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Nicholas Forge

Clinical Assistant Professor    


Dr. Nicholas Forge is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. Prior to joining Georgia State University he was on faculty in the Social Work Program at Mercy College, New York. His research interests include homelessness among LGBTQ youth and young adults, HIV/AIDS, and service provision and evaluation. He has presented at national conferences on the subject of LGBT youth services, sexual risk and testing behaviors, and social work and HIV/AIDS, is co-author of a book chapter on cultural competence and HIV/AIDS, and has authored several reports for non-profit organizations.

Nicholas has provided social work services, and was a member of the board of directors, at a transitional living shelter for homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer identified youth and young adults in New York City. He has also provided counseling services for homeless youth at a drop-in service provider, and has trained HIV/AIDS case managers employed by the City of New York. He was a member of the National Association of Social Workers, NYC chapter, LGBT Steering Committee. Nicholas has bachelors and masters degrees in Sociology from Florida Atlantic University and a MSW from Georgia State University. He holds a PhD in Social Work from The Graduate School of Social Service at Fordham University in New York, and was recipient of the Langenfeld Award for outstanding doctoral dissertation.

Some of Dr. Forge’s recent work includes:

Davis, S. K., Forge, N., Adams, M. A., & Rothenberg, R. (2014). Obstacles and options to faith-based HIV service delivery to low-income inner city residents: Perspectives of black clergy with commuter congregations. Journal of Black Studies, 45(8), 731-751. doi:10.1177/0021934714555184
Ream, G.L., & Forge, N., (2014). Homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth in New York City: Insights from the field. Child Welfare, 93(2), 7-22.
Seelman, K. L., Forge, N., Walls, N. E., & Bridges, N. (2015). School engagement among LGBTQ high school students: The roles of safe adults and Gay-Straight Alliance characteristics. Children & Youth Services Review. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2015.07.021
Forge, N. & Lotz, K. V. (2015, March). Trinity Place Shelter: A transitional-living program for homeless LGBT youth in New York City. (Poster Presentation). National Youth at Risk conference, Savannah, GA. 
Watkins, K. Y., Forge, N., & Lewinson, T. (2014, October). Using Team-Based Learning and ePortfolios: Preparing students for collaborative interdisciplinary work. Paper presented at the 60th Annual Program Meeting of Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Tampa, FL.
Research Projects
2015 –Present Atlanta Youth Count and Needs Assessment 2015,
Investigator and Clinical Field Director
(Eric R. Wright, Principal Investigator), Funders:  Georgia State University, Street Grace, and Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, January-November 2015.
            Collaborated with a scientific team of 13 faculty from GSU, Emory and Morehouse School of Medicine in the design of the study protocol, worked closely with the PI in implementing the protocol and assisted in conducting interviews with youth, and provided clinical support and consultation to the field research team throughout the field period.           
2014-Present  Team Based Learning among Social Work Students, GSU
I               Investigating the experience of undergraduate social work students who have engaged in a group learning experience (Collaborative Empowerment Team) at GSU. With Dr. K. Watkins and Dr. T. Lewinson.