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Laurel Hitchcock

  • PhD /Assistant Professor
  • Assistant Professor of Social Work
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • 3PublicationsNumber of items in Laurel's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 5Followers

Recent publications

  • The Early Years of Title V: Extending and Improving Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs, 1935–1941

    • Hitchcock L
    • Mulvihill B
  • Social Work Practitioners and Practice Evaluation: How Are We Doing?

    • Baker L
    • Stephens F
    • Hitchcock L
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Professional experience

Assistant Professor of Social Work

University of Alabama at Birmingham

August 2013 - Present

Director/Assistant Professor of Social Work

University of Montevallo

August 2009 - May 2013(4 years)


PhD in Social Work

The University of Alabama

September 2005 - December 2009(4 years)


The University of Alabama

May 1996 - May 1998(2 years)


University of Alabama at Birmingham

September 1994 - May 1996(2 years)

BA - Psychology

University of Wisconsin at Madison

August 1987 - August 1991(4 years)


Dr. Laurel Iverson Hitchcock is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She completed her PhD in Social Work at the University of Alabama in 2009. She has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Social Welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (’91), a Masters in Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (’96), and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Alabama (’98). She has been a Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) since 2000 and a Certified Private Independent Social Work Practitioner (PIP) since 2001. Dr. Hitchcock has over ten years of experience as a social worker in the areas of health care and community mental health. Prior to her career in social work, Dr. Hitchcock served as a Peace Corp Volunteer in Senegal, West Africa (’91-’93), and as an AmeriCorps Volunteer with the Jefferson County Department of Public Health’s Healthy Start Program in Birmingham, AL (’94-’95). Dr. Hitchcock’s research and pedagogical interests include social work education, technology and social media, social welfare history and public health social work. Her dissertation research focused on the development of the federal program for children with special health care needs (CSHCN) under the US Children’s Bureau during the 1930s. One of her current research project examines the role of social media literacies in professional social work practice. In 2012, she received the SAGE/CSWE Award for Innovative Teaching for her work incorporating different social media assignments into her courses. She has experience teaching the following courses: Statistics for Social Work Research, Social Work Research, Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Social Policy, Social Work Practice with Small Groups, Communities and Organizations, Summer Harvest and Social Work in Public Health.

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