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Oliver WilliamsTricia Bent-Goodley, Ph.D., LICSW
Howard University
Washington, DC

Tricia B. Bent-Goodley is Professor of Social Work at Howard University. Dr. Bent-Goodley's research and writing has focused on developing community and faith-based interventions in the areas of domestic violence, dating violence, HIV prevention, and healthy relationship education. She has a passion for building solutions to improve the safety and viability of Black families and communities with a particular focus on the development of culturally competent interventions that build on the strengths of the community. Highly regarded for her scholarship, Dr. Bent-Goodley actively seeks to make her research and writing relevant to responding to compelling social justice and human rights issues. She is a motivational and energizing speaker that is able to engage a wide variety of audiences from middle school students to research scientists. Dr. Bent-Goodley firmly believes that "to whom much is given, much is expected" and so she actively provides service at the local and national level. For example, she is a member of the NASW Committee on Women's Issues, CSWE Council on Leadership Development, Co-Chair of the NABSW Academy for African-Centered Social Work, Board Member of Community Education Group, Steering Committee Member of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community, Resource Member for the International Program Committee of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and a member of the Prince Georges County Domestic Violence Fatality Review. She currently serves as the Principal Investigator/Project Director of the Campus Safety First Program (CSFP), a Howard University domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking prevention initiative funded by the Office on Violence Against Women.

Prior to coming to Howard University School of Social Work, Dr. Bent-Goodley provided countywide leadership in the area of child welfare and family violence prevention where she worked with issues of foster care, preventive services, domestic violence, fatherhood promotion, substance abuse, and building community and policy partnerships to advance change. She has also been a school social worker and manager of community-based programs in some of the most economically and challenging areas in Harlem and Queens County, New York. As a mental health practitioner and consultant, Dr. Bent-Goodley worked with youth in juvenile settings to support their healthy growth and development.

Dr. Bent-Goodley received her Ph.D. in Social Policy, Planning and Analysis from Columbia University, her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Queens College of the City University of New York. Dr. Bent-Goodley finds greatest joy in being a wife and mother of two boys.