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 Yang, Jessica   Name: Jessica L. Yang
Title: Assistant Professor; Assessment Coordinator
PhD, University of Denver
MSW, Appalachian State University

BSW, Appalachian State University
Office: 112 Bancroft Hall  
Phone: 803/323-3390
Dr. Yang is an Assistant Professor in the Social Work Department at Winthrop University. She began her social work educational journey at Appalachian State where she earned both her BSW and her MSW before moving on to the University of Denver where she earned her doctorate. Dr. Yang is a passionate social worker, teacher, and researcher who has devoted her career to improving outcomes for marginalized youth with a specific passion for those served by the foster care system. Currently, she is working on projects examining disproportionate discipline practices affecting students of color and the impact of foster care on individuals throughout their life span. Additionally Dr. Yang engages in research regarding systemic racism and oppression in larger systems such as schools or child welfare and the impacts of these experiences on individuals of color. Prior to entering into academia Yang worked in public child welfare in rural North Carolina. Here she investigated allegations of child maltreatment, provided in home services to families in need, and facilitated foster care and adoptive placements when necessary. Dr. Yang teaches courses in both the BSW and MSW programs here at Winthrop and some of her favorite courses are practice and theory. Dr. Yang is licensed in the state of South Carolina as an independent social worker specializing in clinical practice.
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