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Susan Neely-Barnes
Professor Director Chair, Social Work
Email: snlybrns@memphis.edu
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Education
  • Ph.D. Social Welfare - University of Washington - 2005
  • MSW Social Work - Washington University - 1999
  • BA Cultural Anthropology - Duke University - 1996

Work Experience

  • Professor, School of Social Work - University of Memphis - 2016 to present
  • Director & Chair, School of Social Work - University of Memphis - 2016 to present
Honors/Awards
  • Eye of the Tiger - University of Memphis - 2018
  • PI Millionaire - University of Memphis - 2018
  • Distinguished Research Award in the Social Sciences - University of Memphis College of Arts & Sciences - 2017
  • Engaged Scholarship Mentor - University of Memphis - 2015-2016
  • Provost's Fellowship - University of Memphis - 2014
  • Early Career Research Award - College of Arts & Sciences, University of Memphis - 2013
  • Travel Enrichment Award - College of Arts & Sciences, University of Memphis - 2010

Teaching Experience

  • SWRK 7025: Scientific Methods in Social Work - University of Memphis
  • SWRK 7017: Advanced Family Child/Youth - University of Memphis
  • SWRK 7011: Mental Health and Disabilities in Childhood - University of Memphis
  • SUAP 7100: Public Policy Statistic - University of Memphis
  • SWRK 7021: Human Behavior in the Social Environment - University of Memphis
  • SWRK 3903: Social Work Practicum I - University of Memphis

Support

  • Midsouth Social Work Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (MSW-SDS) - Health Resources and Services Administration - 3,187,554 - July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2025
  • Memphis Opioid Workforce Paraprofessional Expansion Program (MOW-PEP) - Health Resources and Services Administration - $897,342 - 2019-2022
  • Scholarships for Social Work Students - Shelby County Community Services Agency - $90,000 - 2019
  • Health, Education, and Access for Rural Tennesseans (HEART). - Health Resources and Services Administration - $2,045,082 - 2019-2023
  • Midsouth Integrated Behavioral Health Training Initiative - Health Resources and Services Administration - $1,917,762 - 2017-21
  • Free Lunch Graduates: What Happens When They Come to College? - Tennesee Board of Regents - $40,000 - 2016-17
  • Midsouth Social Work Professional Development Initiative - Health Resources and Services Administration - $1,423,125 - September 30, 2014 - September 29, 2017
  • Lifeplan and the Partnership for Educational Advocacy and Parity - Memphis Area Legal Services - $10,000 - April 2014 - March 2016
  • Students Helping Students Program: Response to Intervention in Higher Education - Tennessee Board of Regents Faculty Development Grants - $40,000 - 2014-2015
  • First Scholars Professional Development Strategic Initiative - Suder Foundation - $39,260 - 2014-2015

Outreach

  • Tennessee Department of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Human Rights Committee -   - 2013 - 2018 -  
  • Life Plan Survey -   - 2012-2013 -  
  • Focus Groups for the Exceptional Foundation of West Tennessee -   - 2011-2012 -  
Books Published
  • Neely-Barnes, S. & Lennon-Dearing, R. (2020).  Quantitative Research. In L. Roussel, T. Taylor-Overholts, & H. R. Hall (Eds), Evidence-based practice: An integrative approach to research, administration, and practice (3rd ed.). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett.
  • Elswick, S., NeelyBarnes, S., Casey, L., & Rudd, L. (2018). Chapter 24: Social Work. In R. D. Rieske (Ed.), Handbook of Interdisciplinary Treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorder (pages of chapter). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.
  • Neely-Barnes, S. & Lennon-Dearing, R. (2016).  Quantitative Research. In L. Roussel, T. Taylor-Overholts, & H. R. Hall (Eds), Evidence-based practice: An integrative approach to research, administration, and practice (2nd ed.). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett.
  • Neely-Barnes, S. (2015). Latent class models in social work. In S. Bobones (Ed.), Latent Variables and Factor Analysis, (pp. 169-181). London: Sage Publications Ltd.
  • Lennon-Dearing, R., & Neely-Barnes, S. (2013).  Quantitative Research. In L. Roussel, T. Taylor-Overholts, & H. R. Hall, Evidence-based practice: An integrative approach to research, administration, and practice. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett.
Journal Articles
  • Neely-Barnes, S. L., Kirk, B. G., Elswick, S. E., Taylor, L. C., Delavega, M., Pettet, F., & Landry, M. (2020). Training second year MSW students to improve cultural and linguistic competence. Research on Social Work Practice, 30, 392-398. http://doi:10.1177/1049731519874397
  • Taylor, L.C., Delavega, E., Jin, S.W., Neely-Barnes, S.L., & Elswick, S. E. (2019). The prevalence and correlates of food insecurity among students at a multi-campus university. Journal of Poverty, 23, 621-633. doi: 10.1080/10875549.2019.165141
  • Delavega, E, Neely-Barnes, S.L., Elswick, S.E., Taylor, L.C., Pettet, F.L., & Landry, M. (2019). Preparing social work students for interprofessional team practice in health care settings.  Research on Social Work Practice, 29, 555-561. doi:10.1177/1049731518804880
  • Lennon-Dearing, R. Elswick, S., Neely-Barnes, S, Snipes, K., Williams, M., Carter, A., Gray, A. and Washington, G. (2018). The Students Helping Students Program: Response to Intervention in Higher Education. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, 23, 173-196. doi: 10.18084/1084-7219.23.1.173
  • Simmons, L., Taylor, L., Anderson, K., & Neely-Barnes, S. (2018). Comparing first generation and continuing generation social work students. Journal of Social Work Education, 54, 480-491. doi: 10.1080/10437797.2018.1434436
  • Wingate, S. E., Postlewaite, R. R., Mena, R. M., Neely-Barnes, S. L., & Elswick, S. E. (2018). Parent Knowledge of and Experiences with Response to Intervention (RtI). Children & Schools, 40, 163-172. doi: 10.1093/cs/cdy010
  • Delavega, E., Neely-Barnes, S., Lennon-Dearing, R., Soifer, S, & Crawford, C. (2017). Engaged scholarship: A signature research methodology for social work. Journal of Social Work Education, 53, 568-576. DOI: 10.1080/10437797.2016.1269703
  • Neely-Barnes, S.L., Zanskas, S., Lustig, D., Duerr, R., Zhao, M. (2016). Falling through the cracks: Caregivers’ experiences with choice of providers. Rehabilitation Education: Research, policy, & education, 30, 338-352. http://dx.doi.org/10.1891/2168-6653.30.4.338
  • Neely-Barnes, S. L. & Elswick, S. E. (2016). Inclusion for people with developmental disabilities: Measuring an elusive construct. Journal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1536710X.2016.1162122
  • Neely-Barnes, S.L., McCabe, H., & Barnes, C. P. (2014). Seven rules to live by: Accommodations in social work education and field. Journal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation, 13, 279-296. DOI:10.1080/1536710X.2014.961113
  • Neely-Barnes, S. L., Krcek, T., Zanskas, S., & Delavega, E. (2014). Parenting with a disability and child mental health: A propensity score analysis. Journal of Social Work in Disability & Rehabilitation, 13, 226-246. DOI:10.1080/1536710X.2014.912185
  • Hall, H. R., Neely-Barnes, S., Graff, C., Krcek, T., Roberts, R., & Hankins, J. (2012).   Parental Stress in Families of Children with a Genetic Disorder/Disability and the Resiliency Model of Family Stress, Adjustment, and Adaptation. Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing, 35, 24-44.
  • Egan, M., Neely-Barnes, S. L., & Combs-Orme, T. (2011). Integrating neuroscience knowledge into social work education: A case-based approach. Journal of Social Work Education, 47, 269-282
  • Neely-Barnes, S. L., Hall, H. R., Roberts, R. J., & Graff, J. C. (2011). Parenting a child with an autism spectrum disorder: Public perceptions and parental conceptualizations. Journal of Family Social Work, 14, 208-225.
  • Neely-Barnes, S. L. & Graff, J. C. (2011). Are their adverse mental health affects to being a sibling of a person with a disability? A propensity score analysis. Family Relations, 60, 331-341.
  • Neely-Barnes, S. L. (2010) Latent class models in social work: Research note. Social Work Research.
  • Whitted, K. S.  & Neely-Barnes, S. L. (2011). Examining the social, emotional and behavioral needs of youth involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.  Journal of Health and Human Services Administration, 34, 206-238.
  • Neely-Barnes, S.L., Graff, J.C., Roberts, R.J., Hall, H.R., & Hankins, J.S. (2010). “It’s our job”: A qualitative study and theoretical model of parent and sibling responses to ableism. Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, 48, 245-258.
  • Neely-Barnes, S.L., Graff, J.C., & Washington, G. (2010). The health related quality of life of custodial grandparents. Health & Social Work, 35, 87-97.
  • Graff, J.C., Hankins, J.S., Hardy, B.T., Hall, H.R., Roberts, R.J., Neely-Barnes, S.L. (2010). Exploring parent-sibling communication in families of children with sickle cell disease. Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing, 33, 101-123.
  • Graff, J.C., Neely-Barnes, S.L., Smith, H. (2008). Theoretical and methodological issues in sibling research. International Review of Research in Mental Retardation, 36, 233-280.
  • Neely-Barnes, S. L. & Dia, D. A. (2008). Families of children with disabilities: A review of research and recommendations for intervention. Journal of Early and Intensive Behavior Intervention, 5, 93-107
  • Neely-Barnes, S.L., Graff, J.C., Marcenko, M.O. & Weber, L.A. (2008) Family decision-making: Benefits to persons with DD and their family members. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 46, 93-105.
  • Neely-Barnes, S.L.. Marcenko, M.O., & Weber, L.A. (2008). Community-based, consumer-directed services: Differential experiences of people with mild and severe intellectual disabilities. Social Work Research, 32, 55-64.
  • Neely-Barnes, S.L., Marcenko, M.O. & Weber, L.A. (2008). Does choice influence quality of life for persons with developmental disabilities? Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 46, 12-26.
  • Neely-Barnes, S.L. & Marcenko, M.O. (2004). Predicting impact of childhood disability on families: Results from the 1995 National Health Interview Survey Disability Supplement. Mental Retardation, 42, 284-293.
  • Pandey, S., Zhan, M., Neely-Barnes, S., & Menon, N. (2000). The higher education option for poor women with children. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 27, 109-170.
  • Neely-Barnes, S.L. (1999). Parent involvement: A needs assessment. The School Social Work Journal, 24, 29-43.
Presentations
  • Delavega, E., Landry, M. A., Neely-Barnes, S., & Taylor, L. (2019, October). Evaluating supervision in an interdisciplinary behavioral health training program. Poster presentation at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO.
  • Neely-Barnes, S. L. (2019, April). Alternative “advanced standing” – co-opting “other” professionals into social work. Roundtable presentation at the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work spring meeting.
  • Malone, C. C., Taylor, L., Delavega, M., & Neely-Barnes, S. L. (2018, November). The challenges in designing training for field supervisors in interdisciplinary programming. Poster presentation at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Orlando, FL.
  • Delavega, M. E., & Neely-Barnes, S. L. (2017, October). Educating social workers to meet 21st century challenges in healthcare: Interprofessional education. Poster presentation at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Dallas, TX.
  • Elswick, S. E. & Neely-Barnes, S. L. (2017, October). Response to intervention: An investigation of parent knowledge. Poster presentation at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Dallas, TX.
  • McAllister, C., Neely-Barnes, S., & Odgen, L. P. (2016, November). Assessment of integration of disability content into social work education. Poster presentation at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Atlanta, GA.
  • Simmons, L. D., Anderson, K., Neely-Barnes, S. L., & Taylor, L. (2016, November). Comparative experiences of first-generation and continuing-generation social work students. Poster presentation at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Atlanta, GA.
  • Perlman, S., Barnes, C., Walker, L., & Neely-Barnes, S. (2016, April). The LifePlan Project. Presentation at the 3rd Annual Social Work Symposium, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN.
  • Pettet, F., Delavega, E., Elswick, S., & Neely-Barnes, S. (2016, January). Assessing student outcomes of a behavioral health training program in social work. Poster presentation at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.
  • Neely-Barnes, S., McRoy, R., Jones, J., Sanchez Mayers, R., & Davis, L. (2015, October). How to recruit and retain faculty from historically underrepresented groups. Leadership development institute at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Denver, CO.
  • Brewer, R. & Neely-Barnes, S. (2015, October). Teaching social work students how to engage as advocates in special education. Poster presentation at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Denver, CO.
  • Simmons, L., Anderson, K., Lovins, S., & Neely-Barnes, S. (2015, October). Strategies for promoting academic success among first-generation social work students. Think tank at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Denver, CO.
  • Albert, W., Neely-Barnes, S. L., Barnes, C., Mayham, J., & Gibson, R. (2014, October). Improving parent and professional knowledge of special education law: An evaluation study. Poster Presentation at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Tampa, FL.
  • Neely-Barnes, S. L., Linton, K. F., & Algood, C. L. (2014, October). Race, class, and disability: Implications for families. Connect Session Presentation at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Tampa, FL.
  • Neely-Barnes, S. L. & Trawver, K. (2014, October). How to succeed in reaffirmation or candidacy: Tips and strategies. Roundtable Presentation at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Tampa, FL.
  • Neely-Barnes, S. (2014, January). Community inclusion for people with developmental disabilities: Measuring an elusive construct. Poster presentation at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX.
  • Duerr, R., Neely-Barnes, S., Zanskas, S., & Lustig, D. (2013, November). Transition to adulthood in a fragmented service system for youth with disabilities. Poster presentation at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Dallas, TX.
  • McCabe, H., Neely-Barnes, S., & Trawver, K. (2013, November). Social work students with disabilities: Tips and strategies for administrators. Workshop presented at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Dallas, TX.
  • Neely-Barnes, S. L., Brin, S., & Valentine-Phillips, V. (2012, November). Using an online survey tool to collect data on core competencies. Poster Presentation at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Washington, DC.
  • Tijerina, M., Neely-Barnes, S., Trawver, K., Rolf, K., & McCabe, H. (2012, November). Addressing mental health issues of social work students in field placement. Connect Session at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Washington, DC.
  • Crawford, C., Neely-Barnes, S., Delavega, E., & Soifer, S. (2012, November). Engaged scholarship: Sustainable collaboration as the holy grail of social work praxis. Panel Presentation at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Washington, DC.
  • Neely-Barnes, S. L. & Graff, J. C. (2012, June). The mental health effects of being a sibling: A propensity score analysis. Poster Presentation at the American Association on Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, Charlotte, NC.
  • Neely-Barnes, S. L. & Krcek, T. (2012, January). The impact of having a parent with a disability on child mental health: A propensity score analysis. Poster Presentation at the Society for Social Work and Research Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Neely-Barnes, S. L. & Krcek, T. (2012, January). Parenting stress and childhood disability: An interdisciplinary mixed-methods approach. Poster Presentation at the Society for Social Work and Research Conference, Washington, DC.