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Karen Roberson


Dr. Karen Roberson joins Georgia State University Fall 2017 as a Lecturer. Her educational and professional experiences are well grounded in the field of social work. Dr. Roberson earned the Master of Social Work degree from The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Ph.D.  in social work from Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi.

She has many years of direct practice experience which includes working with families, children, elderly and vulnerable populations for over 12 years with the Alabama Department of Human Resources and other social service agencies. Dr. Roberson also brings several years of supervisory and administrative experience with state government. She retired from the state of Alabama (Alabama State University) in December 2016 with 25 years of combined state service.

Dr. Roberson has served as the Director of Field Education for both BSW and MSW programs and brings over eleven years of teaching experience at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Courses taught covers the expanse of the BSW & MSW curriculum, which included Introduction to Social Work, Social Welfare Policy I and II, Human Behavior and the Social Environment I, Child Welfare, Social Work with Families, Social Work in the Health Setting, Social Work with the Aged, Field Education, and Field Education Seminar I and II,  Group Dynamics, Policy Leadership and Administration in Mental Health, Policy Leadership and Administration in Forensics Social Work, and The foundations of social work practice.

Dr. Roberson’s field education experience, combination of teaching experience, social work practice, administrative experience and knowledge of the Council on Social Work Educational Policy and Accreditation standard (EPAS) makes her an excellent fit for the position of lecturer at GSU.