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Yarneccia D. Dyson, Ph.D., MSW


School of Social Work

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Dr. Dyson is an award-winning thought leader, higher education strategist, and subject matter expert, with over 20 years’ experience in supervisory and leadership roles. Currently, she is a Professor and Head for the School of Social Work in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the North Carolina State University. Additionally, she has over 20 years’ experience in HIV and STI research, prevention programming, and advocacy efforts. She is passionate about inclusive and equity-centered practices in higher education & administration, faculty development, mentoring, as well as advancing Anti-Black and Anti-Racist practices in all systems (education, health, justice, etc.). Her research interests focus on improving the health, access, and well-being of historically oppressed communities, mentoring experiences for Black women and women of color, as well as improving the sexual and reproductive health outcomes among women & girls and Black College Students.

Presently, she is the Director of the Well-Being, Intersectionality & Sustainability Engagement-Empowerment-Equity Research Lab (The WIS3 Lab) and creator of the Engag3 Biomedical-Behavioral HIV Prevention Intervention that focuses on decreasing binge drinking while increasing protective sexual health behaviors. In addition, this project also explores the sexual decision making, perception of risk, well-being and physical health tenets related to Black College students. Furthermore, she has served as the Director and Principal Investigator for the HRSA BHWET funded Integrated Behavioral Health & Racial Equity Scholars (IBHRES) Project, a training program that focuses on increasing the knowledge and skills of graduate level students who are interested in joining the behavioral health workforce and serve communities in high need and high demand areas. In total, she has secured over $5 million in external funding across various funding mechanisms.

Finally, Dr. Dyson obtained a Ph.D. in Social Work Policy, Planning, and Administration & Social Science from the Whitney M. Young, Jr., School of Social Work at Clark Atlanta University, a Master of Social Work degree (Clinical Concentration) from The Florida State University, and a Bachelor of Social Work (Community Organizing Concentration) from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University.

Area(s) of Expertise

Inclusive Excellence
Faculty and Staff Development
Student Mentoring
Research Innovation and Engagement
Healthy Equity Research
Transformational Leadership
Sustained Dialogue Moderator
Healthy Love HIV Prevention Intervention Facilitator

  • University of Michigan – MIWI Training Program Scholar, 2021
  • CSWE, Early Career Faculty Service and Leadership in Social Work Education Awardee, 2021
  • University of Michigan NCID Diversity Scholar, 2020
  • NIMHD Health Disparities Research Institute Scholar, 2020
  • CSWE Feminist Manuscript Award Winner, 2020
  • CSWE Feminist Scholar Award Nominee, 2020
  • Distinguished Center for Health Equity Research Institute Faculty Fellow, 2017
  • RWJF New Connections Tenth Annual Research and Coaching Clinic Attendee, 2016