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Social Work CCC PhD

Conduct Research on a Campus Recognized for Community-based Studies

Students entering the CCC Social Work track often come to the program with a master of social work degree as well as experience in clinical practice. However, the program also provides flexibility for students without an advanced degree in social work to join this track when their research interests align with those of CCC-affiliated faculty in Tulane’s School of Social Work. 

Dissertations by Social Work-CCC track students have included the following:

  • Jocelyn Horner (PhD 2017), “Digital Storytelling as Self-Advocacy: Exploring African-American Adolescent Women's Life Stories as Pathways to Positive Development”
  • Curtis H. Davis Jr. (PhD 2019), “Lifting the Veil: Considering the Social Worker's Approach to Racism-based Trauma in Work with the Incarcerated Person”
  • Jessica Liddell (PhD 2021), “Women's Reproductive Health Experiences among the United Houma Nation”
  • Jenn Lilly (PhD 2021), “Altavoces: A Digital Narrative Research Project Examining the Well-being of Latino Immigrant Youth in New Orleans”
  • Megha M. Patel (PhD 2021), “A Father's Role in Early Childhood Development: Examining Gender Equality in Rwanda”

The School of Social Work (pictured above) is located in downtown New Orleans, adjacent to the Tulane Medical Center, with efficient transportation to Tulane’s uptown campus. CCC Social Work students may utilize office and meeting spaces in the spacious and newly renovated building, while taking required CCC courses Uptown.  

Due to the robust online presence of Tulane’s School of Social Work, Social Work-CCC PhD students have the opportunity to become teaching assistants for both on-the-ground and remote courses.

Streetcars and buses pass directly in front of the Tulane School of Social Work building in downtown New Orleans (photo by Paula Burch-Celentano, © 2015 Tulane University).

Hannah Knipp
Social Work Student - Hannah
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Curtis Davis
Social Work Student - Curtis
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Alex Lopez-Hempen
Social Work Student - Alex
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Megha Patel
Social Work Student - Megha
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"As a CCC student, you can take ANY graduate-level course within the university, and that is a rare opportunity. That made CCC the perfect fit for someone like me, whose research interests aren’t necessarily bounded by one field of study. The ability to innovate by bringing new ideas and ways of thinking about social problems from other disciplines into my work is a great benefit to me now as a faculty member working to reduce social inequities through research collaborations."

- Jenn Lilly, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Social Service, Fordham University (2016 Cohort)