Dashawna Fussell-Ware

Dashawna Fussell-Ware is a proud native of Miami, Fl. She received her Bachelor of Arts, with honors, in Psychology with minors in English and Human and Social Development from the University of Miami in May 2013 and her Masters of Social Work, with a Certificate in Non-Profit Management, from the University of Georgia in May 2018.

During her undergraduate career, Fussell-Ware accumulated a plethora of research experience with diverse populations including children in Head Start/Early Head Start programs, children and adolescents diagnosed with ADHD/ADD, and youth living with mood and anxiety disorders. After her time as an undergrad, she joined the fight for social justice through education as a 2013 Teach for America Miami-Dade corps member, teaching 11th and 12th grade students at her alma mater in the Miami neighborhood of Liberty City for two years. While earning her MSW, Fussell-Ware served as a Clinical Services Liaison for a transitional housing non-profit as well as a therapist and community support worker for a mental health service provider.

Fussell-Ware's research interests include mental health disparities among and treatment of racial/ethnic minority children, adolescents, and transition-aged youth in addition to community empowerment and service provision for racial/ethnic minorities living in urban, underserved neighborhoods. Her career goals are to conduct groundbreaking research that positively influences social work practice as well as serve communities of color through partnerships with resource-rich academic institutions. 

Selected Awards and Fellowships

  • Minority Fellowship Program – Youth (MFP-Y) Fellow (2017-2018), Council for Social Work Education
  • MSW Foundation Student of the Year (2017), University of Georgia School of Social Work
  • Wilbur P. Jones Scholarship Recipient (2017), University of Georgia School of Social Work
  • Psychology Research Initiative Mentorship Research Experience (PRIME) Fellow (2012), University of Miami

Selected Conference and Poster Presentations

  • Fussell-Ware, D.J., Ehrenreich-May, J. (2012, July). The relationship between anxious and depressive symptomatology and demographic characteristics in an adolescent clinical sample. Poster session presented at the University of Miami Research, Creativity, and Innovation Forum, Coral Gables, FL.