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Dr. Victoria A. Anyikwa, Ph.D., LCSW, ACSW

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    Dr. Victoria A. Anyikwa, Ph.D., LCSW, ACSW

    Associate Professor

    Dr. Victoria A. Anyikwa is an Associate Professor in the Graduate Social Work Program at Saint Leo University, Florida. Her experience in social work spans many years across populations, particularly in mental health. An experienced clinician, Dr. Anyikwa has also held many leadership positions, i.e., Executive Director of a major mental health organization in Brooklyn, N.Y., and former Commissioner of Social Services in Greenwich, CT. She is also a Program Evaluation Fellow of the Annie E. Casey Foundation Leaders in Equitable Evaluation and Diversity (LEEAD) Program, leading to evaluation participation at Mathematica and Harder+ companies.

    Her research interests are in the areas of mental health, intimate partner violence, women’s issues and cultural competency, with a particular focus on people of color and the Caribbean population Dr. Anyikwa has published numerous articles and has contributed a chapter on intimate partner violence to a soon-to-be-published Handbook on Interpersonal Violence. She has also presented on local, national and international levels in her areas of expertise, i.e., the dynamics and impacts of intimate partner violence, trauma-informed care and on issues relating to teaching in the online environment. Dr. Anyikwa has taught numerous courses across the social work curricula, with recent focus on research methods, evidence based practice and macro practice. She continues to be engaged clinically in the community where she bridges research with practice.


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

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