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Priscilla Gibson

Professor; 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

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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 a 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 Worker (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 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 Master's of Social Work from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana; and a Bachelor of Sciences from  Southern University in Baton, Rouge, Louisiana.

Selected Publications

  1. Korang-Okrah, R., Haight, W., Gibson, P.A., & Black, J. (2017). Solutions to property rights “violations”: The role of international social workers in addressing human rights. International Social Work., doi10.1177/0020872817731141.1-14

  2. Kayama, M., Haight, W. & Gibson, P.A. (2016). Out-of-school suspensions of Black youth: Culture, ability/disability, gender, and perspective. Social Work, 61(2), 1-9. doi: 10.1093/sw/sww021.

  3. Kenigsberg, T., Winston III, W., Gibson, P. A., & Brady, S. S. (2016). African American caregivers’ resources for support: Implications for children's perceived support from their caregiver. Children and Youth Services Review, 61, 337-344.

  4. Logan, S. & Gibson, P.A. (2016) (Eds.). Special Issue on Dismantling Racism, Reflections: Narrative of the Professional Helping, 21(3).

  5. Kayama, M., Haight, W., Gibson, P.A., & Wilson, R. (2015). Use of the criminal justice voice in personal narratives of out-of-school suspensions: Black students, caregivers, and educators. Children and Youth Services Review, 26-35.

  6. Gibson, P.A. & Crewe, S.  (2015) (Eds.). Special Issue on Relative Caregiving. Reflections: Narrative of the Professional Helping, 20(4).

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

  8. 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.

  9. Gibson, P.A., Wilson, R., Haight, W., Kayama, M., & Marshall, J. (2014). The role of race in the out-of-school suspensions of black students: The perspectives of students with suspensions, their parents and educators. Children and Youth Services Review, 47, 274-282.

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

Selected Presentations

  1. Addo, A, Axtell, S., Gibson, P.A., Goldberg, R. & Solheim, C. (2016, September). Connecting Global & Local Community Engagement: Lessons Learned from Experiences. Panel presentation at the Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

  2. Gibson, P.A. (2015, April). African American Grandparenthood: The State of Research. Presented to the Community Affair Committee, University Northside Partnership,Minneapolis, MN.

  3. Gibson, P.A., Haight, W., & Kayama, M. (2015, March). Pathways to Suspensions: The Perspectives of Students with Suspensions, their Caregivers, and Educators. Paper presented to the East Metro Integration District Lecture and Learn Series: Recent research and best practice. Minneapolis, MN.

  4. Kayama, M., Gibson, P.A., & Haight, W. (2014, November). Understanding the Perspectives of Students, their Caregivers and Educators on Suspensions of Black Students: Three Theoretical Lenses. Poster presented at the 2014 Gallery of Excellence, Minneapolis, MN.

  5. Gibson, P.A., Hartmann, D., & Squires, C. (2014, April). The K-12 context: Students & parents, policy, outreach & pipelines. Panel session presented at the African American Research Collective Symposium Spring 2014. Minneapolis, MN.