A Foundation of Strengths. A Vision of Justice. A Mission of Change.

Crystal Coles

Assistant Professor
Primary office:
Twente Hall
Room 309


Academic Areas

Child welfare and the intersection of the African-American/Black diaspora through the lens of health disparities in rural and urban communities; focusing on the child and maternal well-being as a preventative method of children transitioning into the foster care system.


Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University

Teaching Interests

  • Human Behavior and Social Environment, Child Welfare and Policy
  • Social Welfare History
  • Mental Health Practice
  • Health and Social Work
  • Online Teaching

Research Interests

  • Public Child Welfare, Ethnic Minority Mental Health, Mental Health, Child Well-Being
  • Health Disparities
  • Black Maternal Child Health
  • African-American Diaspora
  • Transdisciplinary Research

Selected Publications

Social Welfare Events