Dana Harley

Dana Michelle Harley , PhD, MSW, LISW-S


Health Sciences Building
3225 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45267
Phone 513-556-4631
Fax 513-556-2077
Email dana.harley@uc.edu

Professional Summary

Dr. Harley is currently the PI of a $1.9 million 4-year Health and Human Services Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training grant. The grant funds our UC Bear-CAT Fellowship Program which is a collaboration between the School of Social Work, the College of Education and Human Services, Mental Health Counseling Program, School Counseling Program, and the Doctoral School Psychology Program. This purpose of the program is to increase the number of adequately prepared graduate-level behavioral health clinicians entering and continuing practice with at-risk children, adolescents, and transitional-age youth in the greater Cincinnati region. Program participants receive financial support, behavioral health training specific to the child, adolescent, and transitional-age youth population, with additional training focused on team-based care in integrated behavioral health and primary care settings, and telebehavioral health.
She is also a co-I of $1.25 million 4-year National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award that that supports high school students in conducting original research in the areas of substance use/misuse/abuse and/or mental health in their local communities. The goal is to engage young people directly in making an impact on health outcomes in their communities by tackling issues that they deem as important. Participating students gain scientific skills in conducting original research as well as literacy skills in academic writing and oral presentation. Her team provides teacher training and also work directly (about once each week) with teachers and students throughout the year.


Ph.D.Social Work: The Ohio State University Columbus, OH, 2011 (Child and Adolescent Mental Health)

Master of Social Work: University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH, 2003 (Child and Family Therapy)

B.A.: Wilberforce University Wilberforce, OH, 2003 (Mental Health Rehabilitation)

Research and Practice Interests

Community research and photovoice to study hope, optimism, and mental health in at-risk populations

Research Support

Grant: #R25MD019150 Investigators:Watts Taffe, S.; Harley, D. 07-05-2023 -12-31-2028 NIMHD SEPA Growing and Sustaining Community Change Researchers in STEM Role:Co-I Active Type:Grant

Grant: #MC1HP42109 Investigators:Harley, D.; Acquavita, S.; Brubaker, M.; Collins, T.; LaGuardia, A. 07-01-2021 -06-30-2025 HRSA University of Cincinnati Bear-CAT (Children, Adolescents, and Transitional-age Youth) Fellowship Role:PI $969,818.00 Active Type:Fellowship

2020 UC Urban Health Pathway UC Urban Pathway Pipeline Program Role:Co-PI $19,000

2018 UC Diversity & Inclusion Grant, Diversity Enhancement Project Role:PI $10,000

Grant: #M01HP31352 Investigators:Acquavita, Shauna; Brubaker, Michael; Harley, Dana; La Guardia, Amanda 09-30-2017 -08-31-2021 Health Resources and Services Administration FY 2017 BHWET Competition Role:Collaborator $478,168.00 Awarded Level:Federal

2017 Cincinnati Union Bethel DVHTP Grant

2017 UC Diversity & Inclusion Grant Diversity Enhancement Project, Role:PI $10,000

2016 UC CCTST Examining Underrepresented, Impoverished Minority Women’s Selection and Adherence to Healthcare Role:Co-PI

2016 UC Diversity & Inclusion Grant Diversity Enhancement Project Role:PI

2015 SAMSHA ow is the Time: Project AWARE-Community Grant w/ Boone County Schools Role:Co-PI $375,000

2014 -2015 Department of Health and Human Services-Health Resources and Services Administration Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Professionals and Paraprofessionals Role:PI $1,414,906

2014 Campbell County Schools and Campbell County Drug Free Alliance Photovoice Project-Perceptions of Marijuana Use among High School Students Role:PI $3,500

2014 ity of Cincinnati Police and Boys Hope- Girls Hope of Greater Cincinnati ( Cincy Photovoice Project Role:PI $5,680

2013 Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Sarah Center Photovoice Grant- Role:PI $2,269

2012 -2014 NKU University Community (School) Partnership Grant Role:PI $25,000

Grant: #Great Minds Behavioral Health Expansion Grant Investigators:Brammer, Susan; Harley, Dana; Richardson, George 02-16-2024 -03-30-2025 Ohio Department of Higher Education Great Minds Behavioral Health Expansion Grant Role:PI 538176.00 Hold Level:Ohio, State of


Peer Reviewed Publications

Kim, S., Canfield, J., Harley, D (2019. ) Using Photovoice as a method to examine microaggressions: Conceptualilzing culturally competent practice and curriculum with Asian Americans. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment. , ,

Canfield, J. & Harley, D., Teasley, M., & Nolan, J (2017. ) Validating the McKinney-Vento Act Implementation Scale: Examining the factor structure and reliability .Children and Schools, , 39 (1 ) ,53

Bowen, E., Canfield, J., Trostle, A., & Harley, D. (2016. ) Predictors of Stable Housing for Homeless Women Leaving a Sex Work-Exiting Program .Families in Society, , 96 (4 ) ,268 -276

Canfield, J., Nolan, J. Harley, D., & Elliott, W. (2016. ) Examining the impact of homelessness on school attendance: Using a Person-centered Approach. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal. , , 33 (3 ) ,199 -205

Harley, D. & Hunn, V (2015. ) Utilization of photovoice to explore hope and spirituality among low- income African American adolescents. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, , , 32 (1 ) ,3 -15

Harley, D. (2015. ) Perceptions of hopelessness among low-income African American adolescents through the lens of photovoice. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work,, , 24 ,18 -38

Harley, D., Hunn, V., Ellliott, W., Canfield, J. (2015. ) Photovoice as a culturally competent research methodology for African Americans .Journal of Pan African Studies, , 7 (9 ) ,31 -40

Hunn, V., Harley, D., Ellliott, W., & Canfield, J (2015. ) Microaggression and the mitigation of harm: four social workers’ exposition for care of clients, students, and faculty who suffer “a thousand little cuts. Journal of Pan African Studies,, , 7 (9 ) ,41 -54

Harley, D. (2015. ) Re-conceptualizing hope among urban African American Adolescents through the lens of photovoice .Journal of Ethnic & Culturally Diversity in Social Work., , 24 (4 ) ,280 -299

Kim, S., Wills, K, Canfield, J., Kazimierczuk, F., Harley, D., Hyppolite, M., & Desrosiers, P. Assessment of college students with the revised conflict tactics scale (CTS2): Sociodemographic characteristics and relationship .Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, ,

Kim, S., Canfield, J. P., Desrosiers, P., Harley, D., & Vanessa, H. Embracing inclusive excellence: Asian and Asian American College Students .Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, ,

Haddad, K., Canfield, J. & Harley, D. Exploring urban hassels and psychosocial needs of urban high schoolers in a school-wide needs assessment .School Social Work Journal, ,

Harley, D., Grome, S., Kim, S., McLendon, T., Hunn, V., Canfield, J., Rose, T., & Wells, A. Photovoice as a tool for exploring success and self-sustainability among low-income women .Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work, ,

Canfield, James P; Harley, Dana; Hunn, Vannessa; Haddad, Kristen L; Kim, Suk-Hee; Elliott, Willie; Mangan, Lori Development and initial validation of the urban adolescent hope scale.Journal of evidence-informed social work, , 15 (3 ) ,243-257 More Information

Canfield, J.P, Wilson, W.L.,Shute, L., King, A.N., Smith, K.J., & Harley,D. (2023. ) Dimensions of hope and the school environment: Results from a school-wide needs assessment at an urban high school. International Journal of School Social Work., ,

LaGuardia, A., Acquavita, S., Brubaker, M., Harley, D., Duan, Q., & McCoy, J. (2022. ) Professionals Ready to Integrate Care: A Mental Health Training Collaborative. .Family Systems & Health, ,

Canfield, J., Kokotek, L., Kim, S., Kinney, W., & Harley, D. (2022. ) Screening for Social Communication and Mental Health Needs in Schools: Initial Validation of the School-based Social Communication Skillset Screener (SSCSS). .Children and Schools, ,

Canfield, J., Harley, D.,Kim, S. (2022. ) Perceived Educational Experiences Related to School Climate as Predictors of Hope for Urban Adolescents: Results from a School Needs Assessment. .School Social Work Journal, ,

Bislick, L., Dietz, A., Duncan, E.S., Garza, P., Gleason, R., Harley, D., Kersey, G., Kersey, T., Mamlekar, C.R.*, McCarthy, M.J., Noe, V., Rushlow, D., Rushlow, J. C., VanAllan,S. (2022. ) Finding “zen” in aphasia: Documenting resilience & copingfollowing mind- body interventions. .American Journalof Speech-Language Pathology, Special Issue: Clinical Aphasiology Conference 50th Anniversary, , 31 ,133 More Information

Book Chapter

Harley, D. (2013 ) Never Seek Validation from the Oppressor What is the Color of Your Heart? A Humanist Approach to Diversity .(pp. 300 -301).Dubuque, IA, Kendall Hunt

Honors and Awards

2019 -2020 UC Women Lead Executive Leadership Program UC Office of the Provost

2019 Excellence in Service Award UC College of Allied Health Sciences

2019 Maendeleo Award for Promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure

2018 Marian Spencer Equity Ambassador Award University of Cincinnati

2017 Excellence in Teaching Award UC College of Allied Health Sciences

2016 Excellence in Research and Funding Award UC Celebration of Black Excellence

2015 Distinguished Alumni Award UC College of Allied Health Sciences

2014 Distinguished Alumni Award UC School of Social Work

2014 Greatest Impact Award Northern Kentucky University, Student Support Services

2013 Innovative Teaching Award SAGE/Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

2013 Faculty Summer Fellowship Research Award NKU

2012 Faculty Excellence Award for Excellent Performance in Outreach or Public Engagement NKU

2011 Dissertation Research Award SAMHSA

2011 Student Scholarship Poster Award Columbia University Winter Roundtable Conference

2003 Outstanding Intern Award Rockdale School-Based Health Center/University of Cincinnati

2001 National Institutes of Health Post-Baccalaureate Training Award Wilberforce University)

2001 Cooperative Education Student of the Year Wilberforce University

2022 CAHS Faculty Excellence in Research and Scholarly Works Award

2023 Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentorship Award

Contact Information

Academic - Health Sciences Building
3225 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati  Ohio, 45267
Phone: 513-556-4631
Fax: 513-556-2077