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College of Social Work: Professor Neil Abell
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Neil Abell

Director of International Programs


  • Ph.D., 1986, Florida State University; Social Work
  • M.S.W., 1982, Florida State University; Social Work
  • B.S., 1979, Florida State University; Psychology
  • A.A., 1977 Valencia Community College

Research Interests

End of Life Issues, HIV / AIDS, International Social Work, Measurement Development, Mindfulness

Selected Peer Review Articles and Publications

Whitaker, M. P. & Abell, N. (2014). The Controllability in Intimate Relationships Scale: Measuring control macro contexts. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work (Advance online publication). doi:10.1177/0886109913519790.

McPherson, J., & Abell, N. (2012). Human rights engagement and exposure: Two new scales and a challenge to social work education. Research on Social Work Practice, 22(6), 704-713.

Rutledge, S.E, Whyte, J., Abell, N., Brown, K., & Cesnales, N. (2011). Measuring stigma among health-care and social-service providers: The HIV/AIDS Provider Stigma Inventory. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 25(11), 673-682.

Buckey, J.W., & Abell, N. (2010) Life-sustaining treatment decisions: A social work response to meeting needs of health care surrogates and proxies. Journal on Social Work In Palliative and End-of-Life Care, 6(1-2), 27-50.

Thompson, M., & Abell, N. (2010). Trauma Resilience Scale: Validation of protective factors associated with adaptation following violence, Research on Social Work Practice, 20(2), 223-233.

Books Published

Abell, N., Springer, D., & Kamata, A. (2009). Developing and validating rapid assessment instruments. New York: Oxford University Press.

Biegel, D.E., Farkas, K.J., Abell, N., Goodin, J., & Friedman, B. (1989). Social Support Networks: A Bibliography, 1983-1987. New York: Greenwood Press.

Selected Grants

Abell, N. Funding service addressing social work and HIV/AIDS in Northern India (Delhi, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Varanasi, and Allahabad). U.S. State Department Speakers and Specialists Grant. ($17,000). 2005 Nov.

Rutledge, S.E., Abell, N. Expression and impact of HIV/AIDS Provider Stigma in the West Indies: Examining the context of testing, treatment, and care. Florida State University Council on Research & Creativity Planning Grant. ($9,848). 2003 Nov.

J. Byers, Ph.D., Abell, N. Evaluation of HIV prevention projects. Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services. ($75,000). 1995-1996.

L. Vinton, Ph.D., Abell, N. Evaluation of the Medicaid Assisted Living Waiver for the Frail Elderly Program. Agency fo Health Care Administration and Department of Elder Affairs. ($61,445). 1995-1996.

Abell, N. Psychosocial processes in family care-giving for persons with HIV/AIDS. Florida State University Planning Grant. ($12,795). 1992-1994.

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