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Priscilla Gibson

Associate Professor<br />Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Ph.D., University of Denver
M.S.W. Tulane University
B.S., Southern University at Baton Rouge

Social Work
Room 105 PetH
1404 Gortner Ave
Tel: 612/624-3678

Areas of Interest

Culturally sensitive services to African American families
African American grandmothers as kinship care providers
Families with children who have developmental delays
Qualitative research methods Teaching social justice content

Priscilla Gibson is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota. Previously, she held faculty positions at the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville and J.F. K. Center for Developmental Disabilities, University of Colorado, Health Sciences Center. Dr. Gibson is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Work (LICSW) and has over 25 years of direct social work practice experience. She teaches Social Work Practice with Individuals and Systems, Social Work Practice with Families and Groups, and Advanced Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations. She also conducts a Study Abroad courses in Ghana.

 Dr. Gibson’s research interests include African American grandmothers and other older caregivers in kinship care arrangements, qualitative research methods; teaching social justice content, and mentoring women. She has been awarded funding from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Minnesota Kinship Caregivers Association. From the University of Minnesota, she received the Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) and the Presidents Multicultural Awards.

 Dr. Gibson earned a doctoral degree from the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado; a Masters of Social Work from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana; and a Bachelor of Sciences from  Southern University in Baton, Rouge, Louisiana.

Research Interests

Children's Musical Play in Intergenerational Families and Care Institutions

African American Kinship Caregivers Voicing Their views on School Suspensions and how to mitigate them
 
 


 

Selected Publications

  1. Gibson, P.A. (In Press). Grandparents Caregiving During the Context of a Natural Disaster. In D. Smith-Ruiz & S. L.
         Clark. (Eds.) Contemporary African American Families: Achievements, Challenges, and Empowerment Strategies in
         the 21st Century. Lexington

     

  2. Gibson, P.A., & ValandraF (2014). Grandparenting. NASW Encyclopedia of Social Work Online (ESWO). DOI:
          10.1093/acrefore/9780199975839.013.1149.

  3. Haight, W., Gibson, P.A., Kayama, M., Marshall, J., & Wilson, R.D (In Press). An Ecological-Systems Inquiry into
         Racial Disproportionalities in Out-of-School Suspensions from Youth, Caregiver and Educator Perspectives.
         Children and Youth Services Review. (Conducted literature review, coded data, wrote parts of introduction,
         discussion, and implications for practice).

  4. Tower, L., Faul, A., Hamilton-Mason, J., Collins, W., & Gibson, P.A. (In-Press).
            Work- Life Fit: The Intersection of Developmental Lifecycle and Academic Lifecycle.
            Affilia (Conducted literature review and wrote section on mentoring and part of discussion

     

  5. Gibson, P.A. (2014). Extending the Ally Model of Social Justice to Social Work Pedagogy.
       Journal of Teaching in Social Work, doi:10.1080/08841233,2014.890691

     

  6. Gibson, P.A. (2014). Grandmother Caregiver-in-Chief Continues the Tradition of African
       American Families.  Affilia, doi:10.1177/0886109913519794

     

  7. Gibson, P.A. (2013). [Review of African American Children and Families in Child Welfare Cultural Adaptation of
         Services]. Journal of Teaching Social Work, doi:10.1080/08841233.2014.907717.

  8. Gibson, P.A. & Mendoza, L. (2013). Mentoring Relationship for Faculty from Traditionally Oppressed and
         Underrepresented Groups. In Dominguez, N. & Gandert Y. (Eds.). 6th Annual Mentoring Conference Proceedings:
         Impact & Effectiveness of Developmental Relationships. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico. 

  9. Gibson, P. A. & Haight, W. (2013). Caregivers’ Moral narratives of their African
    American Children’s out-of-school suspensions: Implications for effective
    family-school Collaborations. Social Work. 58 (3), 263-272.

     

  10. Gibson, P. A.  & McGlynn, C. [student] (2013).  Enough is enough: Grandmothers’ strategies for
       mitigating out-of-school suspensions for African American youth. Children and Youth
       Services Review, 35(11), 1836–1842.

     

  11. Gibson, P .A. (2013, September).  Elmer P. Martin.  NASW Encyclopedia of Social Work
      Online (ESWO). doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780199975839.013.903.

     

  12. Gibson, P.A. (2013, July).  Albert R. Roberts.  NASW Encyclopedia of Social Work Online
      (ESWO) doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780199975839.013.846.

     

  13. Gibson, P.A.  & Valandra (in press). Grandparenting. National Association of Social Workers
       (NASW) Online Encyclopedia

     


     

  14. Gibson, PA. & Rinkel, M (in press). Improving the Kinship Search Process: Improving the Chances of Being Placed with Own Family. Journal of Family Society Work. Gibson, P.A. (in press). An African American Tradition in the White House: Marian Robinson as Grandmother Caregiver. Journal of Black Women, Gender, and Families Chances of Being Placed with Own Family. Journal of Family Society Work.  as Grandmother Caregiver. Journal of Black Women, Gender, and Families

  15. Lee, H.Y., Gibson, P.A. & Chaisson, R. (2011). Elderly Korean Immigrants’ Socially and Culturally Constructed Definitions of Elder Neglect. Journal of Aging Studies, 25, 126-134.

  16. Gibson, P. A., & Singh, S. (2010). Lets Caregivers and Children in Informal Kinship Care: Defacto Custodian Legislation. Child Welfare, 89(3), 79-97.

  17. Nelson, J, Gibson, P.A., & Bauer, J. (2010). Kinship Care and Child-Only& Welfare Grants: Low participation despite potential benefits. Journal of Family Social Work,13(1), 3-24.

  18. Abram, L. & Gibson, P.A. (2007). Reframing multicultural education: Teaching & white privilege in social work education, Journal of Social Work Education, 43, 147-160.

  19. Logan, S.L., Denby, R., & Gibson, P.A. (Eds.) (2007). Mental Health in the African American Community. NY: Haworth Press

  20. Gibson, P.A. (2007). Kinship care as a mental health intervention for African American Families. In S.L. Logan, R. Denby, and P.A. Gibson (Eds.) Mental Health in the African  American Community (pp. 265-276). NY: Haworth Press.

  21. Gibson, P.A., & Denby, R. (2007). African American Mental Health: A historical perspective. In S.L. Logan, R. Denby, and P.A. Gibson (Eds.) Mental Health in the African American Community (pp. 3-10). NY: Haworth Press.

  22. Gibson, P.A. (2006). Visiting.  In S. Reich (Ed.) Encyclopedia of The Great Black  Migration (Vol. 2, pp. 857-858). Westport. CT: Greenwood Press.

  23. Gibson, P.A., Nelson-Christinedaughter, J., Kwon, H.K., & Grotevant, H. D.  (2006). The well-being of African American adolescents within formal and informal adoption arrangements. Adoption Quarterly, 9(1), 57-78.

  24. Gibson, P.A., & Scherer, C.C. (2005). The social construction of success for grandchildren by African American grandmothers. Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering, 7(2), 63-75.

  25. Lightfoot, E., & Gibson, P.A. (2005). Universal Design: A new framework for accommodating students in social work courses. Journal of Social Work Education, 41(2), 269-277.

  26. Gibson, P. A. (2005). Intergenerational parenting from the perspective of African American Grandmothers. Family Relations.

  27. Gibson, P. A., & McRoy, R. G. (2004). Cultural Maintenance: Building on the Common Heritage of Black families. In E. M. Freeman & S. L. Logan (Eds.), Reconceptualizing the strengths and common heritage of Black families: Practice, research, and policy issues (pp. 237-265) Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas Publisher.

  28. Gibson, P. A. (2004). Religious expressions of African American grandmother caregivers: Social Work's role with church communities. Arjte.

  29. Gibson, P.A., & Abrams, L. S. (2003). Racial differences in engaging, recruiting, and interviewing in African American communities. Qualitative Social Work: Research and Practice, 2 (4), 457-476.

  30. Gibson, P.A. (2003). Barriers, lessons learned, and helpful hints: Grandmother caregivers talk about service utilization. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 39 (4), 55-74.

  31. Gibson, P.A. (2002). Caregiving affects family relationships of African American grandmothers as new mothers again: A phenomenological perspective. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 28 (3), 341-353.

  32. Gibson, P.A. (2002). African American grandmothers as new mothers again: Answering the call to help their grandchildren. Families in Society, 83 (1), 35-43.

  33. Gibson, P.A. (2000). Developmental mothering in an African American community: From grandmother to new mother again. Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering, 2 (2), 32-41.

  34. Gibson, P.A. (1999). African American grandmothers: New mothers again. Affilia, 14(3), 329-343.

Selected Presentations

  1. Gibson, P.A., O’Brien, P., Thomas, L., & Glass, L. (2011). Women Taking the Lead: Constructing a Personal Vision and Strategies. Leadership Development Institute presented at the56th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Atlanta, GA.

  2. Hyojin, I. & Gibson, P.A., (2011). Observation and Reflection of Practice Skills Using Video Annotation Technology. Paper presented at the 56th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Atlanta, GA.

  3. Emarita, B., Gibson, P. A, Togo, P. & Love, Q. (2011). Engagement, Evaluation, and Meaning: A Natural Systems Approach. Panel presented at the Pan-African Women’s Action Summit (PAWAS), Minneapolis, MN.

  4. Pugh, S., Gibson, P.A., & Valeria, J. (2011). Caregiving Roles and Contributions WeMake Panel presented at the Pan-African Women’s Action Summit (PAWAS), Minneapolis, MN.

  5. Rinkel, M. & Gibson, P.A. (2010). Pre- and Post-Placement Intervention Approach with Kinship Families: Role for Child Protection Workers. Paper presented at the 55th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Portland, OR.

  6. Gibson, P.A., Chaisson, R., & Lee, H. (2010). Teaching Cultural Diversity in Social Work Education: An Analysis of Faculty’s Experiences Using a Social Identity Approach. Paper presented at 5th International Social Science Research Conference in New Orleans, LA.

  7. Gibson, P.A. (2010, April). African American Grandmothers Raising their Grandchildren: Stepping Up to the Plate While Facing the Challenges. Paper presented (online) at FirstCanadianHealthConference (www.theconference.ca).

  8. Gibson, P.A. & Overton, P. (March, 2010). Suspensions of African American Children in Kinship Care: Literature Review. Poster presented at the MSSA 117th Annual Training Conference & Exposition of the Minnesota Social Services Association, Minneapolis, MN.

  9. Rinkel, M. & Gibson, P.A. (2008). Kinship searches: Increasing the knowledge base of Social Workers. Paper presented at the 54th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Philadelphia, PA.

  10. Bailey, D, Gibson, P.A., Thomas, T., Uhly, K. (2008). From Minnesota to Mississippi: A Collaboration is Born. Paper presented at the 54th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Philadelphia, PA.

  11. Gibson, P.A. (April, 2008). Kinship Care as a Mental Health Intervention with African American Grandmothers. Paper presented at Minnesota Gerontological Society (MGS) Annual Spring Conference, Brooklyn Center, MN

  12. Gibson, P.A., Valandra, & Burney-Perry, G. (October, 2007). Preparation of Future Faculty to Conduct International Courses: A Model. Paper presented at the 53rd Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education

  13. Gibson, P.A. & Sinclair, P. (December, 2006). Incorporating Ally Behaviors in Social Work Practice from Advance Practice with Diverse Populations. Paper presented at the Being The Bridge Integration of Social Work Field and Classroom Study, St. Paul, MN.tion, San Francisco, CA.

  14. Gibson, P.A. (November, 2006). What if they threw a party and al the "Boomers" came? Panel presentation at the National Council on Family Relations, 68th Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN

  15. Gibson, P.A. & Morrissey, M. (February, 2006). International tour of Ghana: Structuring social work students’ experiences promotes transformational learning. Paper presented at the 52nd Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Chicago, IL.

  16. Gibson, P.A. (January, 2006). The parenting strengths of African American grandmothers. Paper presented at the Society for Social Work and Research, San Antonio, TX.

  17. Nelson-Christinedaughter, J.G., Gibson, P.A., & Grotevant, H.D (November, 2005). Formal and informal adoptees: A comparison of adolescent outcomes. Poster presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ.

  18. Gibson, P.A. (June, 2004). The spiritual grounding of African American grandparents: Raising the next generation. Paper presented at the Fourteenth Annual State Conference National Association of Social Workers, St. Paul, MN.

  19. Gibson, P.A. (April, 2004). Family connections in kinship care: Findings from four studies on grandparents. Paper presented at the Minnesota Council on Family Relations 2004 Spring Conference, St Paul, MN.

  20. Gibson, P.A. (February, 2004). Parenting for success: Strategies used by African American grandmothers in kinship care. Poster presented at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education. Anaheim, CA.

  21. Lum, T. & Gibson, PA. (November, 2003). Informal kinship care in Minnesota: A pilot study. Paper presented at the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) San Diego. CA

  22. Gibson, P.A. (August, 2003). Older kinship caregivers in Minnesota: Researching and Helping Older Helper. Paper presented at the Fourth National Kinship Care Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

  23. Gibson, P. A., Kwon, H. K., & Grotevant, H.D. (July, 2003). African American adolescent adoptees’ well-being by adoption types. Paper presented at the 2003 Add Health Users Workshop, Bethesda, MD.

  24. Kwon, H.K., Gibson, P.A. & Grotevant, H.D. (July, 2003). Factors associated with African American adolescents’ antisocial behavior.Paper presented at the 2003 Add Health Users Workshop, Bethesda, MD.

  25. Morgan, E. van Dulmen, M., Grotevant, H.D., Kwon, H.K., Gibson, P.A., Miller, B., & Fan, X. (July, 2003). Depression, antisocial behavior, and co-occurrence in adopted and non-adopted adolescents: A multiple group comparison and risk analysis. Paper presented at the 2003 Add Health Users Workshop, Bethesda, MD.

  26. Gibson, P.A. (June, 2003). Untold strengths: African American grandmothers’ formula for raising successful grandchildren. Poster presented at the Family Research Consortium III, Santa Ana Pueblo, NM.

  27. Gibson, P. A. (March, 2003). Raising a vulnerable generation: Strategies used by African American grandmother caregivers. Paper presented at the 110th Annual Training Conference & Exposition of the Minnesota Social Service Association, Bloomington, MN.

  28. Gibson, P.A. (January, 2003). Service provision to African American grandmother caregivers: An inquiry into the experience of social service professionals. Poster presented at the Seventh Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, DC

  29. Gibson, P.A. (January, 2003). African American grandmother as caregivers: Answering the call to help their grandchildren. Paper presented at the Seventh Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, DC.

  30. Gibson, P.A. (September, 2002). Service utilization: Commonalities and differences in the stories of African American grandmothers and their service providers. Paper presented at the Emerging Scholars Interdisciplinary Networking Group Meeting, Philadelphia. PA.

  31. Lightfoot, E. & Gibson, P. A. (February, 2002). Universal instructional design: An innovative new framework for accommodating social work students. Paper presented at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Nashville, TN.

  32. Gibson, P. A. (January, 2002). Service utilization in the child welfare system: An inquiry into the experiences of African American grandmother caregivers. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work Research Conference, San Diego, CA.

  33. Gibson, P.A. (October, 2001). Relative caregivers and service utilization: Essential components of a culturally relevant approach. Paper presented at the Minnesota Conference on Social Work Education: Fall Conference, South Haven, MN.

  34. Gibson, P.A. (October, 2001). Social work with church communities: Smoothing the helping process for African American grandmother caregivers. Paper presented at The Diversity Conference for Social Work Education and Practice, Charleston, SC.

  35. Gibson, P.A. (April, 2001). Speaking out about service utilization: African American grandmothers in kinship care. Paper presented at the Thirteenth National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Albuquerque, NM.

  36. Gibson, P.A. and Abrams, L.S. (February, 2001). Getting their stories: Racial differences in engaging, recruiting and interviewing in African American communities. Paper presented at the Second International Conference, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

  37. Gibson, P.A. (February, 2000). Involvement to mission: The developmental caregiving process of African American Grandmothers to new mothers again. Paper presented at the International Conference on Mothering in the African Diaspora: Literature, History, Society, Popular Culture and the Arts, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

  38. Gibson, P.A. (April, 1999). African American grandmothers: Kinkeeping changes relationships with family members. Poster presented at the 76th Annual Meeting of the American Orthopsychiatric Association Meeting, Washington, DC.

  39. Gibson, P.A. (March, 1999). Talkshops: A new model of information dissemination to an African American Community. Paper presented at the Twenty-Sixth Annual National Conference and Celebration of The Black Family in America, Louisville, KY.

  40. Gibson, P.A. (1998). African American grandmothers’ rationale for assuming the role shift. Paper presented at the Nineteen Annual Southern Gerontological Society Meeting, Chattanooga, TN.

  41. Gibson, P.A. (1998). Kinship care: Reflections of African American grandmothers. Paper presented at the Enduring Spirit: Grandmothers, mothers, Daughters, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE.

  42. Gibson, P.A. (1998). Kinship care: Involvement in family and faith in times of crisis.Paper presented at the Faith, Families, and Congregations Conference, Louisville, KY.

  43. Gibson, P.A. (1997). African American grandmothers as primary caregivers: Providing for children with special needs. Paper presented at the American Association on Mental Retardation, New York, NY.

  44. Gibson, P.A. (1997). Kinship care with African American grandmothers and their grandchildren: The need for interdisciplinary collaboration. Paper presented at Building Family Strengths: Research and Service in Support of Children and Their Families, Portland, OR.