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Dr. Coleen Cicale earned her MSW at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. There, she discovered the importance of social work participation in the legislative process, and she pursued this passion to earn a PhD in Public Affairs - Social Work at the University of Central Florida. In her research and as a professor, she connects the micro to the macro to convey the importance of bridging the gap between frontline work in serving individuals and families and the policies that guide and fund the work. Before joining Tulane University’s faculty, Dr. Cicale completed the first study in Florida identifying risk factors associated with adolescent perpetrated domestic violence towards a parent. These findings supported the first piece of state legislation to protect victims of adolescent perpetrated domestic violence towards a parent. She continues to conduct this research while advising 25 students per semester and teaching many of Tulane’s core courses from Social Welfare History and Policy to Data Analysis and Interpretation. In her spare time, Dr. Cicale enjoys exploring her new home in New Orleans and falling in love with every dog she sees.



Cicale, Coleen, "Risk Factors Associated with the Arrest for Adolescent to Parent Abuse" (2018). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2004-2019. 6018. https://stars.library.ucf.edu/etd/6018