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Nancy Brown, PhD, MSW

Making Change Happen

The readjustment from active duty back into civilian life can be a challenge for military men, women, and their families. Dr. Nancy Brown believes that social work can equip communities to take an active role in helping military members and their families reintegrate successfully into community life.

South Carolina has a high number of reservists and National Guardsmen who return to rural communities. Professionals in these communities often lack critical understanding of military values and culture, and the signature injuries of Iraq and Afghanistan.  Dr. Brown believes that social workers trained in these issues can be at the forefront of helping other community partners engage successfully with military members and their families. To that end, she has connected with different organizations throughout the state that provide help and services to this critical population.  

With her experience as Director of the Graduate Certificate Program in Drug and Addiction Studies, Dr. Brown was the leader in developing military social work courses and has undertaken the design of a Graduate Certificate in Military Social Work, which is currently under development. Dr. Brown’s work encourages the training of practitioners around South Carolina—from local healthcare to community volunteers—so that communities can effectively support military members, veterans, and their families.

Research Background

Always grounded in practice, Dr. Brown’s research has focused primarily on women and addictions.  Using grounded theory, Dr. Brown’s work on high risk behavior in recovery for women addicted to crack cocaine resulted in a model of high risk behavior for women struggling to remain free of addiction.  Dr. Brown’s other focus has been on educational technology and improving the quality of online education at the College of Social Work.

Selected Presentations

  • Brown, N.K. (2012). McLeod Addictive Disease Center. Invited Speaker – Professional Training Series. Women and Addiction. April 20th.
  • Regan, J.A., Brown, N.K. CSWE Annual Program Meeting 2011: Curriculum and Administrative Workshop, Atlanta, Ga. Best Practice Strategies for Active Learning and Engagement in Online Teaching
  • Regan, J.A., Brown, N.K. CSWE Annual Program Meeting 2010: Curriculum and Administrative Workshop: Best Practice Strategies for Teaching Online. Portland, OR.
  • Regan, J.A., Rhodes, R. & Brown, N.K. CSWE Annual Program Meeting 2009: Curriculum and Administrative Workshop: Technology in Social Work Education and Practice. San Antonio, TX. 
  • Brown, N.K. (2006). Roundtable Presentation: Domestic Violence Project for Recovering Women. Munich, Germany: IFSW Conference. August 2, 2006
  • Brown, N.K. (2006). Roundtable Presentation: Recovering parents’ perceptions of self-efficacy in substance abuse prevention. Chicago: CSWE Annual Program Meeting. March 19, 2006.
  • Rhodes, R. & Brown, N.K. (2004). Curriculum Workshop: Addiction Issues Across the Lifecycle. Anaheim, CA: CSWE Annual Program Meeting.

Research Projects

  • Always Coming Home – Cathy Brookshire. Qualitative analysis of female veterans’ experience.

 Selected Publications

  • Brown, N.K. (2010). Book review: Affilia. An-Pyng Sun. Helping Substance-Abusing Women of Vulnerable Populations: Effective Treatment Principles and Strategies. NY: Columbia University Press.
  • Brown, N.K. (2009). Substance abuse and adolescent pregnancy. In N. Farber, Adolescent Pregnancy: Policy and Prevention Services, Vol. 2. NY: Springer Publishing Company. 
  • Brown, N.K. (2008). Depression, as a co-occurring disorder. Encyclopedia of  Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery. Sage Publications
  • Brown, N.K. (2005). Women and Addiction. (J.M. Miller, Ed.) Encyclopedia of Criminal Justice
  • Schutt, J.E., Miller, J.M., Schreck, C. & Brown, N.K. (2004). The Lightning Strike: Reconsidering Common Myths of Child Abduction. Criminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal of Crime, Law and Society.

Awards and Honors

  • 2003Two Thumbs Up Award, Office of Student Disability Services
  • 2001Award for Achievement and Excellence in Teaching – College of Social Work, University of South Carolina
Contact Information
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  • Phone: 803.622.2573
Major Classes Taught
  • SOWK 723 Advanced Practice with Individuals
  • SOWK 725 Advanced Practice with Families
  • SOWK 758 Dynamics of Substance Abuse
  • SOWK 738 Military Mental Health and the Impact of Trauma
Community Partners
  • South Carolina Behavioral HealthAlliance
  • Always Coming Home: The American Female Veteran Experience Archive

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