Mount Vernon Nazarene University: Life Changing

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Dr. Brenita NicholasDr. Brenita Nicholas
brenita.nicholas@mvnu.edu
(740) 392-6868 Ext. 3704

Education:
  • Doctor of Philosophy, August 2011
    The Ohio State University, Columbus OH
    International Social Work, Social Development, and Research
  • Master of Social Work, June 1993
    The Ohio State University, Columbus OH
    Concentration: Child and Family Welfare
  • Bachelor of Science, May 1991
    Olivet Nazarene University, Kankakee IL
    Major: Social Work, Minor: Psychology and Music
Professional Experience:
  • Director of Regional Operations, 2011-2013
    Bethany Global Services, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Adjunct Instructor and Fulltime Doctoral, 2010-2011
    The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • Associate Professor of Social Work, 1995-2010
    Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Mount Vernon, OH
  • Clinical Social Worker, 1993-1995
    Horizons Mental Health Center, Hutchinson, KS
Awards and Recognitions:
  • President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2005- 2006
    Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Mount Vernon, Ohio
  • Fulbright Grant, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC
    Grant funded 12-months of qualitative field work and semi-structured interviews exploring the needs, networks (the creation and use of social capital), and resiliencies among Romanian street children in Bucharest, Romania.
  • Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honor's Society, May 2012 (doctoral studies) and May 1993 (graduate studies)
    The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Professional Organizations: Published Works and Presentations:
  • Nicholas, B. & Wright, R. (2010). "If my hand hurts, he feels my pain too": Attachment states of mind and conceptualizations of friendship among street children in Bucharest. Romanian Journal of Experiential Psychotherapy, 13(2), 3-13.
  • Kale, D., Nicholas, B., & Washatka, J. (November 2007). Assessment of Moral Reasoning in Traditional and Nontraditional Students. Research presented at IUPUI Assessment Institute, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Nicholas, B. (2006). Assessment of Moral Reasoning in a General Education Course. Research presented at the Assessment Institute, Miami, FL.
  • Nicholas, B. & Flannigan, S. (January 2004). Are children's voices heard? Representing Romanian children as stakeholders in the democratic process. Paper presented at the Inter-University Consortium for International Social Development Symposium on Democratic Pluralism, Mumbai, India.
Favorite Subject-Related Links: Favorite Scripture Verses:
  • Jeremiah 29:11-13
  • Micah 6:8
  • Isaiah 42:1-9
  • Philippians 4:4-9
 
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