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Camie Tomlinson

Ph.D. student


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M.S.W., North Carolina State University
B.S.W., North Carolina State University

Camie Tomlinson is a second-year doctoral student at VCU School of Social Work. She received her Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work degrees from North Carolina State University. During her graduate studies, Tomlinson worked as a graduate research assistant at the Center for Family and Community Engagement, a research center that promotes community and government partnerships and provides training and evaluation for child welfare practitioners in North Carolina.

Prior to beginning doctoral studies, Tomlinson worked as an adoption social worker within a North Carolina county department of social services. Informed by her practice experience and personal experience as an international adoptee, Tomlinson’s research interests broadly include promoting positive development (e.g., physical and mental health, placement stability, educational success) of youth who are or have been in foster care.

Her current research examines how adverse childhood experiences impact development throughout childhood and into adulthood. Currently, she is working with Dr. Hollee McGinnis and Dr. Shelby McDonald to identify risk and protective factors (i.e., attachment, human-animal interaction, etc.) that impact the relation between childhood adversity (e.g., victimization, minority stress) and psychosocial outcomes, and the developmental mechanisms through which these factors impact long-term psychosocial functioning.

Notable awards, honors and appointments

  • Treasurer, Doctoral Student Association - July 2020-present
  • Student representative, Academic Programs Committee - September 2020-present