Aug 2, 2023
Dr. Laneshia R. Conner is an Assistant Professor in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky. She is a native of Lexington, KY and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the University of Kentucky College of Social Work, her master's degree in social work from the University of Georgia, and her Ph.D. in social work from the University of Louisville. Her research program is centered on improving scientific knowledge about HIV risk reduction strategies that are acceptable and feasible for older Black women, developing sustainable programs for aging communities that promote sexual health and culturally relevant sexual health knowledge. She is completing her second year as a Disparities Researchers Equalizing Access for Minorities (DREAM) Scholar. She was recently awarded an NIH-funded Administrative Supplement as a BIRCWH Scholar, to support her research focusing on women’s health research for two years and the Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). Other areas of scholarship include reflections of her teaching social justice issues using horror films, critical pedagogy in course construction, and salient issues related to perceptions and attitudes of academic self-plagiarism. Dr. Conner serves as the advisor to the Association of Black Social Workers (ABSW) at UK since their inception in 2021, chairs the Curriculum Committee in the College of Social Work, serves as a Faculty Senator, and is the faculty co-chair of the African American, Black, and African Diaspora Employee Affinity Group. She also coaches track at a local high school and coaches an AAU track club during the summer, The Lexington Stryders.
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