Family Social Work

Brenda Legaspi

Areas Of Focus 

  • Bereavement
  • Child Social Work
  • End of Life Issues
  • Family Social Work
  • Gerontology 
  • Medical Social Work
  • Spirituality & Social Work Practice 


  • MSW, 2006, University of Central Florida; Social Work
  • BS, 1996, Indiana University; Public Affairs

Jessica Pryce

Areas of Focus

  • Child Welfare
  • Family Social Work
  • Race/ Ethnicity


  • PhD, Howard University, Social Work
  • MSW, Florida State University, Social Work (Child Welfare)
  • BA, Florida Southern College, Sociology & Criminology

Selected Peer Review Articles and Publications

Victoria Verano


Victoria (Vicky) Verano is a teaching professor and a licensed clinical social worker in Florida. She serves as a field placement advisor for both undergraduate students and graduate students. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses related to family violence, loss and bereavement and medical social work. 

Karen Oehme


Karen Oehme is a research associate and Distinguished University Scholar with the College of Social Work and is the director of the FSU Institute for Family Violence Studies.  Her research and the mission of the institute center around addressing domestic and intimate partner violence, trauma, and resilience, child welfare, and family law and social work issues. She is currently also the Chair of the global Academic Resilience Consortium (  

Nicholas Mazza


Nicholas Mazza, Ph.D., is Dean Emeritus and Patricia V. Vance Professor of Social Work Emeritus. He served as a faculty member from 1981 through 2015, the last seven years as dean (2008-2015). He is a published poet, and the founding (1987) and continuing editor of the Journal of Poetry Therapy. He is currently serving a second term as president of the National Association for Poetry Therapy (2022-2024). He holds Florida licenses in clinical social work, psychology, and marriage & family therapy.

Gerri Goldman

Gerri Goldman is an assistant teaching professor with the College of Social Work located at the FSU Panama City campus. She is a licensed clinical social worker, a qualified supervisor for clinical social workers and mental health counselors and is a Florida Board certified addiction professional. Her research areas of expertise include substance use, trauma, and experiential learning. She also teaches courses on child welfare, family social work, homelessness and women’s issues.

Carol Campbell Edwards

Carol Campbell Edwards is an assistant teaching professor and director of the BSW Program and Professional Development with the College of Social Work. She is also a licensed clinical social worker and approved clinical social work supervisor with expertise in child welfare. She is a Florida Board Certified Child Welfare Trainer and certified as a facilitator by True Colors International. She is also a private consultant on foster care and adoption, child welfare training and curriculum development.