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Paul G Clark

Assistant Professor

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

Areas of Expertise

Sociology, Social Work, Psychopathology, Family Therapy


  • Ph.D., Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2008.
  • M.S.W., Norfolk State University, 1985.
  • B.A., Sociology, Christopher Newport College, 1981.


Dr. Clark received a PhD in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He earned the MSW from Norfolk State University with a dual concentration in social work practice in mental health and macro practice settings. Prior to earning the MSW, Dr. Clark received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Christopher Newport College.

Dr. Clark’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of social work practice in health and mental health settings, behavioral oncology, development of evidence-based practice in community oncology settings, and the role of social work in cancer survivorship. He is particularly interested in the efficacy and effectiveness of social work interventions for decreasing cancer-related distress and improvement of quality of life.

In addition to his experience as an educator and researcher, Dr. Clark has engaged in the practice of social work in health and mental health settings for more than 25 years as both a clinician and administrator.

Dr. Clark is an assistant professor of social work. He joined the faculty at the University of North Florida in August 2014.


  • Nominee - George Mason University Advisor of the Year, 2012.
  • Master Teacher Award, George Mason University, College of Health and Human Services, Fairfax, VA, 2011.
  • Best Research Poster. American Psychosocial Oncology Society, Anaheim, CA. Using Reiki, Yoga, Meditation of Patient Education to Address Physical and Psychological Symptoms Related to Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN): A Pilot Study, 2011.
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Leadership Award, 2006.


  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Academy of Certified Social Workers
  • Association of Oncology Social Workers
  • Florida Society of Oncology Social Workers
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • Society for Social Work and Research

Grants and Contracts Awarded

Need Sleep? A cognitive behavioral intervention for cancer patients with insomnia. (Co-
Investigator), James Zabora, P.I.. Funding requested for $15,000 from Inova Health System Seed Research Grant for Inova-affiliated investigators [submitted May 2013 – accepted August 2013]

Does time of survivorship care planning reduce distress of cancer patients? (Co-
investigator 25%), James Zabora P.I. Funding requested for $405,000 over two
years. National Institutes of Health – National Cancer Institute Examination of
Survivorship Care Planning Efficacy and Impact (R21) PA-12-274 [submitted
February 2013]

Project 6C: Improving Adjuvant Oral Drug Adherence among Diverse Patients with Limited
Health Literacy (Co-Investigator, Melinda Villagran, P. I.). Funding for $48,500 for two
years from the Mason-Inova Life Sciences Research Collaboration Fund. [Funded
September 2009]

A Randomized, Four-Arm Study Comparing Reiki, Yoga, Meditation, or Patient Education
Group for Addressing Symptoms of Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy
(Principal Investigator). Funding for one year at $17,300 from the George Mason
University Center for Consciousness and Transformation. 2009.

My Navigator: An Online Program for Young Adults with Cancer (Co-principal investigator with
Eric Cohen and Pamela Maroulis). Funding for one year at $10,000 from the Lance
Armstrong Foundation. 2006

Publications & Presentations

  • Clark, P. G. & Bolte, S. (2015). Living with cancer: A sense-making approach. In G.
    Christ, C. Messner, L. Behar, & B. Zebrack (Eds.), Handbook of oncology social
    Work: Psychosocial Care for People with Cancer. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
  • Clark, P. G., Bolte, S., Buzaglo, J., Golant, M., Daratsos, L., & Loscalzo, M. (2012). From distress guidelines to developing models of psychosocial care: Current best practices. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 30(6), 694-714. doi:10.1080/0734733202012.721488
  • Clark, P.G., Cortese-Jimenez, G., & Cohen, E. (2012). Using reiki, yoga, meditation, or education groups in the management of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy: Results of a four-Arm pilot study. Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine, 17(3), 161-171. doi: 10.1177/2156587212450175
  • Clark, P. G., Brehwaite, D.S., & Rochon, E. (2011). Screening for psychological and physical distress in a cancer inpatient treatment setting: A pilot study. Psycho-Oncology, 20, 644-668. doi: 10.1002/pon.1908
  • Tompkins, C.J., Ernst, J.S., Ihara, E.S., & Clark, P.G. (2011) Two birds with one stone: Using CSWE competencies to infuse gero-ed experiences. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, 16, 63-83.
  • Clark, P.G., Gnesdiloff, S., Brethwaite, D.S., (2011). Providing support at time of death from cancer: Results of a five-year post bereavement group study. Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care, 7(2-3), 195-215.
  • Clark, P.G. (2010) Decreasing psychological distress in cancer inpatients using FLEX Care: A pilot study. Social Work in Health Care, 49(9), 872-890.
  • Abell, M., Davey, T., Clark, P., & Perkins, N. (2010). Community case management intervention for hard-to-place homeless families leaving emergency shelter. Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless, 19(1-2), 121-148.
  • McDaniel, J.G., & Clark, P.G. (2009) The new adult orphan: Issues and considerations for care providers. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 35(12), 44-49.
  • Cramer, E.P. & Clark P.G. (2006). Evaluation of the cut out domestic violence program in Virginia. Family Violence and Sexual Assault Bulletin

Contact Information

Building 0004, Room 2609

(904) 620-5296