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Dr. Cudore L. Snell received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work and Psychology from the University of the Western Cape and a Bachelor of Social Science Honors Degree in Psychiatric Social Work from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. . Special permission had to be obtained from the then government to attend the University of Cape Town - a predominantly white institution under apartheid South Africa. Dr. Snell’s early years as a social worker were spent in urban and rural settings where he provided direct services to the Colored population during the years of oppression. He recalled that resources were limited and gaining access to services for clients were difficult.
A Rotary Overseas Scholarship enabled Dr. Snell to pursue his Master’s of Social Work Degree at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where he received his MSW in 1981.
In 1989, Dr. Snell obtained a Doctor of Social Work Degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. The research for this degree received an award of excellence from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sex for the best dissertation research. That same year he received a full United Nation Scholarship for the full duration of his studies. He was a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar on sabbatical leave in South Africa in 2000 and conducted research on street youth. This was the topic of his dissertation research that was published in 1995 in book form under the title Young Men in the Street. Professor Snell is continuing research in this area in order to compare youth on the streets in Cape Town, South Africa to those of Washington, D.C. in the United States.
While in South Africa from 1999 to 2000 he conducted research on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and street youth. This research was the first national study to be undertaken in South Africa in the Cape Winelands where Dr. Snell was born. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome has t the highest incidence in this region in the world. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism sponsored the research and it is a collaborative project of the University of New Mexico, the faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Stellenbosch, the University of Cape Town and the Medical Research Council of South Africa. The mission of the study was to reduce the prevalence of Fetal Alcohol spectrum disorders through ethically and socially acceptable comprehensive prevention activities with local communities through collaborative research. Dr. Snell was invited to be a collaborator on this project because of his knowledge of the area, community work and his fluency in Afrikaans.
Dr. Snell is Interim Dean and Associate Professor at Howard University where he has taught and conducted research for the past 12 years.