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Elizabeth Dungee-Anderson

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Associate Professor
(313) 577-1211 (Phone)

Elizabeth "Delores" Dungee-Anderson, received her PhD. in 1985 from the Howard University School of Social Work where she was awarded a full NIMH Scholarship for her doctoral study and research focus on Community Mental Health. Her dissertation was a combination of policy formulation, implementation and analysis and community mental programming. It was recognized as the first-policy focused community-based mental health research completed in the Howard University doctoral program. The study was also a first that focused on the entire Community Services Board system in Virginia and was supported by the Virginia Mental Health Commissioner and the Virginia Community Services Board Association.

Prior to doctoral study, Dungee-Anderson served as  Director of the Chesterfield, Virginia, Ettrick Mental Health Center, and in addition to providing outpatient mental health services, she initiated several successful community-based programs to address the needs of the community’s vulnerable population groups.  After serving as a community-based Field Instructor for the Virginia Commonwealth University MSW Program at the Ettrick agency, she joined the faculty at the VCU School of Social Work in 1985 where she taught primarily in the clinical concentration of the MSW Program. In the same year, in partnership with two colleagues, she founded the Rockwood Counseling Center and began an active outpatient clinical practice which served to inform her teaching of graduate practice methods and mental health-related courses. She was appointed as director of the VCU SW Program in 2007 and served in this position until August, 2012, when she joined the Wayne State University as interim associate dean and visiting professor. She served as associate dean and a tenured associate professor in from February 2013 to December 2015 at Wayne State. Dungee-Anderson currently serves as an associate professor at Wayne State.

Dungee-Anderson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Virginia) and has maintained an independent clinical practice. She is both trained and credentialed in Forensic Social Work, Clinical Hypnosis, and Complex Trauma Disorders (PTSD, military PTSD and Dissociative Disorders). Additionally, she has extensive experience and expertise in Personality disorders and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  She is a credentialed trainer for the state of Virginia and has been active in promoting and providing Social Work Licensure and Clinical Supervision training at national, regional and local levels. She has authored and provided training on standards of clinical supervision for the NASW State Chapters for Iowa and New Mexico. She currently serves as a credentialed Trainer for NASW-VA and provides ongoing Clinical Licensure Preparation Training and Clinical Supervision Training for licensure applicants and Virginia clinical supervisors who must meet the Board of Social Work Regulations for supervision of Virginia clinical social workers preparing for licensure.

Dungee-Anderson has an extensive record of service and professional leadership at the national, regional and local levels of professional social work. Since 2006, she has provided a broad range of Accreditation services for the Council on Social Work Education, and currently serves as Commissioner on the CSWE Commission of Accreditation (COA). As a COA member, she is a member of the Development Committee and was appointed in 2013, along with two COA colleagues, to revise the Commission’s Policy Manual. She served both as a task force member and on the National Steering Committee that developed and published the CSWE Social Work Practice Competencies for Advanced Clinical Practice. She also served for eight years as Chair and later Co-chair of the CSWE Clinical Practice Track, overseeing peer-review and selection of clinical practice abstracts submitted nationally by faculty for presentation at the CSWE Annual Program Meeting. She served as a member of the National Task Force that developed the Trauma Practice Competencies supported by a SAMSHA grant awarded to the Fordham National Trauma Center and in collaboration with CSWE.

Dungee-Anderson was selected to serve as a University of Washington Hartford Foundation Grant Gerontology Education Mentor to social work programs in five states to support the infusion of gerontology content in social work curricula. She now holds the appointment as a National Gerontology Education Curriculum Consultant for CSWE/University of Washington. She has held leadership roles with the Virginia National Association of Social Workers and the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work. She served as vice president of the National Clinical Organization, the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social (ABE) in Boston, Mass., which credentials advanced clinical social work practitioners as Board Certified Diplomates (BCD). She also chaired the Education and Training Committee of that organization. Under her leadership the current national ABE Judith Holm Annual M.S.W. Student Award for a competitive Field Internship Practice paper was created. 

Degrees and Certifications


  • Ph.D., Clinical Social Work, Howard University
  • M.S.W., Virginia Commonwealth University
  • B.S., Sociology/Psychology, Virginia Union University
Teaching Interests

  • Mental, emotional and behavioral disorders
  • Trauma
  • Family theory and therapy
  • Group psychotherapy
  • Clinical practice
Areas of Expertise




  • Childhood sexual trauma, post-traumatice stress disorder and dissociative disorders
  • Neuroscience
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Childhood and adult assessment of Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Gerontology


  • Clinical Practice (Psychodynamic and Cognitive Pychothearpy Methods)
  • Group psychotherapy
  • Human Behavior Theories

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Research Interests
  • Trauma Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Culteral Competence
  • Community Engagement 
Office Location
220 Thompson Home
Courses Taught

SW 7040 Methods of Social Work Practice

SW 7700 Trauma-Informed Social Welfare Practice

SW 8115 Application of DSM Assessment System in Social Work Practice