Dorie J. Gilbert, Ph.D.

Dorie J. Gilbert, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Dr. Dorie J. Gilbert is Associate Professor of Social Work and African & African Diaspora Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. She served as Visiting Research Scholar at the University of California at San Francisco from 2001 through 2008. Since 2004, Dr. Gilbert has been a Research Associate with the Institute for the Advanced Study of Black Family Life in Oakland, CA and is certified in the African –Centered Behavior Change Model, a culturally congruent model based on the principle of utilizing traditional African-centered philosophies in health and mental health promotion interventions. Her teaching, research and community service center around her focus on evidence-based, Africentric interventions to address health and mental health disparities.

Dr. Gilbert’s work extends to West Africa, where she teaches an international social work course, Ghana: Community and Social Development,  and serves as the faculty liaison for students completing their final internships in Accra, Ghana. Dr. Gilbert also serves as liaison to Projects with Underserved Communities (PUC), a service-learning collaboration between UT’s International Office, Cockrell School of Engineering, and the School of Social Work. Through PUC, engineering and social work students team up to design and implement sustainable-development projects in communities across the globe.

Dr. Gilbert has received National Institutes of Health, Austin/Travis County and university funding to study psychosocial concerns among people living with HIV, risk and resilience among mothers living with HIV and their children, and community and school-based Africentric interventions. Her recent research projects include Healer Women, an Africentric health promotion program for women of African-descent. Dr. Gilbert is currently developing a Handbook of Africentric Interventions: Evidence-Based and Promising Best Practices documenting the range of nationally implemented Africentric interventions for a multidisciplinary audience of helping professionals, researchers, and scholars.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Interests

Prevention and intervention with women and people of color living with HIV/AIDS, psychosocial adjustment in persons coping with social stigma, child and adolescent welfare and counseling, multicultural practice issues; and cultural diversity curriculum development.


  • Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
  • M.S.S.W., University of Texas at Austin
  • B.B.A., University of Texas at Austin

Teaching History

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