Neil Abell

Professor, Director of International Programs
Neil Abell

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Office Location
University Center C3409
(850) 644-9753
Resume / CV

Neil Abell is a professor and director of International Programs for the college since 2011. He facilitates experiences in international social work for students that include field placements, study abroad and exchange opportunities, and the Alternative Spring Break program. His research and teaching focus on international social work along with HIV/AIDs, social justice, human rights and mindfulness.


  • Human Rights
  • International Social Work
  • Mindfulness


  • PhD, 1986, Florida State University; Social Work
  • MSW, 1982, Florida State University; Social Work
  • BS, 1979, Florida State University; Psychology
  • AA, 1977 Valencia Community College


Abell, N., & Rutledge, S. E. (2010). Awareness, acceptance, and action: Developing mindful collaborations in international HIV/AIDS research and service. British Journal of Social Work, 40, 656-675.

Rutledge, S. E., Abell, N., Padmore, J., & McCann, T. (2009). AIDS stigma in health services in the Eastern Caribbean. Sociology of Health Care & Illness, 31(1), 17-34.

Abell, N., Rutledge, S., McCann, T., & Padmore, J. (2007). Examining HIV/AIDS provider stigma: Assessing regional concerns in the islands of the Eastern Caribbean. AIDS Care, 19(2), 242-247.

Dong, S., Miles, L., Abell, N. & Martinez, J. (December, 2018). Development of Professional Identity for Counseling Professionals: A Mindfulness-Based Perspective. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 40(4), 469-480.

Rutledge, S., & Abell, N. (2005). Awareness, acceptance, and action: An emerging framework for understanding AIDS stigmatizing attitudes among community leaders in Barbados. AIDS Patient Care and STDS, 19, 186-99.

McPherson, J., & Abell, N. (In Press). Measuring rights-based practice: Introducing the Human Rights Methods in Social Work scales. British Journal of Social Work. 

Lowenthal, E., Genn, L., Chapman, J., Okatch, H., Abell, N., Marukutira, T., Tshume, O., Anabwani, G., & Gross, R. (2018). Pharmacy refill data are poor predictors of virologic treatment outcomes in adolescents with HIV in Botswana. AIDS and Behavior, 14. doi:

Kennedy, S., Abell, N., & Martin, A. (2014). Initial validation of the Mental Health Provider Stigma Inventory. Research on Social Work Practice, 1-13. doi:10.1177/1049731514563577

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.

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.


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


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.

Neil Abell