Dr. Downing is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
(Social Work). She has been a member of the faculty for six years. Primarily, she
teaches social work courses. Dr. Downing's cumulative work history includes over 24
years of experience as a social worker. This includes 24 years of providing direct
services, 14 years in academia (6 years full-time faculty and 8 years adjunct faculty),
13 years as a consultant and trainer, and 7 years as an administrator. Also, her clinical
experience includes conducting diagnostic/psychosocial assessments, and providing
individual, marital, family, and group counseling.
Dissertation: “A Study of African American TANF Women’s Perceptions of the Well-being of Their Adolescent Children Since Gaining Employment”
PUBLICATION: Downing, K. (2010) Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment. Manuscript approved: “A Literature Review of the Experiences of African American and Caucasian TANF Women Transitioning from Welfare to Work.
Area of Expertise: Women's issues (with special attention to African American women).
State License and Certifications: 2009 The George Washington University, Washington, DC Graduate Certificate in Leadership Development
2000 Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
1998 Academy of Certified Social Workers ACSW)
MSW, Norfolk State University (1993-1995)
PhD, Norfolk State University (2001-2007)