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Deana F. Morrow, Ph.D., LICSW, ACSW


Dr. Morrow is the Director of the School of Social Work. 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; health care.

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 Curricular Guide for Licensing and Regulation. Dr. Morrow has authored over 30 published articles and book chapters, and she has made over 80scholarly presentations in local, regional, national, and international venues. Her 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. She is Chair of the CSWE Commission on Accreditation. She is a 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 and the Professional Certificate Program in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. Dr. Morrow is a Licensed Clinical Independent Social Work 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