Anyikwa, Victoria

Title: Associate Professor

Department: Graduate Social Work

Phone:  352-588-8337

Email: victoria.anyikwa@saintleo.edu

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, Queens College
  • Master Social Work, New York University
  • Ph.D., Barry University
  • Nonprofit Management Certificate, NYU
  • Program Evaluation, University of Wisconsin

Biography:
Dr. Anyikwa is an Associate Professor of Social Work in the Graduate Social Work Department.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Queens College in New York, a Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University, and a Ph.D. in Social Work from Barry University in Miami Shores., where she was also an Assistant Professor. She holds a Certificate in Non-Profit Management and advanced training in Program Evaluation. Dr. Anyikwa has spent many years in mental health and social services in clinical and executive positions, including Executive Director of Brooklyn Psychiatric Ctrs, Inc., and Commissioner of Social Services in the Town of Greenwich, Connecticut. She currently teaches Social Work Research Methods, Social Work Macro Practice, and Evidence Based Practice.

Community Affiliation:

  •  Council on Social Work Education
  •  Councilor: Women’s Council CSWE
  •  National Association of Social Workers
  •  American Evaluation Association

Teaching & Professional Interests:
Dr. Anyikwa’s research interests and publications are in mental health, trauma, domestic violence, cultural proficiency, particularly as it relates to people of African descent, women, children and families. She has also published on teaching research and macro practice. She is an expert on domestic violence and mental health with a focus on intersectionality theory. Dr. Anyikwa’s interest extend to organizational behavior, leadership and program evaluations. She recently received advanced training in culturally responsive program evaluation, which she has integrated in her teaching on evidence-based practice for concentration year students in the MSW program.

Honors & Awards:

  • Annie Casey Foundation Scholar: LEEAD Program on building culturally responsive program evaluators – 2016
  • SAMHSA’s National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED; 2016)
  • Faculty Fellow, QEP, Saint Leo, 2012-2013
  • Fellow: Minority Fellowship Program CSWE/SAMHSA, 2002-2004
  • New York City Council – Citation for Outstanding Professional, 1998

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