Charnetta Gadling-Cole, PhD

Department Chair of Social Work and Child Life at Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor

Charnetta Gadling-Cole, PhD

Department Chair of Social Work and Child Life at Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor


Dr. Charnetta Gadling-Cole earned her PhD in social work from Howard University, Master of Social Work from the University of South Carolina and BA in psychology from Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU). She pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority at her alma mater, JCSU. Currently, she is chair of the Department of Social Work and Child Life at Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor and the Founder/President of Just 4 Me Consultants, LLC https://j4mconsultants.com/the-president.

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Dr. Gadling-Cole has over 20 years of administrative experience which includes grant writing, program/policy development, quality assurance, accreditation oversight and fundraising. She has served as a Fellow at the National Institute of Health (focusing on cancer research protocols and bioethics), Prince Georges County Government and the Gerontological Society of America.  

She was a Frederick Douglass Visiting Scholar at West Chester University, a University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Geriatric Education Center Faculty Scholar, a UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center: Health Disparities Research Training Program Scholar and a Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research Summer Scholar. She has extensive experience working with faith-based and non-profit agencies nationally and internationally including, South Africa, Kenya and Haiti. 

Dr. Gadling-Cole’s scholarly work includes books (Caregivers for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS in Kenya: An Ecological Perspective, African American Caregivers: Seasons of Care and African American Women in Academia: Intersectionality of Race and Gender), refereed journal publications and presentations in the areas of family group conference models, HIV/AIDS, gerontology and international social work. In her roles as a researcher, she has been appointed as a scientist in five federally funded academic centers and was the first appointed social work-disciplined scientist for the UAB Center for AIDS Research. She has served as Principal Investigator and consultant for funded research and community grants.

Dr. Gadling-Cole co-founded the Office for Global Social Service Research at UAB and the Center for Global Social Service a Research at Alabama A&M University for which she served as the Director. She established the first Rotaract club on a University Campus in the State of Alabama sponsored by Madison Rotary Club. While serving as an administrator, Dr. Gadling-Cole’s spearheaded an initiative to develop and implement the Professional Development School Project (PDSP). PSDP provides college prep programs and services to high school students to foster successful transition into the University https://www.insocialwork.org/episode.asp?ep=218.

Dr. Gadling-Cole is a founding member of the Huntsville Chapter Association of Black Women in Higher Education; it is the first chapter to be established in the southeast region. During her tenure as a faculty member she served as the Vice-President for the African American Faculty Association. While serving as a member of the National Association of Deans and Directors (NADD) of Schools of Social Work she co-founded the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Social Work Network. She is the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Gender, Information and Development in Africa (JGIDA) and serves as a reviewer for numerous refereed journals. Also, she is the Editor for an African American Women book series https://novapublishers.com/product-category/series/african-american-women/. Most recently, she served as the lead author of an Opioid Impacted Family Support Program 2.2 million grant proposal that was funded by the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) to expand access to behavioral health services for families

affected by opioids and other substance use disorders in Wisconsin and Michigan. Dr. Gadling-Cole is the Principal Investigator/Project Director for the HRSA certificate training program https://blog.cuw.edu/hrsa-grant.

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