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Andrea Joseph-McCatty

Assistant Professor of Social Work, University of Tennessee

Andrea Joseph-McCatty is an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee Knoxville – College of Social Work. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a PhD in social work where she studied the use of restorative practices to address racially disproportional school suspensions. Prior to this, she worked for the Anti-Defamation League designing and facilitating anti-bias and anti-bullying programs for students and educators in K-12 schools and university settings. During her doctoral studies, Dr. Joseph-McCatty served as a Fulbright Postgraduate at University College of London – Institute of Education. As a Fulbright Postgraduate, she earned an MA in Social Justice and Education studying racially disproportional school exclusions in England. Currently, Dr. Joseph-McCatty conducts research on interventions to address gendered and racially disproportionate school discipline and examines the relationship between student trauma and school discipline. As such, Dr. Joseph-McCatty is especially interested in the creation of inclusive schools and the ways educators, school social workers, and staff can use cultural humility, anti-racist practices, and trauma-informed care to support inclusive school environments


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    Assistant Professor of Social Work, University of Tennessee