Dr Jocelyn DeVance Taliaferro

Associate Professor

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Prior to her life in academia, Dr. Jocelyn DeVance Taliaferro spent more than 15 years in the field of social work and nonprofit administration, which included Middle and Senior Management positions.  Dr. Taliaferro has been an active member on several nonprofit boards of directors in Washington DC, Maryland, Delaware, and North Carolina.  She served as Secretary and later Chair of the Baltimore City Mayor's Mental Health Advisory Committee.  Her current research interests include nonprofit lobbying and African American student achievement.  Upcoming and recent articles appear in the Journal of Child and Family Social Work, Journal of Policy Practice, Administration in Social Work and Education and Urban Society. Most recently she has been elected to the board of directors of Youth Thrive and Hip Hop Haven, Inc. in Raleigh, NC.  Dr. Taliaferro currently serves as a board member of the Urban Affairs Association an international organization for urban scholars.

Extension and Community Engagement

Board Member:  

Youth Thrive

Hip Hop Haven

Urban Affairs Association


Taliaferro, J. D., Lutz, Moore, Scipie (2014) Increasing Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity: Effective Substance Treatment in the Adult Lesbian Population. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment 24(5) 582-588 DOI:10.1080/10911359.2014.914826 

Ruggiano, N., Taliaferro, J. D., Dillon, F., Granger,T., & Scher, J., (2014) Networking for Policy Advocacy:  Identifying Predictors of Advocacy Success Among Human Service Organizations.  Human Services Organizations Management, Leadership & Governance 38(1) 89-102

Ruggiano, N., Taliaferro, J. D., & Shtompel, N. (2013). Interorganizational partnerships as a strategy for lobbying: Nonprofit administrators’ perspectives on collaborating for systems-level change. Journal of Community Practice. 21, 263-281. doi: 10.1080/10705422.2013.811620.

Taliaferro, J. D. & Ruggiano, N. (2013) The L Word:  Nonprofits, Language, and Lobbying.   Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 40(2) 151 – 169.

Taliaferro, J. D., Casstevens, W. J., & Decuir-Gunby, J. T. (2013).  Working with African American families using narrative therapy:  An operational citizenship and critical race theory framework.  The International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, 1, 34-45.


  • PhD in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from University of Delaware
  • MSW in Administration/Child & Family Welfare from Howard University
  • BA in Psychology from University of Delaware