Valire Copeland

  • Professor

Dr. Copeland is a professor, the associate director of the Public Health Social Work Training Program, and faculty affiliate in the Center for Minority Health at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health. She also co-directs the Center for Minority Health’s Cultural Competency, Health Literacy, and Participatory Research Core. She is Co-Director of the Faculty Diversity Seminar, Office of the Provost & Senior Vice Chancellor.

Dr. Copeland received her BSW (1977) from Livingstone College, her MSW (1978), MPH (1988), and PhD (1989) from the University of Pittsburgh.

Representative Publications

Tang, F., Jang, H., Carr Copeland, V. (2015). Challenges and Resilience in African American Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: A Review of the Literature with Practice Implications. GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy, 2 (2).

Copeland, V.C. &. Lee, HJ. (2013). Maternal and Child Health. Encyclopedia of Social Work, 21th Edition. Oxford Press:

Daley, DC, Kelly, TM, Copeland, VC, Wells, EA. Guest Editors, Special Issue (2013). The Role of Social Work in the Preventions and Treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders. Social Work in Public Health. Volume, 28, Number 3-4.

Burlew, A.K, Copeland, VC, Ahuama-Jonas, C., Calsyn, DA. (2013). Does cultural adaption have a role in substance abuse treatment? Social Work in Public Health,  Volume 28, Number 3-4, 440-460.

Tang, F. & Copeland, VC, Wexler, S. (2012). Racial Differences in Late-life Volunteering: An Empowerment Perspective. Social Work Research, Volume 36, Number 2, 89-100.

Ai, A.L., Plummer, C. Lemieux, C.M., Heo, G., Simon, C.E., Taylor, P., Copeland, V.C. (2011). Racial Identity—Related Differential Attributions of the Inadequate Response to Katrina-Rita Disasters: A social identity perspective. Race and Social Problems, Vol.3, Issue 1,

Copeland, VC. Guest Editor, Special Issue (2011). Health Disparities in Women of Color.   Social Work in Public Health, Volume 26, Issue 1.

Ley, C.E., Copeland, V.C., Flint, C.S., (2011).Healthy Start Program Participation: The Consumers’ Perspective”. Social Work in Public Health, Volume 26, Issue 1, 19-34.

Copeland, V.C., & Snyder, K. A. (2011) “Barriers to Mental Health Treatment Services for African American Women who take their children for treatment services:  An Ethnographic Investigation”. Social Work in Public Health, Volume 26, Number 1, 78-95.

Downs, J., Arslanian, S., Bruine de Bruin, W., Carr Copeland, V., Doswell, W., Herman, W., Lain, K., Mansfield, J., Murray, P., White, N., Charron-Prochownik, D. (2010) Implications of Type 2 Diabetes on Adolescent Reproductive Health Risk: An Expert Model. The Diabetes Educator

Conner, K.O., Copeland, V. C., Grote, N., Rosen, D., Albert, S., G., McMurray, M.L., Reynolds, C.F., Brown, C. (2010). Barriers to Treatment and Culturally Endorsed Coping Strategies for Depressed African American Older Adults. Aging and Mental Health, 14(8), 971-983.

Conner, KO, Copeland, VC, Grote NK, Rosen, D, Reynolds, CF, Brown, C. (2010) Mental Health Treatment Seeking Among Older Adults with Depression: The Impact of Stigma and Race. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (AJGP), 18(6):531-543.

Brown, C., Conner, K.O., Copeland, V.C., Grote, N., Beach, S., Battista, D., Reynolds, C.F. (2010). Depression, Stigma, Race, and Treatment Seeking Behavior and Attitudes.   Journal of Community Psychology, Vol. 31, 3, 350-368.


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