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Jennifer C Spaulding-Givens

Assoc Professor / Chair

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

Doctor of Philosophy, Social Work, Florida State University

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

Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, 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 Policy, 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 Associate Professor and the MSW Program Director. She has been a member of the UNF faculty since 2006.

Awards

2017-2019
Community Engagement Research Fellow, Center for Community-Based Learning, University of North Florida

 

2015-2016
Engagement Scholar, Center for Community-Based Learning, University of North Florida

 

2013
Social Work Educator of the Year, Northeast Unit of the National Association of Social Workers Florida Chapter

 

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

 

2011-2012
Community Scholar, Center for Community-Based Learning, University of North Florida

 

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

 

2010-2011
Paid Development Leave, University of North Florida

 

2009
Women’s Center Hall of Champions, University of North Florida

 

2002
Summer Fellow, Institute for Humane Studies

Grants and Contracts Awarded

2015-2016
Co-Principal Investigator, Title IV-E Child Welfare Education Program, Funded by the University of Central Florida, Total award $91,831

 

2015-2016
Principal Investigator and Inaugural Florida Scholar, Funded by the Florida Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, Total award $2,000

Publications & Presentations

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

 

Spaulding-Givens, J. (in press). Participants’ goals, resources, and barriers: Person-centered assessment and planning in self-directed care. American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

 

Spaulding-Givens, J., Hughes, S., & Lacasse, J. R. (2019). Money matters: Participants’ experiences with a budget authority model of self-directed care. Social Work in Mental Health, 17(3), 323-343.

 

Hughes, S., Lacasse, J., Fuller, R., & Spaulding-Givens, J. (2017). Adverse effects and treatment satisfaction among online users of four antidepressants. Psychiatry Research, 255, 78-86.

 

Weng, S. S., & Spaulding-Givens, J. (2017). Strategies for working with Asian Americans in mental health: Community members’ policy perspectives and recommendations. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 44(5), 771-781.

 

Weng, S. S., & Spaulding-Givens, J. (2017). Informal mental health support in the Asian American community and culturally appropriate strategies for community-based mental health organizations. Human Services Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance, 41(2) 119-132.

 

Clark, P., & Spaulding-Givens, J. (2016). Can a low-complexity community-based project have transformative effects? Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, 21(1), 127-149.

 

Spaulding-Givens, J., & Lacasse, J. (2015). Self-directed care: Participants’ service utilization and outcomes. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 38(1), 74-80.

 

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. 

 

 

PEER-REVIEWED PRESENTATIONS

 

Clark, P., & Spaulding-Givens, J. (2019). Can a low-complexity community-based project have transformative effects? Paper presented at Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors Annual Conference, Jacksonville, FL.

 

Spaulding-Givens, J., Lacassee, J., & Hughes, S. (2019). Money matters: Participants’ experiences in a budget authority model of self-directed care. Poster presented at Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.

 

Croft, B., & Spaulding-Givens, J. (2017). Mental health self-direction: Recent research from Florida Self-Directed Care and a national multi-site process evaluation. Paper presented at Temple University 2017 Summer Institute on Community Inclusion, Philadelphia, PA.

 

Weng, S., & Spaulding-Givens, J. (2017). Informal mental health support in the Asian American community and culturally appropriate strategies for community-based mental health organizations. Poster presented at Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

 

Spaulding-Givens, J. (2016). Enhancing evidence-based program planning: A university-community partnership. Poster presented at the Engagement Scholarship Consortium Annual Conference, Omaha, NE.

 

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. 

 

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Contact Information

Building 51, Room 2237

(904) 620-1640

j.spaulding-givens@unf.edu