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Deborah Holt, PhD in Social Work

Professor, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Areas of Expertise:

  • Social work practice in the areas of mental health, intimate partner violence and practice ethics


  • PhD in Social Work, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL


  • Exploring the Decision to Leave a Violent Partner

Research Areas of Interest:

  • ​Social work licensure
  • Intimate partner violence

Certifications and /or licenses:

  • LCSW

Selected Professional Experience:

  • What Works: Identifying common elements of social work programs in states with the highest licensure exam pass rates funded by the American Foundation for Research and Consumer Education in Social Work Regulation, Inc. (AFRCESWR) 2014-2016 -this grant-funded research project examines common factors in representative programs in the five states identified by ASWB as having the highest pass rates on the social work licensure exam.
  • Domestic Violence Shelter Residents' Substance Abuse Treatment Needs, Options, Schumacher, J. & Holt, D. in Aggression and Violent Behavior February, 2012

Select Professional Experience:

  • Department Chair and Associate Professor
    • Mississippi College 1982-2000 and 2012 – 2020
  • Associate Clinical Professor, MSW Program
    • Jackson State University
    • 2000-2012
  • CE Coordinator
    • MS Board of Examiners
    • 2012-present