Joy Learman

Assistant Professor, Social Work; Social Work Program Director
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100 Ledford
(919) 760-8304

Areas of Expertise
  • Gender-based violence, including intimate partner violence and sexual violence
  • Reproductive health, including sexually transmitted infections and HIV
  • Immigrants and refugees

Work Experience

Dr. Learman recently finished her doctoral studies in social work at The University of Texas at Austin. She is committed to using a global perspective based on the principles of social justice in preparing the next generation of social workers. She is comfortable teaching across much of the social work curriculum and has taught: Foundations of Social Justice; Social Work Research Methods; Social Work Practice with Groups; Generalist Social Work Practice with Macro Systems; Social Welfare Programs, Policies and Issues; and Violence across the Lifespan. Dr. Learman has found teaching to be a rewarding experience and is proud to guide her students in thinking critically about the complex and sometimes controversial topics covered in social work classes. Dr. Learman’s teaching is informed by her previous professional experience, as well as her research. Her prior social work experience was in program development, planning and management for non-profit organizations. Her research interests include intimate partner violence, HIV, mindfulness and the role of faith-based organizations in social service provision. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and she has presented at a number of conferences at the international, national, and regional levels. Dr. Learman is happy to be at Meredith College and is looking forward to working with her colleagues to expand the social work program, create opportunities for students to engage in practice as well as research opportunities, and build meaningful collaborations with the community.

Academic Credentials
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin, 2013
  • Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 2013
  • Master of Science in Social Work, Columbia University, 2001
  • Bachelor of Social Work, Brigham Young University, 1998


Dr. Learman’s dissertation research explored the role of gender-based violence and inequality on the reproductive health and disease status of HIV positive African immigrant women. She plans to continue her research on reproductive health and the impact of gender-based violence.


Texas Exes Teaching Award (Teaching Assistant Recipient) for the School of Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin


Journal Articles

  • Tesh, M., Learman, J., & Pulliam, R. M. (2013). Mindful Self-Compassion Strategies for Survivors of Intimate Partner Abuse. Mindfulness, 4(3), online
  • Montgomery, K. L., Kim, J. S., Springer, D.W., & Learman, J. (2013). Systematic review of mindfulness interventions with adolescents: A potential fit for delinquency
  • intervention. Best Practices in Mental Health, 9, 1-19.
  • von Sternberg, K., Berger Cardoso, J., Jun, J., Learman, J., & Velasquez, M. (2012). An examination of the path between recent sexual violence and sexually transmitted infections. Women’s Health Issues, 22(3), e283-e292.
  • Travis, D.J., Learman, J., Brooks, D., Merrill, T., & Spence, R.T. (2012). The faith community, substance abuse, and readiness for change: A national study. Journal of Social Service Research, 38(2), 231-242.
  • Fowler, D., Faulkner, M., Learman, J. & Runnels, R. (2011). The influence of spirituality on service utilization and satisfaction for women residing in a domestic violence shelter. Violence Against Women, 17(10), 1244-1259.

Book Chapters

  • Learman, J. & Thompson, S. (2012). Examining the relationship between intimate partner abuse and high-risk pregnancies. In L.V. Berhardt (Ed.), Advances in Medicine and Biology. Vol. 28. (249-266). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

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