GSSM Alumnus Receives Distinguished Research Award in the Social Sciences at University of Memphis

September 13, 2017

Hartsville, SC – The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) is pleased to announce Dr. Susan Neely-Barnes, GSSM Class of 1992, received the Distinguished Research Award in the Social Sciences at the University of Memphis.

Neely-Barnes is professor and chair of the Department of Social Work at the University of Memphis. Prior to becoming chair, she served as the master's in social work program coordinator for four years. In fall of 2014, she served as fellow in the Provost's office at the University of Memphis and worked on faculty diversity and student success initiatives.


She is the author of twenty-seven publications and more than forty conference presentations. She has been the recipient of six research grants totaling more than $1.5 million. Neely-Barnes' research is focused on empowering people with disabilities and improving the knowledge base in social work around services for people with disabilities and their family members.

She received her Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of Washington in 2005, her MSW from Washington University in St. Louis in 1999, and her BA from Duke University in 1996.

Neely-Barnes has more than ten years of teaching experience at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral level in the areas of research, evaluation, human behavior in the social environment, practice with families, and disability

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