Douglas Bates, Ph.D., is a current tenure-track Assistant Professor in Social Work at Winston-Salem State University. He recently graduated with his doctorate degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of South Carolina. Before transitioning to academia full-time in 2018, Dr. Bates worked as a social worker in Columbia, South Carolina. In this capacity he worked with a number of populations such as the homeless, working-poor, teenage mothers, mentally ill, and the elderly. His research interest includes incarceration and its effect on convicted fathers, colorism among African-American teenage girls and understanding racial identity among social work students.
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