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Deana F. Morrow, PhD, LICSW, ACSW

Director and Eberly Family Professor for Outstanding Public Service

Dr. Morrow is the Director of the School of Social Work where she is also a tenured Professor. Additionally she is an Eberly Family Professor for Outstanding Public Service. Her research interests are in the areas of Social work education; older adults; social work licensure and regulation; mental/behavioral health; sexual minority populations; ethics; leadership; social work and counseling theories and methods; and, health care.

Dr. Morrow has authored over 45 published articles and book chapters, and she has made over 100 scholarly presentations in local, regional, national, and international venues. She is the lead editor of the book, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Social Work Practice and co-editor of an accompanying casebook published through Columbia University Press in New York. She is also co-editor of the CSWE Curricular Guide for Licensing and Regulation. Additionally, she has garnered more than $1 million in external grant funding in support of her research and interests in social work workforce development.

Dr. Morrow’s teaching interests include psychopathology, clinical practice, social work theories and methods, leadership, and social work ethics. Dr. Morrow is also an experienced social work practitioner in the areas of geriatrics, mental health, medical social work, consultation, and administration.

Dr. Morrow serves on the CSWE Council on Leadership Development and on a variety of community boards and councils. She is a past Chair of the CSWE Board of Accreditation, past member of the CSWE Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression, past Chair of the North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board, and past consultant to the Association of Social Work Boards Path to Licensure Summer Institute.

In addition to her educational degrees, Dr. Morrow completed the Harvard Institutes of Higher Education Management Development Program for leaders in higher education, the Duke University Professional Certificate Program in Nonprofit Management, and the National Association of Social Work Deans and Directors Leadership Development Program. Dr. Morrow is a Licensed Clinical Independent Social Worker in the state of West Virginia and she is a member of the NASW Academy of Certified Social Workers.


  • PhD (Counselor Education), North Carolina State University
  • MSW (Social Work), University of Georgia
  • Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, University of Georgia
  • MA Ed (Counseling), Western Carolina University


  • Social work education
  • Older adults
  • Social work licensure and regulation
  • Mental/behavioral health
  • Sexual minority populations
  • Ethics
  • Social work and counseling theories and methods
  • Health care


  • Psychopathology
  • Clinical practice
  • Social work theories and methods
  • Leadership
  • Social work ethics


    • Council on Social Work Education
    • CSWE Commission on Accreditation
    • CSWE Board of Directors
    • National Association of Social Workers
    • NASW West Virginia
    • West Virginia Licensed Clinical Independent Social Worker
    • Academy of Certified Social Workers