M.S.W., North Carolina State University
B.S.W., North Carolina State University
Camie Tomlinson is a second-year doctoral student at VCU School of Social Work. She received her Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work degrees from North Carolina State University. During her graduate studies, Camie worked as a graduate research assistant at the Center for Family and Community Engagement, a research center that promotes community and government partnerships and provides training and evaluation for child welfare practitioners in North Carolina. Prior to beginning doctoral studies, Camie worked as an adoption social worker within a North Carolina county department of social services in North Carolina.
Informed by her practice experience and personal experience as an individual who was adopted internationally, Camie’s research interests include promoting the psychosocial development of youth who are or have been in foster care. Her current research focuses on identifying risk and protective factors (e.g., marginalized identity, social support, human-animal interaction) that impact the relation between childhood adversity and psychosocial outcomes, and the mechanisms through which adversity shapes development throughout childhood and into adulthood. Camie’s long-term goal is to translate her research to inform intervention and prevention efforts that promote positive developmental outcomes for youth in foster care and that address health disparities among marginalized groups within the child welfare system (e.g., racially minoritized youth, LGBTQ+ youth).
Notable awards, honors and appointments
- VCU School of Social Work Service & Leadership Award - 2021
- ResilienceCon LifePaths Promising Scholar Award - 2021
- Treasurer, Doctoral Student Association - July 2020-present
- Student representative, Academic Programs Committee - September 2020-present
- Tomlinson, C. A., Pittman, S. K., Murphy, J. L., Matijczak, A., & McDonald, S. E. (in press). Psychometric evaluation of the Comfort from Companion Animals Scale in a sexual and gender minority sample. Anthrozoös.
- McDonald, S. E., O’Connor, K., Matijczak, A., Tomlinson, C. A., Applebaum, J. W., Murphy, J. L., & Zsembik, B. A. (2021). Attachment to pets moderates transitions in latent patterns of mental health following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic: Results of a survey of U.S. adults. Animals, 11, Article 895.
- Tomlinson, C. A., Matijczak, A., McDonald, S. E., & Gee, N. R. (2021). The role of human-animal interaction in child and adolescent development. In B. Halpern-Felsher (Ed.), The encyclopedia of child and adolescent health. Elsevier.
- Matijczak, A., McDonald, S. E., Tomlinson, C. A., Murphy, J. L., & O’Connor, K. (2021). The moderating effect of comfort from companion animals and social support on the relationship between microaggressions and mental health in LGBTQ+ emerging adults. Behavioral Sciences, 11, Article 1.