School of Social Work

Lori Messinger, MA, MSW, Ph.D.
Lori Messinger, director of Social Work
Alderman Hall 111

Teaching areas: Social Diversity, Social Welfare Policies

Research areas: Social work practice with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender populations; Culturally comptetent social work education; Organizational change processes

Prior to joining UNCW, Dr. Messinger was BSW Director and Assistant/Associate Professor at the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare. She also served as an Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Alabama (2002-04) and North Carolina State University (1999-2002). A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Messinger is nationally recognized as a leader in the area of social work practice with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) populations. She co-authored a textbook and a casebook with Dr. Deana Morrow on practice with LGBTQ populations with Columbia University Press, and she also has published numerous articles, along with many book chapters, teaching modules and monographs over the last 15 years. She was the recipient of the 2006 Distinguished Contemporary Contributions in Undergraduate Social Work Award from the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, along with several teaching awards.