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About Paul Clark

Dr. Clark received a PhD in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He earned the MSW from Norfolk State University with a dual concentration in social work practice in mental health and macro practice settings. Prior to earning the MSW, Dr. Clark received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Christopher Newport College.
Dr. Clark’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of social work practice in health and mental health settings, behavioral oncology, development of evidence-based practice in community oncology settings, and the role of social work in cancer survivorship. He is particularly interested in the efficacy and effectiveness of social work interventions for decreasing cancer-related distress and improvement of quality of life.
In addition to his experience as an educator and researcher, Dr. Clark has engaged in the practice of social work in health and mental health settings for more than 25 years as both a clinician and administrator.
Dr. Clark is an assistant professor of social work. He joined the faculty at the University of North Florida in August 2014.


2021 - Present Associate Profressor, University of North Florida
2017 - 2021 Assistant Professor and BSW Program Director, University of North Florida
2014 - 2017 Assistant Professor, University of North Florida
2012 - 2014 Director of Field Education, George Mason University ‐ Social Work Department
2008 - 2012 Assistant Professor, George Mason University ‐ Social Work Department
2007 - 2008 Instructor, George Mason University ‐ Social Work Department
2004 - 2007 Adjunct Professor, George Mason University ‐ Social Work Department
2005 Oncology Social Worker, Inova Health System ‐ Life with Cancer®/Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, VA

Curriculum Vitae



2018 - 2019 Exploring the Impact of Social Work Field Education on Community Partners’ Organizational Capacity and Service Delivery
University of North Florida
Community Engagement Research (CER) Faculty Fellowship
Role: Co-Investigator
Colleague(s): Jennifer Spaulding-Givens
2013 - 2013 Does time of survivorship care planning reduce distress of cancer patients?
National Institutes of Health
National Cancer Institute Examination of Survivorship Care Planning Efficacy and Impact
Role: Co-Investigator
Colleague(s): James Zabora
2013 - 2013 Need Sleep? A cognitive behavioral intervention for cancer patients with insomnia
Inova Health System
Seed Research Grant for Inova-affiliated investigators
Role: Co-Investigator
Colleague(s): James Zabora
2009 - 2009 Project 6C: Improving Adjuvant Oral Drug Adherence among Diverse Patients with Limited Health Literacy
Inova Health System
Mason-Inova Life Sciences Research Collaboration Fund
Role: Co-Investigator
Colleague(s): Melinda Villagran
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2016 - Present Representative to the Florida Education Association, United Faculty of Florida
2015 - Present Member, Annual Performance Evaluation and Promotion and Tenure Guidelines Committee, UNF
2015 - Present Member, Northeast Florida Cancer Control Collaborative
2014 - Present Member, Faculty Development Committee, Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work, UNF
2011 - Present Reviewer, Integrated Cancer Therapies
2011 - Present Reviewer, Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
2011 - Present Reviewer, Journal of Social Service Research
2011 - Present Reviewer, Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer
2011 - Present Reviewer, Progress in Palliative Care
2011 - Present Reviewer, Psycho-Oncology
2011 - Present Reviewer, Social Work in Health Care
2008 - Present Member, BSW Curriculum Committee, Department of Social Work, George Mason University
2004 - Present Member, Council on Social Work Education
2004 - Present Member, Society for Social Work and Research
1998 - Present Member, Association of Oncology Social Workers
1998 - Present Member, Florida Society of Oncology Social Workers
1991 - Present Licensee, LCSW State of Florida
1989 - Present Licensee, LCSW State of Virginia
1987 - Present Member, Academy of Certified Social Workers
1985 - Present Member, National Association of Social Workers
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Honors and Awards

  • 2016 Social Work Educator of the Year, National Association of Social Workers, Florida Chapter, Northeast Unit
  • 2015 Oncology Social Worker of the Year, Florida Society of Oncology Social Workers


  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment (SOW 5107)
  • Field Education I and II (SOW 4511 & 4512)
  • Social Work in Health Care (SOW 4990/4602)
  • Principles of Social Service Provision (SOW 4352)
  • Social Work with Groups (SOW 4323)
  • Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities (SOW 4322)


2008 PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University ‐ School of Social Work
1985 MSW, Norfolk State University ‐ School of Social Work
1981 BA, Christopher Newport University ‐ Sociology

Contact Information

University of North Florida
Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
1 UNF Dr.
Jacksonville, FL 32224


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