College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
I received my B.A. degree in sociology from The University of Alabama, MSW degree from Loyola University Chicago, and Ph.D. in social work at The University of Alabama. My research interests include Black males and family functioning, marriage quality and commitment, spirituality/religiosity among Black Americans, and parental loss. I have published peer-reviewed journal articles on the factors associated with fathers’ involvement with their children, the impact of that involvement on mothers’ parenting stress and children’s behavior, African American men’s perspective on the intersection of marriage and fatherhood, and police brutality against Black boys and men. My ongoing projects include the effect of religious and spousal support on marital satisfaction among African American men, the effect of maternal and paternal loss on the sense of identity for young and middle-aged Black adults, and racial socialization and identity in Black families due to historical and current incidents of police brutality. I have 21 years of direct service experience with couples, families, adults and children. I also do mitigation work for capital murder cases. I was a co-leader for various court-ordered programs that focused on domestic violence intervention for male perpetrators, juvenile substance abuse prevention (co-developer), anger management and divorce education for parents seeking a divorce (director).