Tonya E. Perry, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Social Work
Alabama A&M University

Dr. Tonya Evette Perry is a Professor of Social Work at Alabama A & M University, where she teaches in the Graduate Social Work Program. Dr. Perry formally taught at Howard University and Fordham University and has more than 13 years of graduate teaching experience. Dr. Perry earned her Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Social Work from the University of Alabama where she also completed a minor in community health. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Social Work Degree from Tulane University.

Dr. Perry has lived and traveled extensively ---especially throughout the African continent. A former Johns Hopkins International AIDS Research Fellow, Dr. Perry is a seasoned international researcher who has investigated HIV/AIDS among women of African ancestry throughout Africa and the African Diaspora. Dr. Perry’s research, publications and related interests revolve around women’s health----particularly socio-cultural issues related to the impact of HIV/AIDS and other varied health conditions on women of African ancestry and the impact of development upon the status of women. Dr. Perry formerly served as a consultant to the Global Health Council, for whom she investigated the role of Faith-Based Organizations in providing HIV prevention, care and support services in South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, India, Thailand and Haiti. Dr. Perry has also served as a research and training consultant for The Balm In Gilead, an international faith-based non-governmental organization (NGO) for whom she has researched and documented HIV/AIDS-related faith community mobilization activities in Tanzania, Kenya, Corte d’Ivoire, Nigeria and Zimbabwe.

A multi-year recipient of the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers Award, Dr. Perry has demonstrated a long-term commitment to facilitating student success through creative teaching, mentoring and directed research activities. Dr. Perry’s teaching philosophy is characterized by student-centeredness, evoking student strengths and capacities and fostering a spirit of individual and collective transformation. Dr. Perry has published in various scholarly journals and her latest work includes two co-edited books which will be released in the Fall of 2014: “Globalization and Gender Oppression: A Challenge for Social Work,” which will be published by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and “What the Village Gave Me: Conceptualizations of Womanhood” which will be published by the University Press of America.

Dr. Perry currently serves as a reviewer for the Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services and holds active appointments on CSWE’s Council on the Role and Status of Women and Sisters of the Academy Institute.