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Britney E. Pitts

Ph.D. student

Email: pittsb@vcu.edu

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Pronouns: She/her

M.S.W., University of Maryland
B.S., Virginia Commonwealth University

Britney Pitts is a third-year doctoral student at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work. Her professional experience has centered around the early childhood mental health of minority students, specifically focusing on social emotional education and training for preschool teachers and school administrators. Her research interests include the aesthetic liberation of Black women and girls in workplaces and schools and Black-White biracial identity and experiences.

Pitts received a Bachelor of Science in sociology (minor in biology) from Virginia Commonwealth University (2013) and a Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work (Baltimore [2015]). After receiving her M.S.W., Pitts has held various professional positions supporting children, families, and schools. She was a school-based therapist in Prince George’s County, Maryland, before becoming the early childhood mental health consultant (ECMHC) and Parent University program coordinator with Promise Heights in Baltimore, then with the city of Alexandria (Virginia) prior to beginning doctoral studies at VCU. She served as president of the Doctoral Student Association (2020-2021) and Ph.D. student advisor for the VCU chapter of the Association of Black Social Workers-ABSW (2019-2020). 

Currently, Pitts serves as the program coordinator for the Iona College Tutors Online Plus program in New Rochelle, New York. This virtual program focuses on mindfulness and social emotional learning with children and families in the surrounding community. With the college’s Interprofessional Education initiative, she also provides interprofessional learning experiences for social work interns and undergraduate and graduate students of other disciplines.

In her free time, Pitts enjoys traveling, amusement parks, performing arts, and spending time with close friends and family.

Notable awards, honors and appointments

Awards

  • Service and Leadership Award - Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work - May 2021
  • Social Justice Award - Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work - April 2020
  • Black History in the Making Award - Virginia Commonwealth University, February 2020

Appointments

  • President, VCU School of Social Work Doctoral Student Association - July 2020-June 2021
  • Ph.D. Representative, VCU School of Social Work Student Leadership Council - July 2020-June 2021
  • Ph.D. student advisor, VCU chapter of the Association of Black Social Workers (ABSW) - September 2019-May 2020

Scholarship

Selected publications

Pitts, B.E. (2021). Uneasy lies the head that wears a CROWN: A critical race analysis of Black hair and legal discrimination. Journal of Black Studies. Advance online publication. 

Cage, J., Coles, C. D., McGinnis, H. A., Yoon, S. & Pitts, B. E (2020). Validating the factor structure of the Drug Free Schools and Communities Scale for child welfare-involved youth. Journal of Public Child Welfare. Advance online publication. 

Liggett-Creel, K., Barth, R. P., Mayden, B. Pitts, B. E. (2017). The Parent University Program: Factors predicting change in responsive parenting behaviors. Children and Youth Services Review, 81, 10-20.

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School of Social Work
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Box 842027
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2027

Phone: (804) 828-1030
Fax: (804) 828-0716
Email: sswinfo@vcu.edu
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