EDUCATION Ph.D. July 2010, University of Maryland, School of Social Work, Baltimore, Maryland
Dissertation: Sexual Risk Behavior among African American College Women: Understanding Socio-Cultural Influence in the Context of HIV/AIDS.
MSW 1998, Washington University, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, St. Louis, Missouri
BA 1993, Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia
TEACHING ACTIVITIES The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey September 2010 - Present
Assistant Professor of Social Work BSW Program Courses
Human Behavior in the Social Environment (SOWK 1103) Fall 2010
Theory and Methods in Social Work II (SOWK 3605) Spring 2011
Introduction to Sociology (undergraduate) Spring 2009, Fall 2009
SCHOLARSHIP ACTIVITIES Peer Reviewed Publications Alleyne, B., Coleman-Cowger, V. H.,Gibbons, M. A., Vines, L. N., & Crown, L. (2010).
The effects of dating violence, substance use, and risky sexual behavior among a diverse sample of Illinois youth. Journal of Adolescence. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.adolescence.2010.03.006.
Acquavita, S., Pittman, J., Gibbons, M.A. & Castellanos-Brown, K. (2009) Personal and
organizational diversity factors’ impact on social workers’ job satisfaction: Results from a national internet-based survey. Administration in Social Work 33(2), 151-166.
Butler, K. L. & Gibbons, M. A. (2006). Assessing sexual risk behaviors and the impact
of the HIV 101 seminar on students’ knowledge. International Perspectives on Education and Training, 1, 645 – 660.
Peer Reviewed Presentations Gibbons, M. A. (2011). Sexual Risk Behavior among African American College Women:
Understanding Sociocultural Influences. A Paper Presentation at the 57th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education. Atlanta, GA.
Acquavita, S., Gibbons, M. A., and Pecukonis, E. (2011). Student Perspectives on
Interprofessional Education: A Mixed-Method Study. A Paper Presentation at the 57th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education. Atlanta, GA.
Aparicio, E., Gibbons, M. A. , and Pecukonis, E. (2010). Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders:
An Innovative Mentoring Program for MSW and PhD Students. A Curriculum and Administrative Skills Workshop presented at the 56th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education. Portland, OR.
Gibbons, M.A., Doyle, O.Z., and Acquavita, S. (2009). Teaching a Research Practicum
in 16 Weeks: Curriculum Development and Teaching Strategies. A Curriculum and Administrative Workshop presented at the 55th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education. San Antonio, Texas
Gibbons, M. A. & Pittman, J. (2007). Using Internet Surveys in Social Work Research
and Education. A poster presentation at the 53rd Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
Gibbons, M. A. & Okundaye, J. (2007). Small Structured Group Work in the Classroom:
An Effective Approach in the Translation of Course Objectives. Presented at the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups 29th Annual International Symposium, Jersey City, NJ.
Gibbons, M.A. (2007). Keep Your Eyes on the Prize: Perseverance in Social Work
Graduate Programs for African American Women. Presented at the 29th Annual Graduate Research Conference, Baltimore, MD.
Hall, D., Tice, C., & Gibbons, M. A. (2006). Students Perspectives of Diversity Content
in the Social Work Classroom. Paper presentation at the University of Maryland Diversity Network Faculty Initiative Committee 4th Annual Conference, Adelphi, MD.
Gibbons, M. A. (2006). Sexual Aggression: A Micro-Level Theory Comparison.
Presented at the 28th Annual Graduate Research Conference, Baltimore, MD.
of an HIV seminar on students’ knowledge. Presented at the 7th Annual International Conference on Education, Athens, Greece.
Butler, K. L. & Gibbons, M. A. (2004). Project Commit to Prevent: Sexual Health
Advocacy for Young African Americans. Presented at the 36th Annual American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists Conference, Chicago, IL.
Grant Activities Research and Professional Development Grant, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Principal Investigator – 2011
“Influences on Sexual Risk Behavior among African American College Women: The Role of Perceived Monogamy, Trust, and Intimacy” ($5,000)
United States Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women
Proposal Author - 2005 – 2007
Grant to Reduce Violence Against Women on Campus ($200,000)
Governor’s Institute on Alcohol and Substance Abuse (NC) and Mecklenburg County Alcohol Bureau of Control
Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Fellowship Fall 2008 – Spring 2010
CSWE/Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Clinical Minority Fellowship Fall 2006 – Fall 2009
1st Place Winner, 29th Annual Graduate Research Conference Humanities Division
Baltimore, Maryland. (2007)
Rising Star Grantsmanship Award
Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, North Carolina (2003)
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Maryland Department of Social Services, Adult Services Division
Workshop Facilitator Spring 2009 – Spring 2010, Baltimore, MD
Developed and facilitated workshop on Motivational Interviewing for adult service workers. Used case-based approach to teach Motivational Interviewing skills to participants. Developed workshop into a pre-service training curriculum.
Maryland Child Welfare Training Academy
Adjunct Trainer, 2008 – 2009, Baltimore, MD
Delivered three-day workshops on Mental Health and Substance Abuse in Child Welfare to Department of Social Services child welfare workers. Provided evaluation and feedback on competency-based interview and assessment skills.
University of Maryland, Baltimore County Psychology Department
Therapist for the Behavioral Alcohol Intervention Program for Men, 2007 – 2008
Counseled clients in conjunction with the Brief Alcohol Intervention Project study through the Department of Psychology, UMBC. Used Motivational Interviewing techniques to assess clients’ readiness for drinking pattern changes. Recorded observations and processes according to study protocol.
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools
Reviewed and evaluated federal grants for the Integration of Schools and Mental Health Systems and Prevention of High-Risk Drinking and Violent Behavior among College Students.
Johnson C. Smith University
Director, Office of Counseling and Testing, 2002 – 2005, Charlotte, NC
Directed, supervised and coordinated activities and functions of the Counseling and Testing Center including both counseling and arrangement of graduate school testing. Established and implemented organizational goals, objectives, polices, operating procedures; and monitor and evaluate program effectiveness. Promoted effective liaisons with other departments of the University, discussing and resolving problems and coordinating interrelated responsibilities.
Counselor, 2001 – 2002
Provide individual and group therapy for college students in counseling center setting with regard to emotional, social, and academic issues. Respond to emergency crisis calls, conduct in-depth investigative assessments and determine level of care needed, and devise comprehensive treatment plans for students experiencing emotional distress. Construct topic-specific workshops for campus community and supervised Peer Educators and advised them on program development and implementation.
Gambro Healthcare, Inc.
Dialysis Social Worker, 1999 – 2001, Charlotte, NC
Responsible for the coordination of social services for renal patients in a dialysis center setting.
Performed comprehensive psychosocial assessments, evaluate and monitor patients for depression signs and symptoms. Make referrals to appropriate healthcare resources. Responsible for overseeing student interns as they fulfill their education requirements.
Diamond Grove Psychiatric Hospital
Acute Care Social Worker, 1998 – 1999
Performed investigative intake interviews and comprehensive psychosocial assessments on patients and families. Constructed individualized therapeutic treatment plans for each patient based upon clinical assessment. Provide comprehensive discharge planning, identifying adequate placement resources for patients.
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), student member
Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups (AASWG) student member
Society for Social Work Research (SSWR). Student member