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Welcome, New Faculty
June 16, 2021

Rutgers School of Social Work is pleased to announce the hiring of three new faculty members. Assistant Professor and Chancellor’s Scholar for Inclusive Excellence in Intimate Partner Violence Prevention & Intervention Maxine Davis, Associate Professor of Professional Practice Tawanda Hubbard, and Associate Professor and Chancellor’s Scholar for Inclusive Excellence in Interpersonal Violence Research Chiara Sabina will begin in their roles on September 1, 2021. They join new faculty member Cory Morton, who began in his role as assistant research professor at the School of Social Work in January. 

Please join us in welcoming them to the School of Social Work.

Dr. Maxine Davis is a second-generation activist who is passionate about discovering how to end violence perpetration in romantic and intimate relationships. She studies people who act abusively and interventions that are designed to help them change. As a scholar of intimate partner violence and abuse (IPV/A), she is particularly focused on interventions to assist Black and Latino men in ending abusive behaviors in their romantic relationships. Dr. Davis completed her PhD in social work from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis in 2018. With specific attention on Black-American and Latinx populations, her research is guided by former work in partner abuse intervention programs mostly attended by men who were arrested and convicted of domestic violence in Chicago. Her most recent work explores how to reach people who have acted abusively and help them change their behavior outside of the criminal justice/carceral system. As an investigator who also examines the intersection of religious-faith and IPV/A, a related track of her research examines how religion (within a Christian context) is misused to perpetrate IPV/A. Most of her research uses a community-engaged approach, centering the voices of historically excluded racial groups as equal partners. Given the racial health disparities in IPV, she also provides expert commentary on racial justice issues for Black and Latino families in documentaries and other media outlets. Her independent and collaborative work on the experiences of racially minoritized populations has been published in several noteworthy academic journals, including the Journal of Black Sexuality & Relationships; Trauma, Violence, & Abuse; the American Journal of Men's Health; and Nature (Human Behavior). Her research has been funded by several research centers including a national organization in Washington, D.C. Most recently Dr. Davis was named as a recipient of the Louisville Institute 2021 Project Grant for Researchers. The driving force behind her passion is fueled by a spirit of hope that with proper support and resources, people who have acted abusively can become committed to peaceful living.

 Dr. Tawanda Hubbard is a social work educator and practitioner. Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Hubbard taught at Rutgers School of Social Work as a part-time lecturer for over nine years. She was honored in 2016 with the Outstanding Doctoral Student Instructor award and in 2013 and 2014 with Outstanding Adjunct Instructor awards. Recently, Dr. Hubbard was honored with a national teaching leadership award in higher education by JV Educational Consultants in March 2021. Dr. Hubbard is a LCSW with over 15 years of experience in child welfare, behavioral health, and clinical practice. She currently provides individual, couple, and family therapy as a private practitioner. She is a certified child sexual abuse therapist and REBT therapist. Dr. Hubbard holds postmasters in clinical practice with adolescents and spirituality from NYU. She is a trained family therapist in Bowen’s intergenerational therapy and trained in family therapy at Ackerman Institute for the Family and Multicultural Family Institute. Dr. Hubbard is a clinical supervisor, consultant trainer, and she conducts workshops and webinars on her scholarship interests. Dr. Hubbard is the immediate past president of the NASW-NJ Chapter, former faculty at MUSSW and CSWE Doctoral Minority Fellowship Program Alumna. She has held positions as a DYFS worker, clinical youth case manager, youth therapist, lead youth therapist, and supervisor at a therapeutic foster home program. Dr. Hubbard currently serves on Rutgers School of Social Work's Alumni Advisory Council, CSWE Doctoral MFP Advisory Council and is active in her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is currently pursuing her second doctorate, a PhD in Family Science and Human Development at Montclair State University.

 Dr. Chiara Sabina’s research centers on interpersonal victimization, especially intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and dating violence among Latinos.  Dr. Sabina employs a contextual, strengths-based perspective with respect to interpersonal violence focusing on understudied groups, the influence of cultural variables, help-seeking responses, and examination of the service-delivery system. Dr. Sabina has received grants from the Fulbright Scholar Program, National Institute of Justice, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Vision of Hope, and National Sexual Violence Resource Center to conduct her work on Latino victimization, victim needs, violence prevention, domestic violence services, and culturally-informed services. Dr. Sabina is Senior Consulting Editor for Psychology of Violence and is a member of the Research Advisory Board of the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities.


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