Dr. Edna Comer will take the reins as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the School of Social Work on August 23, 2016. She joined the School of Social Work faculty in 1998 and teaches in the Groupwork curriculum area, frequently serving as Chair. She has also served as Chair of the Educational Policy Committee, Black Experience Faculty Search Committee, and the Educational Review Committee. Dr. Comer holds a joint appointment with the UConn Medical School where she works weekly with psychiatric residents and is the Faculty Consultant from Social Work for the Urban Services Track. In addition, she developed a 3 year plan for African American doctoral candidates in the Hartford area aimed at providing culturally responsive support and skill development for students in predominantly white universities.
“Dr. Comer brings years of practice and academic experience, a comprehensive understanding of the aspirational needs, promise and challenges of the SSW and its faculty. She is highly regarded by both faculty and staff and is well poised to directly influence the direction of the School of Social Work and its programs”, said Dean Nina Rovinelli Heller.
In the community, Dr. Comer has served on the Advisory Board of Directors for the Black Family Enrichment Program of Catholic Charities; on the Board of Directors for Wheeler Clinic; on the Board of the Family Advocacy Organization for Children’s Behavioral Health; and on the Internal Review Board for the Village for Families and Children.
Her scholarship is in the areas of social group work, health care, (particularly multiple sclerosis and sickle cell anemia), evidenced based practice and issues facing underrepresented populations, including students and scholars. She has also served as major and associate advisor for our doctoral students.