• Education:
    BA, Spelman College
    MSW, University of Georgia
    PhD, University of Georgia
    Dr. King’s long-standing commitment to disadvantaged, vulnerable and marginalized populations is evidenced through her professional and research experiences working with children and families in juvenile justice, child welfare, education, nonprofit and homeless/transitional housing settings. Her research focuses on health behaviors and health disparities that impact the adolescent and young adult life experience including dating violence, delinquency, substance use, mental health, and sexual risk behaviors while giving attention to social determinants of health and the promotion of health behaviors.

    Dr. King lives by the motto, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” This quote taken directly from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 Letter from a Birmingham jail has resonated with her as a social worker and reflects the impact she seeks to make in the lives of individuals, families, communities and systems.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2019 The Use of a Community-Based Preconception Peer Health Educator Training Intervention to Improve Preconception Health Knowledge 2019
    2019 Learning Outcomes for Adolescent SBIRT Simulation Training in Social Work and Nursing Education 2019
    2019 Teaching self-care: The utilization of self-care in social work practicum to prevent compassion fatigue, burnout, and vicarious trauma 2019
    2018 Socioeconomic Status, Family Functioning and Delayed Care Among Children With Special Needs 2018
    2018 Suicidality and Other Health Risk Behaviors among Female Youth in Juvenile Detention 2018
    2018 Development and promotion of student advocacy skills within a human trafficking course. 2018
    2017 An assessment of sexual health risk behaviors among female youth in juvenile detention 2017
    2017 Quality of life among U.S. Army spouses during the Iraq war 2017
    2017 Mental health for youth: Applying an African-centered approach 2017
    2017 Adolescent predictors of female dating violence perpetration 2017
    2016 Exploring the behavior of juveniles and young adults raised by custodial grandmothers 2016
    2015 An Exploration of Risk Factors Associated With Dating Violence: Examining the Predictability of Adolescent Female Dating Violence Perpetration 2015
    2015 Health-Risk Behaviors and Dating Violence Victimization: An Examination of the Associated Risk Behaviors among Detained Female Youth 2015
    2011 An assessment of secondary traumatic stress in juvenile justice education workers 2011

    Research Overview

  • Health risk behaviors, minority health disparities, social determinants of health, preconception health, and adverse childhood experiences
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work, University of Georgia 2012
  • Master of Social Work, University of Georgia 2008
  • Full Name

  • Dione King