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Dr. Jennifer Spaulding-Givens

Associate Professor & Chair of Social Work

Phone: (904) 620-1640

Office: Building 51, Room 2237



Faculty Bio

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.


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


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.