Valerie L. Radu, PhD, LCSW

Program Director - Master in Social Work

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Areas of Expertise:

  • Trauma informed practice
  • Women-focused practice
  • Nature-based clinical work
  • Social work ethics
  • Diversity and leadership

Education:

  • PhD, Social Work, Case Western, Ohio
  • MSW, Walla Walla University, WA
  • BSW, Southern Adventist University, TN

Dissertation:

  • ​An Examination of the Effect of the GeroRich Project in the BSW Curriculum

Certifications and /or Licenses:

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in TN (1996)
  • Level II Certified Ecotherapist from the Earth Body Institute (2018)

Select Publications:

  • Transforming Family Justice Center Services: Creating New Pathways of Hope and Healing for Polyvictims - Integrative Clinician October 1, 2019 – present).  $676,000 competitive grant from the Office of Victims of Crime (OVC) with the City of Chattanooga Family Justice Center.  Provide funding, training, and resources for the implementation and evaluation of a polyvictimization evidence-based screening tool and enhancement of integrative clinical services for survivors of multiple types of victimizations.
  • Enhancing Abuse in Later Life Grant - Principle Investigator (October 1, 2017 – present).  $376,000 competitive grant from the Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) with the City of Chattanooga Family Justice Center.  Provide funding, training, and resources for elder justice grant coordinator to provide outreach and liaison work with law enforcement and advocates serving vulnerable adults.

Select Professional Experience:

  • Faculty, NCU MSW program
  • Faculty, Walden University MSW program
  • Department Head, Social Work, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • BSW Program Coordinator, Social Work Department, Southern Adventist University
  • Executive Director, Hamilton County Chattanooga Family Justice Center