisciplinary Practice. Journal of Global Initiatives, 10(2). https://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/jgi/vol10/iss1/7

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.

Books

Dyson, Y., Robinson-Dooley, V., & Watson, J.(June 2022). Black Men's Health: A Strengths-Based Approach Through a Social Justice Lens for Helping Professions. Springer Publishing.

Book Chapters

Robinson-Dooley, V. & Matthews, E. (2022). Chapter 4. Mezzo-Level Client Systems: Working in Groups. In B. Cross-Denny (Ed.) Integrated Social Work Practice: Bridging Micro, Mezzo, and Macro Level Practice (pp. xx-xx). Congella.

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: http://www.asaecenter.org/aboutus/content.cfm?itemnumber=266753

Magazines

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).

Presentations

Sterling, E., Robinson-Dooley, V., Collard, C. & Colette, T. (November 2022). Healthy Together: Opportunities and Challenges to Self-Managing Multiple Chronic Conditions Among Low-Income African American Men. Oral Presentation. American Public Health Associate (APHA) Annual Meeting & Expo, Boston, MA (November 6-9).

Robinson-Dooley, V., Sterling, E., Collard, C. & Colette, T. (2022). “Healthy Together” a Self-Management Program for Black Men with Chronic Illness: An Update. Poster Presentation. Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Annual Program Meeting (APM), Anaheim, CA (November 10–13, 2022).

Kennett, N. & Robinson-Dooley, V. (2022). A Study of Factors that Influence Cultural Competence in Field Education for MSW Students. Poster Presentation. Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Annual Program Meeting (APM), Anaheim, CA (November 10–13, 2022).

Collette, T.L., Sterling, E., Robinson-Dooley, V., Collard, C.(2022) Examining Relationships Between COVID-19 and Chronic Health Among African-American Men. Presented at the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Conference, San Juan, PR (June 24-26).

Robinson, M., Robinson, M. & Robinson-Dooley, V. (2022). Doing TIME in Athens: A Photovoice Journey with Adolescents in Search of Social Change and the Unintended Benefit of Positive Mental Health Outcomes. Twenty-Second International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations, University of Curacao, Willemstad, Curacao (2-4 June 2022).

Robinson-Dooley, V. (2021). Teaching and Classroom Management. Invited Panelist. Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) 50th Anniversary Conference, Atlanta, Ga.

Robinson-Dooley, V. (2021). Building Cultural Competence, Resiliency and Navigating Stereotypes: Lessons from Underrepresented Instructors. Invited Panelist. Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) 50th Anniversary Conference, Atlanta, Ga.

Robinson-Dooley, V. & Collard, C., Sterling, E. (2021). “Healthy Together”: Creating a Self-Management Program for Black Men with Chronic Illness. Oral Presentation, Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Annual Program Meeting (APM), Orlando, FL.

Robinson-Dooley, V. & Collard, C. (2021). Healthy Together: Self-Management and Support for Low-Income African American Men with Multiple Chronic Conditions. Research Day 2021 (KSU): Celebrating Research and Scholarship in the Wellstar College of Health and Human Services, April 23, 2021.

Robinson-Dooley, V. & Kennett, N. (2020*). Global Education and Indicators for Cultural Competence: A Dominican Republic Experience. Paper Presentation, 2020 BPD Annual Conference-Beyond 2020, Birmingham, AL. (national, peer reviewed)(*canceled due to COVID)

Kennett, N. & Robinson-Dooley, V. (2019). Culturally Informed Practice: Preparing Students for SW Practice with Culturally Diverse Populations. Workshop, 2020 BPD Annual Conference-Beyond 2020, Birmingham, AL. (national, peer reviewed)(*canceled due to COVID)

Dyson, Y., Robinson-Dooley, V., Watson, J. (2019). Prioritizing Black Men's Health in Social Work Education and Practice. Paper Presentation, Council on Social Work Education-Annual Program Meeting (CSWE) (2019 APM), Denver, CO (national, peer reviewed).

Wade-Berg, J. & Robinson-Dooley, V. (2019). Building Intercultural Competency: Integrating Nonprofit Management and Expanding Worldview. Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Management Institute (AMI) Conference, Orlando, FL. (national, peer reviewed).

Collard, C., Robinson-Dooley, V., Patrick, F. & Farabaugh, K. (2017). Efficacy of chronic disease self-management among low-income black males with behavioral health disorders: Pilot study. Georgia Public Health Conference, Atlanta, Ga.

Terrell, B., Robinson-Dooley, V., Gubbard, W.J., McPherson, J., Kelly, M. (October 2015). Intersectionality: Clinical Implications of Cultural Competence from a Multicultural Perspective. Paper Presentation, Council on Social Work Education-Annual Program Meeting (CSWE) (2015 APM), Denver, CO (national, peer reviewed).

Wade-Berg, J. & Robinson-Dooley, V. (2014). Developing New Management Strategies for Assessing Organizational Diversity and Inclusion Practices: Introducing ASAE's Association Inclusion Index. ARNOVA's 2014 Conference in Denver, CO. (national, peer reviewed)

Robinson-Dooley, V., Nichols, Q., Chambers, C., Lee, J., Means, H., Munoz, B. & Njungwe, E. (2013). Interdisciplinary Teaching and Practice at a Community Health Clinic. Roundtable, 30th Annual BPD Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC (national, peer reviewed).

Lee, J., Chamber, D., Robinson-Dooley, V. & Nichols, Q. (2013). Interprofessional Teaching to Enhance Student Learning. Paper presentation, GANE (Georgia Association for Nursing Education, Inc.) Conference, Peachtree City, GA (local, peer reviewed).

Robinson-Dooley, V. (2012). Aging and Community Health: An Exploratory Review of the Aging Populations Utilization of a Community Health Clinic. Paper presentation, 10th Annual Suburban Studies Conference: Social Problems and Solutions, Kennesaw, GA (local, peer reviewed).

Robinson-Dooley, V. (2012). A Pre- and Posttest Review of College Students' Attitudes about Cultural Diversity. Paper Presentation, 2012 Society for Cross-Cultural Research (SCCR), Las Vegas, NV (national, peer reviewed).

Wade-Berg, J., Robinson-Dooley, V. & Hicks-Coolick, A. (2012). Teaching Cultural Competency in Nonprofit Management Education. Paper Presentation, 19th Georgia Conference on College and University Teaching, Kennesaw, GA (local, peer reviewed).

Lewinson, T., Robinson-Dooley, V. (2012). Exploring “Home” At An Assisted Living Facility: Looking Through Residents' Lenses with Photovoice, Paper Presentation, Symposium: Innovative Methods In Community Based Research: Using Photovoice to Make a Difference In the Lives of Residents, 2012 Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), Washington, D.C. (national, peer reviewed).

Lewinson, T., Robinson-Dooley, V. (2011). Exploring "Home" at an Assisted Living Facility with Photovoice: Looking through Residents' Lenses, Symposium: Overcoming Methodological Challenges Using Qualitative Methods with Minority Older Adults, Paper Presentation, The Gerontological Society of America's 64th Annual Scientific Meeting, Boston, MA (national, peer reviewed).

Wade-Berg, J., Rodriguez, A., Hicks-Coolick, A., Robinson-Dooley, V., Watson, M. & Merson, K. (2011). Developing Cultural Competency in Nonprofit Management Education. Panel Presentation, 2011 ARNOVA Annual Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (international, peer reviewed)

Lewinson, T., Robinson-Dooley, V. (2011). Overcoming Qualitative Methods Challenges with Minority Older Adults: SW Research Education Implications, Panel Presentation, Council on Social Work Education-Annual Program Meeting (CSWE) (2011 APM), Atlanta, Georgia (national, peer reviewed).

Robinson-Dooley, V. (2011). A Pre-and Posttest Review of College Students' Attitudes about Cultural Diversity, Poster Presentation, 18th Georgia Conference on College & University Learning, Kennesaw, GA (local, grant funded).

Robinson-Dooley, V. & Glass, A. (2010). An Exploratory Study of Cultural Competence Based on Attitudes Among College Students, Poster Presentation, Council on Social Work Education-Annual Program Meeting (APM), Portland, Oregon (national, peer reviewed).

Robinson-Dooley, V. & Blount-Clark, J. (2009). Strength-Based Case Management as a Bridge Builder, 2009 Shelter Plus Care Workshop, Savannah, Georgia (regional, invited).

Robinson-Dooley, V. & Blount-Clark, J. (2007). Standing in the gap: Case management as a bridge builder, Invited Speaker, Georgia Coalition to End Homelessness (GECH) Annual Conference, Savannah, Georgia (regional, invited).

Robinson-Dooley, V. (2007). Utilizing strengths-based social work in working with domestic violence survivors, Invited Speaker, Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (GCADV) Training Conference, Savannah, Georgia (regional, invited).

Robinson-Dooley, V. (2006) Strengths based social Work principles: From theory to practice, Invited Speaker: Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (GCADV) Training Conference, Forsyth, Georgia (regional, invited).

Robinson-Dooley, V. (2005). Status of African American elderly men: Life satisfaction and other factors, Paper Presentation, 3rd Annual National Gerontological Social Work Conference, New York City, New York (national, peer reviewed).

Robinson-Dooley, V. (2004). Policy and research initiatives that enhance service outcomes and community empowerment, Moderator, 6th Annual African-American Families Conference, Athens, Georgia.

Robinson-Dooley, V. (2004) Working with African American survivors of domestic violence, Invited Lecturer, Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence Advocacy Training Conference, Atlanta, Georgia (regional, invited).

Robinson-Dooley, V. (2003). A psycho-educational group intervention for frail custodial grandparents, Symposium Presenter, The 14th Annual Southeastern Regional Student Convention in Gerontology and Geriatrics, Tybee Island, Georgia (regional, peer reviewed).

Robinson-Dooley. V. (2003). Second generation parenting and TANF, Poster Presentation, 2nd Annual National Gerontological Social Work Conference, Atlanta, Georgia (national, peer reviewed).

DeWeaver, K. & Robinson-Dooley, V. (2002). Considering a Ph.D.? A workshop and dialogue on doctoral education in social work, Workshop Presenter, National Association of Social Workers-GA 14th Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

Robinson-Dooley, V. (2002). Women's health issues roundtable, Moderator, 5th Annual African-American Families Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

Robinson-Dooley, V. (2000). Breaking through the barrier of predominantly White institutions: Moving beyond racism, Invited Panelist, National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW), Charlotte, North Carolina.

Awards

  • 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