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Dr. Kareema Gray, PhD

• Ph.D., Social Work, University of Georgia
• M.S.W., University of Georgia
• B.A., Biology, Lafayette College

Dr. Gray currently serves as the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Department Chair and Program Director and an Assistant Professor of Social Work in the School of Social Work at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina. She received both her Ph.D. and her master’s degrees in social work from The University of Georgia in Athens, GA. Her undergraduate degree in biology was completed at Lafayette College in Easton, PA.

Dr. Gray also currently works as a medical social worker for Atrium Health. Her past professional practice experiences include work as an adoption counselor and as an in-home family therapist. Her extensive practice experience has focused on family preservation, crisis management, adolescent development, and adoption family dynamics.

Dr. Gray’s research interests includes projects that examine the effectiveness of community initiatives to alleviate poverty, international disaster case management and disaster response, and a variety of social justice and social advocacy issues. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees at her alma mater – The Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, PA.

Dr. Gray also serves as an executive board member for Dedication 2 Community in Charlotte, NC which addresses community relationships with local law enforcement and as an advisor to The American Heart Association Health Equity Community Engagement Council which looks for solutions to the extensive healthcare disparities that exist in underserved and underrepresented populations.