College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Belinda Bruster, Ph.D., LCSW, ACSW
Dr. Bruster received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from Wayne State University (WSU) in 1984. In 1994, she completed the Masters of Social Work (MSW) program at Norfolk State University (NSU). She joined the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) in 1998. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) she is licensed in Virginia and Florida, and in 2005 she obtained her Ph.D. in Social Work from NSU. She received the Ohio State University (OSU) Dissertation Award in 2006; dissertation topic was the strengths of African American Female Welfare Recipients.
Dr. Bruster research focuses on subject areas in which minorities are disproportionately affected (foster care, incarceration, HIV/AIDS, and African American, Latino and Haitian women). She co-edited a special edition of Social Work and Public Health, focus of the journal was the Impact of Parental Incarceration on Children and Families. She has a strong interest in International Social Work, 2014, and 2016 she led study abroad projects in Ghana.
National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW)
International Consortium of Social Development (ICSD)
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD)