Dr. Tracey Mabrey, DSW, is associate professor in the department of social work and chair of the department of sociology. Professor Mabrey crafted the development of the department's MSW Program in September 2003. She received her Doctorate in Social Work and MSW from Howard University School of Social Work in Washington, DC and completed her dissertation on CSWE Accreditation Patterns, 1985-1992: Seven Years of Organizational Decisions. Prior to her appointment at DePaul, she served as a tenured Associate Professor at Western Michigan University (WMU), capping nine years of academic leadership and service in the Kalamazoo community. While at WMU, she served as Interim Director of the BSW and MSW Program and facilitated a successful accreditation review.
During her 20 year social work career, Professor Mabrey has held a variety of administrative positions at the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in Alexandria, VA, in addition to holding appointed and elected offices at CSWE and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and serving as a Board Member for The Greater Kalamazoo United Way. Her areas of research, academic interest and expertise include administrative practice, communication within the profession, and direct practice with complex vulnerable populations, including children of the poor. She currently serves on the Editorial Boards of the Illinois Child Welfare Association and Families in Society.
Professor Mabrey has presented workshops addressing multiracial dialogue at schools and national conferences, among them the Council on Social Work Education in San Francisco and Washington, DC as well as the Michigan Chapter of NASW. She has jointly written and published articles in The Haworth Press on social work Practice with African-American girls as well as in the Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, Families in Society and the Journal of Multicultural Social Work. When not teaching, she enjoys reading women's narratives, listening to world music and visiting communities and neighborhoods that shape our world.