Dr Natalie Ames

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Associate Professor and BSW Program Director

Extension and Community Engagement

Member, NASW-NC Chapter Ethics Committee, 2013 - present

Member, Wake County Health Literacy Coalition, 2012 - 2014

Member, Community Advisory Board, Wake County Nurse Family Partnership, 2011 - present

Readability consultant for public information materials, The Healing Place of Wake County, 2010

Reviewer, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 2008-present

Editorial Review Board, Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics, 2015-present

Secretary/Treasurer, West Virginia Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Network Board of Directors, 2000-03.

Member, Board of Directors, The Connecting Link, Inc., Morgantown, WV, 2000-03

Publications

PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

Ames, N.  (2018, March 29).  Readability, suitability, and writing for clients with limited literacy skills.  Journal of Social Work.  Retrieved from http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1468017318767091

Stansbury, K., & Ames, N. (2017, Fall/Winter).  Intimate partner violence in the African American community: Addressing intimate partner violence: A social work model for community engagement with clergy and other faith-based leaders.  NASW Mental Health Section Connection.

Ames, N.  (2016).  Writing clearly for clients: What social workers should know.  Social Work, 61(2), 167-169.

Hancock, T.U., Ames, N., & Behnke, A.O.  (2014).  Protecting rural church-going immigrant women from family violence.  Journal of Family Violence.  In press. 

Behnke, A.O., Ames, N., & Hancock, T. (2012).  What would they do? Latino church leaders and domestic violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 27(7), 1259-1275.

Ames, N., Hancock, T.U., & Behnke, A.O.  (2011).  Latino church leaders and domestic violence: Attitudes and knowledge.  Families in Society, 92(2), 161-167.

Taliaferro, J. D., & Ames, N.  (2010).  Implementing an elective BSW community-based evaluation research course.   Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, 15(1), 105-119.

Hancock, T.U., & Ames, N.  (2008).  Toward a model for engaging Latino lay ministers in domestic violence intervention.  Families in Society, 89(4), 623-630.

Ames, N.  Medically underserved children’s access to health care: A review of the literature.  (2008).  Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 18(1), 64-77.

Ames, N.  Teaching recording and documentation to BSW students: An exploratory study of     field instructors’ views.  (2008).  Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, 13(2), 69–82.

Farr, A.C., & Ames, N.  (2008).  Using diffusion of innovation theory to encourage the development of a children’s health collaborative: A formative evaluation.  Journal of Health Communication, 13, 375-388.

Ames, N.  (2007).  Improving underserved children's access to healthcare: Practitioners’ views.  Journal of Child Health Care, 11(3), 175-185.

Ames, N., & Diepstra, S.A.  (2006).  Using intergenerational oral history service-learning projects to teach human behavior concepts: A qualitative analysis.  Educational Gerontology, 32(8), 721-735.

Diepstra, S. A., & Ames, N. (2006).  Intergenerational and diverse oral history: Pedagogical connections and outcomes for BSW HBSE courses.   Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, 11(2), 115-125.   

Ames, N. (2002).  What are we teaching our students about social work recording: An             exploratory study.  Arete, 26(2), 100-106.

Ames, N. (1999).  Social work recording: A new look at an old issue.  Journal of Social Work Education, 35(2), 227-237.

Ames, N. (1988).  One more look at PMS: Implications for women of a new focus on an old    problem.  Health Education, 19(2), 48‑52.

Ames, N. (1985).  Hypertension: The demographics of management and control.  Health Education 16(4), 11‑14.

Ames, N. (1984).  The socialization of women into and out of sport.  Journal of the National Association of Women Deans, Administrators and Counselors 47(2), 3‑8.

INVITED JOURNAL ARTICLE

Brown, P., Ames, N., Mettger, W., Smith, T., & Friedell, G. (1993).  Closing the comprehension gap: Low literacy and the Cancer Information Service. Monograph/Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 14, 157‑163.

BOOK

Ames, N., & Fitzgerald, K.  (2015).  Writing clearly for clients and colleagues: The human service practitioner’s guide.  Chicago, IL: Lyceum. 

BOOK CHAPTERS

Ames, N., & Ware, L. F.  (2015).  Latino Protestants and violence against women.  In A. Johnson (Ed.), Religion and men’s violence against women.  New York, NY: Springer.  

Ames, N., & Diepstra, S.A.  (2009).  Oral history studies.  In B. Thyer (Ed.), The handbook of social work research methods  (2nded.).  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 

Ames, N., & Diepstra, S.A. (2007).  Human behavior and the social environment: An oral history        service-learning project.  In M. Nadel, M. Sullivan-Cosetti, & V. Majewski (Eds.), Social work and service learning: Partnerships for social justice.  Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

NON-PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

Ames, N.  (2015 Winter).  What is readability and why should it matter to social workers?  The New Social Worker, 22(1), 10-12.

Ames, N.  Three cheers for plain language. (2014, September/October).  Social Work Today. Retrieved from http://www.socialworktoday.com/archive/exc_100614.shtml

Ames, N., Farr, A.C., & Metelsky, B.  (2005).  Building a child health collaborative: A network analysis.  North Carolina State University, Institute for Nonprofits.

Ames, N.  (2004, August 30).  Clear Writing Critical: Nonprofits should write in a way clients can understand.  Philanthropy Journal, 5(34).  http://philanthropyjournal.org.   

Ames, N., Phillips, R., Allen, K., & Saab J. (1986).  The West Virginia smokeless tobacco education program, Cancer Communications System, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.

Ames, N.  (1984).  Nursing care of victims of family violence (book review), Choice 22(1), 138.

Ames, N. (1983).  Power and the profession of obstetrics (book review), Choice 20(9), 317.

TRAINING MATERIALS

Ames, N., Hancock, T.U., Behnke, A.O.  (2011).  Lighting the way to a better future: A domestic violence prevention program for churches.  A guide for community domestic violence team members.  Community-Engaged Scholarship for Health. 

Ames, N., Hancock, T.U., Behnke, A.O.  (2011).  Lighting the way to a better future: A domestic violence prevention program for churches.  A resource manual for pastors.  Community-Engaged Scholarship for Health.

Ames, N. (Writer/Director), & Williams, L. (Writer/Director).  (2005).  The home visit [video teaching module].  (Available from Department of Social Work, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695).

Ames, N. (Writer), Randall, E. (Writer), & Nicholas, D. (Writer). (1996).  Social work practice with African American clients [educational video]. West Virginia University School of Social Work, Morgantown, WV.

Ames, N. (1988).  Good food, good health instructor's guide.  West Virginia University.

Ames, N. (Writer), Phillips, R. (Writer), & Siegrist, J. (Director).  (1986).  The smokeless showdown [educational video] West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.

Presentations

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

Ames, N., Stansbury, K., & Campos, P.  (2018, April).  Intimate partner violence in the African American community: Can social workers and churches work together?  Poster presented at the 2nd Annual North Carolina State University Gender and Equity Symposium, Raleigh, NC.

Hall, J. K., Ames, N., Stansbury, K. L., & Bullock, K.  (2017, October).  Policy and advocacy: The intersection of poverty, race, and gender.  Poster presentation.  Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Dallas, TX.

 Ames, N.  (2015).  Writing for readability: An unrecognized social work skill.  Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors Annual Conference, Kansas City, MO. 

 Ames, N.  (2014).  Three cheers for plain language! Writing for clients and colleagues.  NASW-North Carolina Fall Conference, Asheville, NC. 

Ames, N.  (2011).  How to write it so clients can read it. NASW Spring Continuing Education Conference, Charleston, WV.  

Hancock, T. U., & Ames, N.  (2010).  Lighting the way: A domestic violence prevention program for Latino lay ministers.  Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Portland, OR.

Taliaferro, J. D., & Ames, N.  (2009).  Implementing an elective BSW community-based evaluation research course.  Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors, Phoenix, AZ.

Ames, N.  (2008).  If it isn’t in writing, it didn’t happen: Teaching recording skills.  Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Ames, N., & Williams, L. (2005).  Using video to teach social work assessment and documentation.  Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors, Austin, TX.

Ames, N., & Benton, J.  (2005).  Using video to teach assessment and documentation skills.  30th Annual Institute on Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas, Shepherdstown, WV.

Diepstra, S.A., & Ames, N. (2005).  Intergenerational and diverse oral history: Pedagogical connections and outcomes for HBSE courses.  Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, New York, NY.

Ames, N., & Williams, L.  (2004).  Enhancing BSW marketability: Teaching objective assessment skills.  Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors, Detroit, MI. 

Ames, N., & Jacknowitz, L.  (2004).  Factors related to rural adults' compliance with fecal occult blood testing.  Poster session, 9th Biennial Symposium on Minorities, the Medically Underserved and Cancer, Washington, D.C. 

Ames, N. (2000).  How to write it so clients can read it.  National Institute on Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas, Presque Isle, Maine. 

 

Education

  • Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from West Virginia University
  • MSW in Social Work from West Virginia University
  • BA in History from University of California at Riverside