Freda Coleman-Reed is pursuing her Ph.D. in Social Work. She is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and holds two B.S. degrees from Towson State University in Chemistry and Biology. She received her M.S.W. from The University of Alabama. Her professional career includes administrative and clinical experience in a number of areas: Child Protective Services, Therapeutic Foster Care, Adoption, Community Mental Health, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Grief Recovery. She is active in her community with several community agencies such as the Healing Place, Special Programming for Achievement Network, and Big Brothers/ Big Sisters of the Shoals.
Ms. Coleman-Reed is the recipient of a Southern Regional Education Board fellowship. Her thesis presentation on “Cognitive Appraisal and Grandparent Caregiver Well-being” resulted in her selection as a finalist in The University of Alabama’s first Three Minute Thesis competition. Her research interests include factors contributing to grandparent-headed family well-being, empowerment practice with intergenerational and grandparent-headed families, resilience, and family policy.
The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.