Faculty and Staff

Reshawna Chapple, Ph.D., LCSW, is an associate professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Central Florida. She has worked as a clinical social worker in the areas of mental health, crisis intervention, education and disabilities. Her teaching focuses on culturally responsive social work practice, psychosocial pathologies, intimate partner violence, clinical practice with families and forensic social work. Chapple’s research contributes to the scholarship in the areas of Critical Deaf Studies, Critical Race Feminism, and the intersections of Social Work Praxis. Her body of work advances social justice-oriented frameworks by employing Black feminists’ theories and qualitative methodologies to examine the lived experiences of marginalized individuals, intersecting identities, structural inequities and mental health disparities. Chapple’s work seeks to fill significant gaps in the literature related to mental health treatment disparities and access to culturally responsive services for Black women and D/deaf women who have experienced trauma related to intimate partner violence. She received her BSW, MSW and Ph.D. in Justice Studies from Arizona State University. Her dissertation was titled: Being a Deaf Woman in College is Hard. Being Black Just Adds: Understanding the Complexities of Intersectionality.


  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, Justice and Social Inquiry, Arizona State University
  • MSW, Master of Social Work, Advanced Direct Practice, Arizona State University
  • LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Areas of Specialty
  • Critical Deaf Studies
  • Critical Race Feminism and Intersectionality
  • Culturally Responsive Mental Health Treatment and Access to Services
  • Intimate Partner Violence and Trauma Recovery
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Telemental Health
  • Informed Care

Research Grants

Social Work

Nurse Education Practice Quality Retention Simulation Education Training/Public Health Simulation-Infused Program (PHSIP)

  • PI: Desiree Diaz - College of Nursing
  • Co-PI: Reshawna Chapple
  • Amount: $495,678 | Timeframe: 09/02/2022 - 08/31/2024
    Funding Type: Extramural Research
    Funding Agency: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
    Social Work

    Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Equity in Health and Functioning for Adults with Physical, Cognitive, Sensory and Developmental Disabilities from Marginalized Communities

  • PI: Reshawna Chapple
  • Amount: $367,811 | Timeframe: 09/01/2022 - 08/31/2027
    Funding Type: Extramural Research
    Funding Agency: Regents of the University of Michigan, The
    Social Work

    AECR: Deaf Women’s Experience Receiving Trauma Related Services After Intimate Partner Violence

  • PI: Reshawna Chapple
  • Amount: $7,500 | Timeframe: 05/01/2019 - 04/30/2020
    Funding Type: Internal
    Funding Agency: University of Central Florida, Office of Research
    Social Work

    Expanding SBIRT Workforce Capacity in Central Florida: SBIRT Training for Graduate Social Work Students and Community Health Professionals

  • PI: Shawn Lawrence
  • Co-PI: Mary Ann Burg
  • Co-PI: Reshawna Chapple
  • Co-PI:
  • Co-PI: Kimberley Gryglewicz
  • Amount: $807,538 | Timeframe: 09/30/2015 - 09/29/2019
    Funding Type: Extramural Research
    Funding Agency: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • Intersectionality and Disability: A Conversation with Reshawna Chapple, PhD, LCSW

    Written By: Sara Turner | April 12, 2023
    University of Michigan’s Center for Disability Health and Wellness spoke with UCF School of Social Work Assistant Professor Reshawna Chapple on her research as co-director for the AHEAD-MC RRTC (Advancing...
  • Getting to the Heart of the Matter

    Written By: Julie Harper ’01 | March 17, 2023
    An interdisciplinary team of UCF researchers are focusing on the human connection to improve heart health in medically underserved communities thanks to a new grant from the U.S. Department of...
  • Reshawna Chapple Co-PI on a $5 Million Interdisciplinary Grant at UM

    Written By: University of Michigan, CDHW | October 28, 2022
    The Center for Disability Health and Wellness (CDHW) at the University of Michigan (U-M), has been awarded a five-year, $5 million grant dedicated to enhancing the health and functioning of...
  • 2021 Women’s History Month Honorees

    Written By: ALLISON HURTADO ’12 AND NICHOLAS GARDNER | March 4, 2021
    Recognized by Faculty Excellence, the 2021 honorees have not wavered in their commitments as mentors, role models, friends, researchers and teachers. Every March, Faculty Excellence honors 31 women for their impact on...
  • Reshawna Chapple Selected as Faculty Fellow for Inclusive Excellence

    Written By: UCF School of Social Work | December 9, 2020
    School of Social Work Associate Professor Reshawna Chapple has done much throughout her academic career to address inclusion and diversity among faculty and students. Chapple’s recent selection as UCF’s Faculty...
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