Saint Louis University

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Research Interests: Race and gender issues in low-income communities; African American grandmothers & extended parenting; International social work

Teaching Areas: Theory and practice with communities, organizations and groups; Community development and organizing; Diversity issues in social work practice; International social work

Education History: PhD, University of Michigan
MSW, Wayne State University

Community and Professional Service: Board member of Beyond Housing, Let's Start, & African Immigrant & Refugee Services
Member, MSW Program Committee
Chair, MSW Recruitment & Financial Aid Committee
Member, School of Social Services Rank & Tenure Committee
Member, Community Concentration Committee
Member of National Association of Social Workers
Member of National Association of Black Social Workers
Member & Site Visitor, Council on Social Work Education

Tegeler Hall, 303

(314) 977-2735


Professor Abram teaches community development and organizing, social work practice theory, diversity, and international social work courses. She has 18+ years of full-time faculty service and 6+ years of practice experience in the areas of community mental health, gerontology, and housing.

Abram has also been involved in several research projects that combine her interests in race and gender issues, practice experience in the areas of substance abuse, and community service work with African American grandmothers in family systems affected by drug abuse and/or incarceration. Professor Abram has also produced several publications related to her teaching and research.