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Nicole A. Corley, Ph.D.

Assistant professor

Email: ncorley@vcu.edu

Phone: (804) 827-1626

Ph.D., University of Georgia
M.S.W., Georgia State University
B.S.W., Georgia State University

Nicole Corley, Ph.D.  joined the faculty at the VCU School of Social Work as an Assistant Professor in August of 2017. Her work is primarily focused on capturing counter-narratives which center and honor the taken-for-granted knowledge of Black students and Black “single” mothers. Using qualitative research methods her work explores the use of resourcefulness, resistance, and the impact of racial socialization to understand better the academic experiences of Black students and their families. By amplifying their voices and perspectives, her scholarship endeavors to disrupt the racialized, deficit-informed orientation on adverse outcomes toward an acknowledgment of their assets, strengths, and capabilities.

By challenging dominant assumptions that have misrepresented the experiences of Black students and mothers, Corley hopes her work and teaching has both a liberatory and transformative impact. Within the field of social work, specifically, her goal is to contribute to the development of more culturally-informed and culturally-responsive interventions and practice methods that address systemic inequities impacting Black student achievement and Black family wellbeing, overall.

Corley is currently exploring the use of arts-based methods as a system of tools to bring awareness to the conditions creating and perpetuating oppression and as a strategy to promote social change. 

Selected publications

Corley, N. A. & Young, S. M. (In press) Is social work still racist?: An updated content analysis. Social Work

Cage, J., Corley, N. A., & Harris, L. A. (2018) Educational attainment of adolescents involved with the child welfare system: Exploring the intersection of race and gender. Children and Youth Services Review, 88, 550-557.

Briggs, H. E., Cox, W., Sharkey, C. N., Corley, N., Briggs, A. C., & Black, M. (2016). The role of behavioral theory in model development research with single parent families. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal33(4), 349-363.