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Llewellyn J. Cornelius, PhD

Inducted in 2024

Current Position

Donald L. Hollowell Distinguished Professor of Social Justice and Civil Rights Studies, School of Social Work, University of Georgia



Llewellyn J. Cornelius, PhD, LCSW, is the Donald Lee Hollowell Distinguished Professor of Civil Rights and Social Justice Studies Director Center for Social Justice, Human, and Civil Rights at the University of Georgia. He has more than 26 years as a Maryland Licensed Social Worker providing psycho-social support to individuals and families, 31 years of experience in Multicultural Community-Based Participatory Research and more than 40 years of experience in advanced survey design, statistical support, and evaluation research. He has trained more than 150 professionals in designing and conducting outcomes research, coached 36 mid-career social workers in leadership development, mentored 42 doctoral students, trained 10 post MD/PhD early career minority researchers as part of the Association of American Medical Colleges Minority Health Services Research Program and taught more than 2,600 MSW and BSW students. Dr. Cornelius’ research focuses on developing community-responsive, culturally appropriate educational, attitudinal and behavioral change interventions as well as examining the barriers to the adoption of successful interventions by individuals, practitioners and communities. Dr. Cornelius has been recognized as the fifth most-cited African American scholar in social work, Cornelius’s book, Designing and conducting health surveys: a comprehensive guide, has been cited more than 2,450 times since it was published in 2006. In May of 2014 he published a book entitled A social justice approach for survey design and analysis. New York: Oxford University Press. In 2019, he received the Carl A. Scott Memorial Lecturer Award by the Council on Social Work Education for his lifetime achievements in social and economic justice. Since 2016 he has produced a podcast series entitled Voices for Social Justice, which has had more than 116 shows covering a variety of social justice issues.

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