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The former Associate dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Peebles-Wilkins was Dean of the Boston University School of Social Work for twelve years. Prior to moving to Boston, she was the Director of the Social Work Program, Associate Head of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, and Associate Professor at NCSU. She graduated from North Carolina State University in 1967 with a BA degree in Sociology and a minor in Social Work. Her MSSA is from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio and her doctorate is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was one of the early gubernatorial appointees to the North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board. She had been active with NASW in various capacities, has been a member of the Board of Directors and the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education, as well as the Board of Directors of the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work and Chair of the New England Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work. She was a state delegate and member of the first Examination Committee of the Association of State Boards of Social Work.
Dr. Peebles-Wilkins has more than 39 years of experience as a social work practitioner, administrator, and educator. She has worked both in the public and private sectors as well as in an acute care hospital in pediatrics. In 2000, she was inducted into the National Academies of Practice as a Distinguished Practitioner because of her health care advocacy work. In 2002, she received the "Greatest Contributions to Social Work Education" award from the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She was active in community service and civic organizations in Massachusetts and served on the Professional Advisory Committee for the Department of Social Services. She is on the editorial board or is consulting editor for several refereed social work journals. She is the recent past editor-in-chief of Children and Schools. Her publications cover a range of issues associated with services to families and children and curriculum development; and the contributions of African Americans to social welfare history. Under the auspices of NIMH, she organized local faculty in Boston around the research needs in managed health and behavioral health care. This effort culminated in an edited book, Managed Care Services: Policy, Program, and Research (co-edited with Dr. Nancy Veeder) which was published by the Oxford University Press.