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Charity Watkins, PhD, LCSW

Professor - North Carolina Central University

Charity Watkins, PhD, LCSW

Professor - North Carolina Central University

Biography

Being Black and being woman leaves you at the intersection of two very dangerous streets. Look both ways before crossing.

Dr. Charity S. Watkins is a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Social Work at North Carolina Central University. Dr. Watkins teaches undergraduate and graduate-level social work courses on human behavior and the social environment, introductory direct practice, and research. Dr. Watkins also advises MSW students, serves on departmental and university-level committees, and actively participates in and leads various research initiatives at NC Central and in partnership with Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill, and community-based organizations.

Dr. Watkins received her B.A. in Sociology, MSW in Social Work, and Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During her time as a student at UNC Chapel Hill, Dr. Watkins actively engaged in initiatives and activism to promote racial equity and combat racism in the School of Social Work and in the larger campus community. Dr. Watkins served in both formal and informal roles as she collaborated with fellow students, staff, faculty, and administration to address racial inequities in student enrollment, faculty hiring, explicit curricula, implicit curricula, and in the campus climate.

Dr. Watkins’s research interests include parenting among low-income African American parents, academic resilience, racial equity, socioeconomic equity, and how positive parenting strategies influence the academic outcomes of elementary school children. She has also begun to explore racial disparities in cardiovascular disease with a special focus on heart conditions experienced by Black women following pregnancy and childbirth after her own heart attack and heart failure diagnosis. To combine her clinical training in social work, experience as a WomenHeart champion, and expertise in quantitative and qualitative research, Dr. Watkins ultimately aims to translate her research to practice in efforts to advocate for Black women, children, and families experiencing socioeconomic disadvantage.

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