Faculty/Staff Directory

Dr. Kiana Battle - Ph.D., LMSW

Kiana Battle

Assistant Professor of Social Work
Teacher Education and Social Work

Phone: 478.471.2462

Locations:
  • Macon - Education - 318
    Phone: 478 471 2462
    Fax: 478 471 5385
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday
12pm-2pm
*By Appointment Only*
Biography: Dr. Kiana Battle is a licensed Master Social Worker. She received her Ph.D .in Social Work Policy Planning Administration and Social Science from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. She also received a B.A. degree in Sociology and M.S.W. degree in Social Welfare from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Dr. Battle is currently an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Middle Georgia State University. She has more than 10 years of professional school social work practice. Dr. Battle has served as a school social worker for Lindell Elementary School in Long Beach, New York and as the district-level social worker for Lamar County Board of Education in Barnesville, Georgia. Dr. Battle has also taught Sociology courses at Gordon State College, in Barnesville Georgia. Her passion for serving others is demonstrated through her work. Dr. Battle is the Co-Author of Real Girls: Shifting Perceptions on Identity, Relationships, and the Media and Real Girls: Reflections and Grief, Why Me? Why Not Me: A Journey of Self-Discovery; she also has completed research in the areas of grief counseling support groups for children and adolescents (dissertation research). Dr. Battle has been a featured presenter at several national conferences, including the National Youth at Risk Conference in Savannah Georgia and the National Association of Social Workers Conference in Atlanta Georgia.
Courses: PBSV 3010 Public Service Management
PBSV 4030 Program Funding and Evaluation
PBSV 3040 Conflict Resolution and Negotiation
PBSV 4000 Children in Crises
SOCW 2215 Introduction to Social Work
Education: Ph.D. Social Work Policy Planning Administration & Social Science/
Cognate in Educational Leadership
Clark Atlanta University

M.S.W. Social Welfare
Specialization in Student Community Development in Higher Education
Stony Brook University

B.A. Sociology/Minor in Women Studies
Stony Brook University
CV: EDUCATION

Ph.D. Clark Atlanta University, Whitney M. Young Jr., School of Social Work, 2015
(Social Work Policy Planning Administration & Social Science)

Dissertation: An analysis of select barriers to grief counseling groups for
adolescents by school social workers in Georgia public schools
Advisor: Dr. Richard Lyle
Committee Members: Dr. Richard Lyle, Dr. Robert Waymer, & Dr. Treesomia
Walker


M.S.W. State University of New York at Stony Brook, 2003
Social Welfare
Student Community Development in Higher Education (Specialization)

B.A. State University of New York at Stony Brook, 2001
Sociology
Minor in Women Studies

State of Georgia Licensed Master Social Worker
L.M.S.W. License Number MSW004572

New York State Licensed Master Social Worker
L.M.S.W. License Number 068137


RESEARCH INTERESTS
Grief & Bereavement
Grief & Christianity
Group Counseling Interventions
Youth Social Development

TEACING INTERESTS
Social Welfare Policy
Public School Social Work Practice
Macro Social Work
Child Welfare Practice
Human Services
Sociology
Grant Writing



Professional Experience: 08/17 to Present Assistant Professor of Social Work, Middle Georgia State University,
Macon, GA

07/08 to 07/17 District Social Worker, Lamar County Board of Education, Barnesville,
GA

08/14 to 05/2016 Gordon State College Part-time Sociology/Human Services Instructor,
Barnesville, GA

02/10 to 07/10 Group Facilitator, The Potter’s House, Stone Mountain, GA

01/04 to 06/08 School Social Worker, Long Beach, NY

07/04 to 08/05 Program Coordinator, Family and Children’s Association (P.A.C.T.
Program/Summer Employment), Hempstead, NY

06/03 to 12/03 Family Case Worker, Family and Children’s Association, Hempstead
NY

09/02 to 05/03 Social Work Intern, State University of New York at Stony Brook
Academic Advising Center, Stony Brook, NY

09/01 to 05/02 Social Work Intern, Brentwood North Middle School, Brentwood, NY
Organizations: National Association of Social Workers
School Social Workers Association of Georgia, Inc.
International Association of Social Work with Groups, Inc.
Georgia Association of Educators
American Council for School Social Work

Awards and Honors: 2013 International Association of Social Work with Groups, Inc. “SPARC” Program
Endorsement Recipient (Non-Financial Endorsement)
Dissertation Research Study endorsed by I. A. S. W. G., Inc.

2013 School Social Workers Association of Georgia, Inc. 2013 “District 3 School Social
Worker of the Year” Award

2013 Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Clark Atlanta University Chapter

2013 Alpha Epsilon Lambda Honor Society, Clark Atlanta University Chapter

2007 Human Service Award, Long Beach Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center,
Long Beach, NY

2002 Graduate Student Turner Fellow Award, State University of New York at Stony
Brook, Stony Brook, NY
Publications: Battle, K. (2017). A study of georgia public school social workers perception of grief counseling groups as interventions for adolescents. School Social Workers Association of Georgia Research Journal (Spring 2017). http://www.sswag.org

Battle, K. & Battle, K. (2015). Grief, why me? why not me? : a journey of self-discovery. Brentwood Publishing Group: Columbus, GA.

Battle, K. (2014). A learning activity on effective multidisciplinary collaboration. The Journal of National Staff Development and Training Association

Clayborn, K. & Traylor, J. (2011): Real girls: reflections.

Clayborn, K. & Traylor, J. (2010): Real girls: shifting perceptions on identity, relationships, and the media.


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