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Dr. Stacia West

Stacia West, PhD

Assistant Professor


  • BA/BS, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • MSSW, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • PhD, University of Kansas

Courses Taught:

  • Social Work and Social Welfare Policies and Programs (SW 510)
  • Foundation Research (SW519)
  • Advanced Change Management and Policy Practice (SW 548)

Research Interests:

Feminization of poverty, homelessness and housing instability, financial fragility in lower-income households, social welfare policy.

Recently, Dr. West partnered with the Dollywood Foundation to evaluate the impacts of the "My People Fund", a program providing financial support to the survivors of the November 2016 wildfires in the Gatlinburg, TN area. The longitudinal study is designed to trace the physical, social, emotional, financial and housing trajectories of wildfire survivors. Preliminary findings from the evaluation suggest that financial assistance provided by the My People Fund helped individuals overcome barriers to housing and other basic needs, yet there are lingering social, emotional, and financial obstacles for survivors to overcome. Read more on this study (all in PDF format):

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