Faculty and Staff Profiles

Robin Lennon-Dearing
Asst Professor, Social Work
Email: rlnnndrn@memphis.edu
Office Location: 120 Mccord Hall
Education
  • PhD Social Work - University of Georgia - 2004
  • MSW Social Work - University of South Florida - 1998
  • BSW Social Work - University of South Florida - 1996

Work Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Social Work - University of Memphis - 2010-present
  • Assistant Professor, Social Work - East Tennessee State University - 2004-2010
Honors/Awards
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression Scholarship Award - Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) - 2015
  • Nominated for Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award - University of Memphis - 2014
  • Nominated for Thomas W. Briggs Excellence in Teaching Award - University of Memphis - 2013
  • Appreciation for Outstanding Leadership Award - National Association of Social Workers, Tennessee Chapter - 2012
  • Distinguished Service Award, Faculty Advisor - University of Memphis, Student Social Work Organization (SSWO) - 2010-2012
  • Certificate of Appreciation Award - University of Memphis, SWRK 3904 Summer class - 2011
  • Community Service Award - World AIDS Day Committee, Johnson City, TN - 2009
  • Distinguished Service Award, Faculty Advisor - East Tennessee State University, Student Social Work Association (SSWA) - 2004-2005

Teaching Experience

  • SWRK 7060: Social Work in Health Care - University of Memphis
  • SWRK 7005: Psychopathology - University of Memphis
  • SWRK 3904: Social Work Practice II - University of Memphis
  • SWRK 3902: Human Behavior and the Social Environment - University of Memphis
  • SWRK 2911: Social Response to Human Need - University of Memphis
  • SWRK 2010: Social Work Profession and Practice - University of Memphis
  • SOWK 5306 Advanced Field Practicum I - East Tennessee State University
  • SOWK 5406 Advanced Field Practicum II - East Tennessee State University
  • SOWK 5957 Advanced Social Work Practice in Health Care - East Tennessee State University
  • SOWK 5313 Advanced Social Work Practice with Families - East Tennessee State University
  • SOWK 5323 Advanced Social Work Practice with Groups - East Tennessee State University
  • SOWK 5303 Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals - East Tennessee State University
  • SOWK 5957 Grief & Loss - East Tennessee State University
  • SOWK 5430 Psychopathology - East Tennessee State University
  • SOWK 5102 Human Behavior in the Social Environment - East Tennessee State University
  • SOWK 5405 Rural Health Research & Practice - East Tennessee State University
  • SOWK 5817 Quality Improvement in Rural Health Care - East Tennessee State University
  • SOWK 5110 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Bioethical Issues - East Tennessee State University
  • PMPR 7105 Interprofessional End-of-Life Clinical Care - East Tennessee State University

Support

  • Strengthening Communities Initiative, Capacity Building Grant - partnership with Friends For Life for the Women’s Empowerment Group project - $18,500 - 2015-2016
  • Students Helping Students Program: Response to Intervention in Higher Education - Tennessee Board of Regents, Faculty Research Grant - $40,000. - 2014-2015
  • University of Memphis, College of Arts & Sciences - Travel Enrichment Award - $500.00 - 2011

Outreach

  • Women's Empowerment Forum (Conference for women living with HIV) - Students in SWRK 3904 - 2015 - Friends For Life
  • Women's Empowerment Forum (Conference for women living with HIV) - Students in SWRK 3904 - 2014 - Friends For Life
  • Women's Empowerment Forum (Conference for women living with HIV) - Students in SWRK 7060 - 2013 - Friends For Life
  • Middle School Social Skills Groups (Service learning assignment) - Students in SWRK 3904 - 2012-present - Memphis City Schools
  • Support Group Leader - POZ Support Group - 2005-2010 - HIV Network, Johnson City, TN
  • Board President - 501c3 Non-profit Organization - 2005-2008 - HIV Network, Johnson City, TN
  • Ethics Consultant - Ethics Committee - 2006-2009 - Mountain States Health Alliance, Johnson City, TN
  • Support Group Leader - Women's HIV Support Group - 1998-2004 - Positive Impact, Atlanta, GA
  • Volunteer - Support Services - 1996-1998 - Tampa AIDS Network, Tampa, FL
Service
  • University of Memphis, Department of Social Work - Continuing Education Committee - 2013 to present
  • University of Memphis, Department of Social Work - Lecturer Search Committee - 2013
  • University of Memphis, College of Arts & Sciences - Undergraduate Curriculum Committee - 2010 to 2014
  • University of Memphis, Department of Social Work - Faculty Advisor for Phi Alpha Honor Society - 2010 to present
  • University of Memphis, Department of Social Work - Faculty Advisor for Student Social Work Organization - 2010 to 2013
  • University of Memphis, Department of Social Work - CSWE Reaffirmation Committee for B.A. Program - 2011 to 2013
  • University of Memphis, Department of Social Work - Lecturer Search Committee, Chair - 2012
  • University of Memphis, Department of Social Work - MSW Director of Field Search Committee - 2011 to 2012
  • ETSU, College of Arts & Sciences - College Awards Committee - 2009, 2010
  • ETSU, College of Arts & Sciences - Educational Affairs Committee - 2005 to 2007
  • ETSU, Department of Social Work - Community Advisory Committee - 2004 to 2010
  • ETSU, Department of Social Work - Faculty Advisor for Student Social Workers Association - 2004 to 2005
  • ETSU, Department of Social Work - Marketing, Recruitment & Technology Committee - 2004 to 2010
  • ETSU, Department of Social Work - MSW Field Education Committee - 2004 to 2010
  • ETSU, Department of Social Work - MSW Program Committee - 2004 to 2010
  • ETSU, Department of Social Work - Social Work Career Day, Co-chair - 2006, 2007
  • ETSU, Department of Social Work - Executive Aide Search Committee - 2007
  • ETSU, Department of Social Work - Library Committee - 2004 to 2010
  • ETSU, Honors College - University Honors Scholars Program, Application Reviewer - 2009, 2010
  • ETSU - Ad Hoc Task Force for Interprofessional Education - 2008 to 2010
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  • National Association of Social Workers - Tennessee Chapter, West Branch Steering Committee, Chair - 2011 to present
  • National Association of Social Workers - Tennessee Chapter, Board of Directors, Professional Issues Representative - 2012 to 2014
  • National Association of Social Workers - Tennessee Chapter, Board of Directors, President - 2010 to 2012
  • National Association of Social Workers - Tennessee Chapter, Board of Directors, President-Elect - 2009 to 2010
  • National Association of Social Workers - Tennessee Chapter, Northeast Branch Co-chair - 2005 to 2010
  • Council on Social Work Education - Trained Site Visitor - 2011 to present
  • AIDS and Behavior - Reviewer - 2015-Present
Journal Articles
  • Peer-Reviewed
  • McAdory, T., Elswick, S. E., & Lennon-Dearing, R. (2016). Embracing life: The Gift of a Day Program. Illness, Crisis, & Loss, 24(2).
  • Delavega, M. E., Neely-Barnes, S., Lennon-Dearing, R., & Soifer, S. (in press). Engaged scholarship: A signature research methodology for social work. Journal of Social Work Education.
  • Lennon-Dearing, R. (in press). A model for teaching group work through service learning. Journal of Teaching in Social Work.
  • Lennon-Dearing, R., & Delavega, E. (in press). Do social workers apply “love thy neighbor as thyself” to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transpersons in the South? Journal of Homosexuality.
  • Delavega, E., & Lennon-Dearing, R. (2015). Differences in housing, health, and wellbeing among HIV positive women living in poverty. Social Work in Public Health, 30(3). 
  • Lennon-Dearing, R., Whitted, K. S., & Delavega, M. E. (2013). Child welfare and juvenile justice: Understanding the unique mental health needs of girls. Journal of Family Social Work, 16(2), 131-147.
  • Whitted, K., Delavega, E., & Lennon-Dearing, R. (2013). The youngest victims of violence: Examining the mental health needs of young children who are involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal, 30(3), 181-195.
  • Lennon-Dearing, R., Florence, J., Halvorson, H., & Pollard, J. (2012). An interprofessional educational approach to teaching spiritual assessment. Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, 18(3-4), 121-132.
  • Lennon-Dearing, R., Lowry, L., Ross, C., & Dyer, A. (2009). An interprofessional course in bioethics: Training for real-world dilemmas. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 23(6), 574-585.
  • Lennon-Dearing, R., Florence, J., Garrett, L., Click, I., & Abercrombie, S. (2008). A rural community-based interdisciplinary curriculum: A social work perspective. Social Work in Health Care, 47(2), 93-107.
  • Lennon-Dearing, R. (2008). The benefits of women-only HIV support groups. Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services, 7(1), 27-45.
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  • Non-Peer-Reviewed
  • Lennon-Dearing, R. (2015, Summer). Activities can provide emotional support for terminally ill clients. NASW Aging Section Connection, 2-5.
  • Lennon-Dearing, R. (2013, Winter). Health literacy for social workers: A cross-cultural approach. NASW Health Section Connection, 8-10.
  • Lennon-Dearing, R., & Neely-Barnes, S. (2013).  Quantitative Research. In H. R. Hall & L. A. Roussel (Eds.), Evidence-based practice: An integrative approach to research, administration, and practice. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett. 
  • Delavega, E., & Lennon-Dearing, R. (2012). 2011-2012 Friends For Life Impact Report: Demographics and Outcome Variables and the Effects Of Housing. Memphis, TN: Friends For Life.
  • Lennon-Dearing, R. (2006). Committed facilitators are key to successful HIV support groups. NASW Health Section Connection, 2, 1-4.
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  • Manuscripts
  • Lennon-Dearing, R., & Delavega, E. (under review). Policies discriminatory of the LGBT community: Do social workers respect the NASW Code of EthicsJournal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services.
  • Lennon-Dearing, R., & Harper, F. (under review). An empowerment forum for women living with HIV. Health Care for Women International.
Presentations
  • Refereed National Conferences
  • Lennon-Dearing, R. (2015, October). Social workers attitudes toward legislation discriminatory of the LGBT community. Annual Program Meeting of the Counsel of Social Work Educators. Denver, CO.
  • Carter, A., Williams, M., Elswick, S., & Lennon-Dearing, R. (2015, October). Mentoring from the masters: Students helping students. Annual Program Meeting of the Counsel of Social Work Educators. Denver, CO.
  • Lennon-Dearing, R. (2014). Social workers’ perspective on proposed legislation that discriminates against LGBT equality. Annual Program Meeting of the Counsel of Social Work Educators. Tampa, FL.
  • Lennon-Dearing, R., Delavega, E. & Mion, F. (2014, July). Effects of housing on health and wellbeing in HIV positive women. 2014 National Association of Social Workers Conference. Washington, DC.
  • Delavega, E., & Lennon-Dearing, R. (2014, July). Social workers’ perspective on proposed legislation that discriminates against LGBT equality. 2014 National Association of Social Workers Conference. Washington, DC.
  • Lennon-Dearing, R. (2014, January). Effects of housing on health and wellbeing in HIV positive women. Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research. San Antonio, TX.
  • Lennon-Dearing, R., & Delavega, E. (2013, September). Effects of housing on health and wellbeing of HIV positive women. North American Housing & HIV/AIDS Research Summit VII. Montreal, Canada.
  • Delavega, E., Shelton, M., Edwards, C., & Lennon-Dearing, R. (2012, November). Making policy real: Experiential-learning policy practice for the social work curriculum. Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education. Washington, D.C. 
  • Lennon-Dearing, R. (2012, July). Examining the mental health needs of girls involved in the child welfare system. 2012 National Association of Social Workers Conference. Washington, DC. 
  • Lennon-Dearing, R., & Whitted, K. S. (2011, October). The youngest victims of violence: Examining the mental health needs of young children who are involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education. Atlanta, GA. 
  • Whitted, K. S., & Lennon-Dearing, R. (2011, October). Child welfare and juvenile justice: Examining the unique mental health needs of girls. Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education. Atlanta, GA. 
  • Lennon-Dearing, R. (2009, November). An interprofessional course in bioethics: Training for real-world dilemmas. Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education. San Antonio, TX.
  • Lennon-Dearing, R. (2008, October). The efficacy of women-only HIV support groups. Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Lennon-Dearing, R. (2007, October). Evaluating a rural community-based interdisciplinary curriculum: A social work perspective. Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education. San Francisco, CA.
  • Lennon-Dearing, R. (2006, May). The efficacy of women-only HIV support groups. HIV/AIDS 2006: The Social Work Response Conference. Miami, FL.
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  • State and University Conferences
  • Lennon-Dearing, R. (2014, April). Tennessee social workers and future social workers attitudes towards the LGBT population. Second Social Work Symposium, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN.
  • Lennon-Dearing, R., & Florence, J. (2006, September). Exploring health literacy in northeast Tennessee. Third Annual Primary Care Research Day, East Tennessee State University. Johnson City, TN.
  • Cecil, D., & Lennon-Dearing, R. (2006, April). Form and substance: A motivating model for implementing outcome measurement. Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare. Nashville, TN.
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  • Community Presentations and Workshops
  • Lennon-Dearing, R. (2015, March). Health literacy: What do your clients understand? HelpCare Homemaker Services Plus, Inc. In-Service. Memphis, TN.
  • Lennon-Dearing, R. (2014, December). Health literacy for social workers: A cross-cultural approach. NASW-TN West Branch Meeting. Memphis, TN. 
  • Delavega, E., & Lennon-Dearing, R. (2014, May). Evaluation of grant funded programs. Mid-South Regional Conference, Grant Professionals Association. Memphis, TN.
  • Lennon-Dearing, R. (2013, September). Schizophrenia spectrum and psychotic disorders, bipolar and related disorders, and depressive disorders. DSM-5: What Social Workers Need To Know. University of Memphis. Memphis, TN.
  • Lennon-Dearing, R. (2011, May). What’s your story? Using a narrative approach. NASW-TN West Branch Meeting. Memphis, TN. 
  • Lennon-Dearing, R. (2010, March). Whose decision is it? The ethics of surrogate decision-making. Social Work Career Day. East Tennessee State University. Johnson City, TN.
  • Lennon-Dearing, R., & Hess, R. (2010, January). Health literacy: Training for medical residents. Quillen College of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine. East Tennessee State University. Johnson City, TN.
  • Lennon-Dearing, R., & Hodski, M. (2008, November). How to treat people with HIV. Northeast Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare. Johnson City, TN.
  • Lennon-Dearing, R. (2008, April). Facilitating HIV support groups. Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center. Mountain Home, TN.
  • Lennon-Dearing, R. (2008, March). Group work: Mechanisms of change. Social Work Career Day. East Tennessee State University. Johnson City, TN
  • Lennon-Dearing, R. (2007, October). Who chooses? Advanced directives for empowerment. Clinical Ethics Conference, Mountain States Health Alliance. Johnson City, TN.
  • Lennon-Dearing, R. (2007, March). Help your patients understand. NASW-TN Northeast Branch Meeting. Johnson City, TN.
  • Lennon-Dearing, R. (2006, August). Women-only HIV support groups. NASW-TN Northeast Branch Meeting. Johnson City, TN.
  • Lennon-Dearing, R. (2006 April). Assessment issues in transitions of care. Ohio Valley Appalachia Regional Geriatric Center (OVAR/GEC) “Interdisciplinary Transitions in Responsibility of Aging Care” workshop. East Tennessee State University. Johnson City, TN.
  • Lennon-Dearing, R. (2005, September). Empowering clients through group process. Fall Conference of Social Workers of the Lakeway Area. Morristown, TN.