Jennifer C Spaulding-Givens

Assistant Professor • BSW Program Director

Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work • College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

My areas of interest and expertise include community-based mental health and consumer-directed service delivery and program evaluation, mental health recovery, and the history and sociopolitical economy of psychiatry.

Education

2011  Doctor of Philosophy, Social Work, Florida State University

2001  Master of Social Work (Social Policy & Administration), Florida State University

1998  Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, Magna Cum Laude, Florida State University
 

Biography

Dr. Spaulding-Givens earned a Ph.D. in Social Work from Florida State University, where she also received a Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in Social Policy and Administration. Prior to joining the UNF Faculty, Dr. Spaulding-Givens served as the Operations Coordinator of Florida Self-Directed Care, a public mental health program for indigent adults diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental
illness.
 

Dr. Spaulding-Givens’ current research agenda is devoted to an examination of the self-directed care service delivery model. Her teaching interests range from the history and analysis of social welfare policy to social work practice, administration, and program evaluation. She routinely teaches Social Welfare Institutions, Social Work Communication, Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities, and Inside the Asylum: A History of American Psychiatry.
 

Currently Dr. Spaulding-Givens is an Assistant Professor and the BSW Program Director. She has been a member of the UNF faculty since 2006.

Awards

2014 Selected as an Engagement Scholar for 2015-2016, Center for Community-Based Learning, University of North Florida

 

2013 Awarded the inaugural Florida Scholar Award, Florida Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers
 

2013  Recognized as Social Work Educator of the Year by the Northeast Unit of the National Association of Social Workers Florida Chapter

 

2011  Awarded the Dianne F. Harrison Award, College of Social Work, Florida State University

 

2011  Selected as a Community Scholar for the 2011-2012 Academic Year, Center for Community-Based Learning, University of North Florida

 

2011  Awarded an Engaged Department Incentive, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, University of North Florida

 

2009  Award a one-semester Paid Development Leave for the 2010-2011 Academic Year, University of North Florida

 

2009  Inducted into the University of North Florida Women’s Center Hall of Champions

 

2002  Summer Fellow, Institute for Humane Studies

Publications & Presentations

Peer-Reviewed Publications

 

Spaulding-Givens, J., & Lacasse, J.  (2014).  Self-directed care: Participants’ service utilization and outcomes.  Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal.  doi: 10.1037/prj0000103

 

Lewis, S. J., Lacasse, J. R., & Spaulding-Givens, J. (2010). Mental Illness Beliefs Inventory: A preliminary validation of a measure of the level of belief in the medical model of mental illness. Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, 12(1), 30-43. 

 

Siebert, D.C., Siebert, C.F., & Spaulding-Givens, J. (2006). Teaching clinical social work skills primarily online: An evaluation. Journal of Social Work Education, 42(2), 325-336. 

 

Siebert, D. C., & Spaulding-Givens, J. (2006). Teaching clinical social work skills entirely online: A case example. Social Work Education, 25(1), 83-96. 

 

Smith, T. S., Steen, J. A., Schwendinger, A., Spaulding-Givens, J., Brooks, R. (2005). Gender differences in adolescent attitudes and receptivity to sexual abstinence education. Children and Schools, 27(1), 45-50. 

 

Smith, T., Steen, J., Spaulding-Givens, J., Schwendinger, A. (2003). Measurement error in abstinence education: Research and recommendations. Evaluation in the Health Professions, 26, 180-205.

 

Peer-Reviewed Presentations

 

Spaulding-Givens, J.  (2015).  A case for self-directed care:  FloridaSDC participants’ self-identified recovery goals and resources and barriers impacting goal achievement.  E-Poster presented at Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

 

Spaulding-Givens, J.  (2014).  Using reflective activities to enhance and assess student outcomes in community-based learning.  Paper presented at Gulf-South Summit, Auburn, AL.

 

Spaulding-Givens, J.  (2014).   In the trenches: Utilizing community-based learning to teach social work practice with organizations and communities.  Poster presented at Gulf-South Summit, Auburn, AL.

 

Spaulding-Givens, J.,  & Lacasse, J.  (2014).  Florida self-directed care: A descriptive study of participants' service utilization and outcomes.  Poster presented at Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.

 

Lewis, R., Lacasse, J., & Spaulding-Givens, J.  (2014).  Evidence-based psychiatric treatment in a state hospital: Prevalence of antipsychotic polypharmacy.  Poster presented at Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.

 

Spaulding-Givens, J. (2011). Florida self-directed care: An exploratory study of participants’ characteristics, goals, service utilization, and outcomes. Paper presented at the International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA. 

 

Spaulding-Givens, J. (2010). Florida self-directed care: A choice-based service delivery model. Paper presented at International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology Annual Conference, Syracuse, NY. 

 

Spaulding-Givens, J. (2010). The empirical and ethical import of the inclusion of clients in client satisfaction measurement research. Paper presented at International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology Annual Conference, Syracuse, NY. 

 

Spaulding-Givens, J., Lacasse, J., & Lewis, S. J. (2004). The outpatient attitudes treatment scale (OTAS): A validation study. Paper presented at Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA. 

 

Lacasse, J., Lewis, S. J., & Spaulding-Givens, J. (2004). The mental illness beliefs inventory (MIBI): A validation study. Poster presented at Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA. 

 

Smith, T., Steen, J., & Spaulding-Givens, J. (2003). The efficacy of abstinence education in Florida. Paper presented at Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. 

 

Mathieson, S., Lacasse J., & Spaulding-Givens, J. (2002). The first six years of SSWR: Trends in the quantity and type of research dissemination. Paper presented at Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, San Diego, California.
 

Spaulding-GivensContact Information

Building 0003, Room 2203

(904) 620-1640

j.spaulding-givens@unf.edu