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Kendra DeLoach, PhD

Dr. Kendra DeLoach graduated from USC with an MSW in 2002 and a PhD in social work in 2010. She says that her education and work experience equipped her with the research and practice knowledge she needed to collaborate on diverse research projects with colleagues from psychology, social work, and nursing. Her background also prepared her to teach undergraduate and graduate-level social work courses and to serve on boards and advisory panels to a few organizations in the community. 

“My education allowed me to serve as team leader of an interdisciplinary research team on a 5-year, federally funded, large-scale randomized control trial study,” DeLoach said about her work for the Center for Adolescent Research in Schools (CARS) project. This project included district and high school level administrators, general and special education teachers, school psychologists, school social workers, and school counselors. Together they worked to improve the social, emotional, or behavioral functioning of high school youth and their families.

The experience enhanced her skills in managing an interdisciplinary research team, developing procedural tools, conducting mental health and academic assessments, and working with school personnel to implement evidence-based interventions. “All these skills will help me conduct clinical-based research and programs that improve the lives of youth with social, emotional, and behavioral problems and their families,” she said.

Currently, DeLoach is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Syracuse University’s Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics.

 

Research Interests 

School mental health, mental health disparities among women of color, family development and functioning, and the intersectionality of race, class, and sex

 

Dissertation Title

Marital Attitudes of Never Married Black Women

 

Publications

DeLoach, K.P., Dvorsky, M., Miller, E., Paget, M. (in-press). Mental health issues and students with emotional and behavioral disorders advances in special education (Vol 22), Behavioral Disorders: Current Perspectives and Issues.

DeLoach, K. P., Taylor, L. K. (in press). Positive behavior support, system of care. In C. R. Reynolds, K. J. Vannest, & E. Fletcher-Janzen (Eds.), Encyclopedia of special education: A reference for the education of children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities and other exceptional individuals (4th ed.) Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley.

DeLoach, K.P., Dvorsky, M., White, R. (in-press). Culturally competent practice with African American youth and families in school mental health services. Handbook of culturally responsive practice.

George, Melissa R. W. & DeLoach, Kendra P.  (in-press). Behavioral health: Pre-K and elementary students (Sage Publications)

Pitner, R., Scott, L., & DeLoach, K. P. (2012). When deficits are misplaced: A comparison between African-American and White college students on qualitative and structural dimensions of interpersonal relationships. Journal of African American Studies, 16 (3), 511-536. DOI: 10.1007/s12111-011-9177-y

Taylor, L., DeLoach, K. P., Weist, M. (2012). Applying the Interactive Systems Framework to post-disaster context: A blueprint for school mental health, Journal of Community Psychology. 

DeLoach, K. P., Dvorsky, M., Miller, E., George, M., Weist, M.D., & Kern, L. (2012) Launching a large-scale research study in schools. NASP Communiqué 

Fram, M., Frongillo, E. A., Jones, S. J., Williams, R. C., Burke, M. P., DeLoach, K. P., & Blake, C. E. (2011). Children are aware of food insecurity and take responsibility for managing food resources. Journal of Nutrition, 141(6), 1114-1119. doi:10.3945/jn.110.135988

DeLoach, K. P. (2006). African American women, mental health, and HIV/AIDS: The affects on the African American family. In S. Logan, R. W. Denby, & P. Gibson, (Eds.), Mental health care in the African American community: A life course perspective (pp. 321-337). Haworth Press: Binghamton, AL.

 

Professional Presentations

DeLoach, K. P. & Watkins, K. Y. (October, 2011). Intentional families: Never married Black women’s attitudes towards marriage, identity, and childbearing. Council on Social Work Education, 57th Annual Program Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

Metzger, Isha W & DeLoach, Kendra P. (February, 2011). Cultural Sensitivity for Triple P. National Black Graduate Student Conference Doctoral Level poster competition abstract, Columbia, SC.

DeLoach, K. P. (2010, November). Center for Adolescent Research in Schools (CARS): Project Overview. University of South Carolina College of Social Work Brown Bag Series, Columbia, SC.

DeLoach, K. P. (2010, October). Wedding bell blues? Marital attitudes and messages received on Black women’s mental health. Poster presented at the Carolina Women’s Research Forum, Columbia, SC.

DeLoach, K. P. (2010, October). Wedding bell blues? The role of social workers in promoting mental wellness among never married Black women. Paper presented at the South Carolina – National Association of Social Workers, Chapter Meeting, Columbia, SC.

DeLoach, K. P. (2010, October). Wedding bell blues? Marital attitudes and messages received on Black women’s mental health. Paper presented at the Council on Social Work Education, Annual Program Meeting, Portland, OR.

DeLoach, K. P. & Hinojosa, R. J. (2008, April). Hijacking of race, class, and gender in the environment. Paper presented at the I. DeQuincey Newman Institute for Peace and Social Justice, Social Justice Day, Columbia, SC.

DeLoach, K. P. (2007, April). New York City AIDS experiments on Black children foster care. Paper presented at the I. DeQuincey Newman Institute for Peace and Social Justice, Social Justice Day, Columbia, SC.

DeLoach, K. P., Bradley, D., Fram, M., & Miller-Cribb, J. (2007, January). Building social capital: Diversity and relationship in social work education. Paper presented at the Society for Social Work Research Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA. 

DeLoach, K. P., & Montgomery, R. (2006, April). Corridor of shame: Is there a role for social workers. Poster presented at the I. DeQuincey Newman Institute for Peace and Social Justice, Social Justice Day, Columbia, SC.

DeLoach, K. P. (2005, April). Defining and reclaiming feminism: A practical approach for promoting social justice in the lives of everyone. Poster presented at the I. DeQuincey Newman Institute for Peace and Social Justice, Social Justice Day, Columbia, SC.

DeLoach, K. P. (2003, April). The interplay of child protective services and medical social work. Poster presented at Carolinas Medical Center Medical Professional Seminar, Charlotte, NC.

 

 

Academic Service

2010Conference volunteer, Society for Social Work Research

2005 – 2010Member, University of South Carolina, College of Social Work,

Undergraduate Committee

2005 & 2006 APM Volunteer, Council on Social Work Education

 

Community Service

2010 – 2013Faculty Affiliate, Women’s and Gender Studies Program

2010 – presentWomen’s Mentor Network, University of South Carolina

2009 – 2011Board of Directors for South Carolina Fair Share, Columbia, SC - Chairperson, Strategic Planning and Programming Committee

2007 – 2010Consultant, Palmetto Umoja

 

Professional Organizations

2011 – presentMember, Center for School Mental Health

2011 – presentMember, American Orthopsychiatric Association

2010 – presentMember, Phi Alpha – Social Work Honorary Society

2007, 2011Member, Society for Social Work Research (SSWR)

2006, 2011, 2012Member, Council of Social Work Education (CSWE)

2005 – present Member, National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

2005 – presentMember, S.C. Chapter of National Association of Social Workers

2005 – 2010Member, Black Graduate Student Association

2004 – 2010Member, Graduate Student Association

1996 – presentMember, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

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