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Social Work Faculty and Staff - Jay Gabbard

Jay Gabbard, Ph.D., MSW

Jay Gabbard, Ph.D., MSW

Associate Professor

Office:  Academic Complex 211C
Phone:  270-745-8749


Teaching and Research Interests:

Research Methods

Cultural Competency and Diversity Pedagogy

Forensic Social Work

Child Welfare


Social Work Education 

Online Instruction and Technology

Social Work with Pacific Island Peoples


Educational Background:

B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology

Washington and Lee University, 1994

MSW, University of South Carolina, 1999

Ph.D., University of Alabama, 2004


Desrosiers, P., Gabbard, W. J., & Funk, E. (2015). Best practices in teaching professional graduate writing online (Manuscript accepted for publication in Online Journal of Distance Education and e-Learning (will be published in October 2015).

Gabbard, W. J. (2014). Maintaining fa'a Samoa: Transnational Samoans in the United States. In H. F. O. Vakalahi & M. Godinet (Eds.), Transnational Pacific Islander Americans and social work: Dancing to the beat of a different drum. Washington, DC: NASW Press.

Jaggers, J. J., Gabbard, W. J., & Jaggers, S. (2014). The devolution of U.S. immigration policy: An examination of the history and future of immigration policy. Journal of Policy Practice, 13, 3-15.

Abell, C., Jepson, T., & Gabbard, W. J. (2012). The level of use of PDAs by nurse practitioners and administrative barriers. Computers, Informatics, and Nursing, 30(10), 562-567.

Gabbard, W. J., & Starks, S., Cappiccie, A., & Jaggers, J. (2011). An effective model of teaching cultural competency to MSW students in a global society. Journal of Human and Social Sciences, 6(2), 204-208.

Lin, M. B., Gabbard, W. J., Hwang, Y. S., & Jaggers, J. (2011). Urban community based services in China: Tensions in the transitions. Community Development Journal, 46(1), 122-131.   

Gabbard, W. J., Snyder, C., Lin, M., Chadha, J., May, J. D., & Jaggers, J. (2007).Methodological issues in enumerating homeless individuals: A case study. Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless, 16(2), 90-103

Gabbard, W. J., Nelson-Gardell, D., Miller, K., & Chamiec-Case, R. (2006). Spirituality and religiosity of homeless individuals: A preliminary investigation. Arete 30(1), 150-162.

Gabbard, W. J., Ford, B. K., & May, J. D. (2006). The Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act: A historical overview. Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless, 15(2), 99-115.

Snyder, C., Gabbard, W. J., May, J. D., & Zulcic, N. (2006). On the battleground of women’s bodies: Mass rape in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 21(2), 184-195.

Snyder, C. S., May, J. D., Zulcic, N., & Gabbard, W. J. (2005). Social work with Bosnian Muslim refugee children and families: A review of the literature. Child Welfare 84(5), 607-630.


Advisor-Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society National Chapter Service Award (2015)

WKU College of Health and Human Services Faculty Award for Public Service (2013)

Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society National Advisor of the Year (2012)

WKU College of Health and Human Services Faculty Award for Teaching (2007, 2011)

WKU Department of Social Work Distinguished Mentor Award (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2015)

WKU Department of Social Work Distinguished Teaching Award (2005, 2007, 2008)

Teaching Scholar-Teaching Scholars Institute (2008)

Wakonse Teaching Fellow (2008, 2014)

Honorary Captain for WKU Football Team (September 2009)



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