College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Wanda Lott Collins totals a combination of thirty plus years as a social work educator and professional/community social worker. She is a retired tenured full-professor with eighteen years of teaching, scholarship, and research which includes her tenure as a Director, Bachelor of Social Work Program. She was recognized by her university, as a distinguished teaching scholar, based on exemplary teaching evaluations. Her early social work career included assessing and counseling families regarding physical and sexual abuse trauma in a hospital setting and as a caseworker. For fourteen years of her thirty plus years, she served as the lead facilitator in Body, Mind, and Spirit, a breast cancer support group to help survivors examine stressors, coping strategies, and spiritual strengths that would help participants to live beyond breast cancer. Her teaching expertise is social work practice, gerontology, spirituality and social work, and teaching in social work. Dr. Collins research focused primarily on social work practice issues related to strengths of the African American church. Complimentary interests are the psychosocial aspects of caregiving and aging among minority elders and coping strategies related to Alzheimer's, diabetes, and cancer. She joins the Walden in a part-time capacity as new faculty.