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Tawanda L. Hubbard, DSW, LCSW

Specialist Professor

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DSW, Rutgers University

MSW, Rutgers University

B.S., Bloomfield College

McAllan Hall 3
Courses this Semester
SW 630 Field Practicum III
SW665 Advance Clinical Practice with Children
SW605 Clinical Practice with Families and Children
Regularly Taught Courses
SW630 Field Practicum III
SW640 Field Practicum IV
SW 665 Advance Clinical Practice with Children
SW 605 Clinical Practice with Families and Children
SW 626 Evaluation Practice Effectiveness

Dr. Tawanda Hubbard is a social work educator and practitioner.  She is a licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of experience in child welfare, behavioral health, adolescent and family therapy, case management, and clinical practice. She has a postmasters in Clinical Practice with Adolescents from NYU; and trained in Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Bowen Family Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing and Family Therapy at Ackerman and Multicultural Family Institutes. Dr. Hubbard received the honor of Outstanding Doctoral Instructor at Rutgers School of Social Work in 2016 and recipient of CSWE Minority Doctoral Fellowship for 2016-2017 academic school year.

Dr. Hubbard currently provides family and individual therapy as a private practitioner and trains DCP&P Workers (children protection) as part of New Jersey Child Welfare Training Partnership. Dr. Hubbard is the current President of the National Association of Social Workers, New Jersey Chapter.

Research Interests

Areas of scholarship interests are in-home/in-community behavioral health, relational neglect of adolescents within their familial environment and community, the value of oppositionality in adolescence from a phenomenological and systematic perspective, institutionalizing diversity and inclusion and dismantling structural discrimination within human service institutions, incorporating social justice into clinical practice, creating sustainable safe and nurturing spaces for Black women in leadership, promotion of social work profession, advocacy, and mentoring social work students and professionals entering the field.

Scholarly Articles

Hubbard, T. L. (2017). It’s not all about the behaviors: Identifying and addressing relational neglect in adolescence within the familial environment, Reflections: Narratives for Professional Helping. 23 (1), p. 52-65


Hubbard, T. L. (December 2017).  Showing Up and Standing Up for Social Work: Social Workers Owning and Shaping the Narrative of Our Profession.  NASW-NJ Focus, 26 (6), p. 9-10.

Hubbard, T. L. (2015, February). We must never forget the progress and struggle of African-Americans. NASW-NJ Focus, 24(1), 1, 8.

Hubbard, T. L. (2013, February). A moment of reflection: Focus on African-American social work pioneers. NASW- NJ Focus22(1), 5.

Presentations/Invited Talks

“Let’s Talk about Opposition in Adolescence”, May 2017 and “Institutionalizing Diversity and Social Justice”.  National Association of Social Workers, NJ Chapter Annual Conference, May 2017 and April 2018

“Institutionalizing Diversity:  Moving beyond the Rhetoric to Reality and Implementation” and “Inclusive Leaders:  Making the Invisible Visible—Confronting and Dismantling Barriers to Institutional Discrimination within your Organization”.  Sixth Annual Culture Counts Conference, Montclair State University, May 2018

“Let’s Talk about Opposition in Adolescence”, NASW, Washington D.C., June 2018

“Creating Sustainable Inclusion within Our Sisterhood”, Annual Leadership Training, Theta Phi Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., September 2018


“Institutionalizing Diversity and Social Justice”.  National Association of Social Workers, NJ Chapter, October 2018

“Hip Hop and Social Work”.  Monmouth University School of Social Work PEP, October 2018

“Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Inclusion:  Institutionalizing Diversity and Dismantling Structural Discrimination, November and December 2018, Statewide, New Jersey

“Let’s Talk about Opposition in Adolescence”, Rutgers SSW Continuing Education, December 2018 and January 2019

Professional Associations

Council of Social Work Education

National Association of Black Social Workers

National Association of Social Workers


Pink Heart Award—Fighting for Social Justice, Civil Rights and Civic Engagement, North Atlantic Region, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., February 2018

Minority Doctoral Fellowship, Council of Social Work Education, 2016 - 2017

Outstanding Doctoral Instructor Award, Rutgers School of Social Work, May 2016

Fu Fellowship Recipient—MSW Program, 2003 – 2005

Bloomfield College Service Award – 2001

Charlotte W. Newcombe Mature Woman Scholarship, 1998 -2000

Delta Mu Delta Honor Society

Beta Chapter of Alpha Chi Honor Society

Additional Information

Co-Advisor, Tau Eta Undergraduate Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Monmouth University