Clinical Assistant Professor
Director, Dual Degree Program in Social Work and Theology
BA (legal studies and philosophy) University of Massachusetts
MSW, Simmons College
MTS (theological studies), Harvard University School of Divinity
Candidate, Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work, Simmons College
Scholarly and Practice Interests
Behavioral Health Social Work, Spiritually-integrative Psychotherapies, Solution-focused Social Work, Motivational Enhancement Therapies
Copeland P., Dean, R.G., Wladkowski, S. (2011). The power dynamics of supervision: Ethical dilemmas. Smith College Studies in Social Work 81(1), 26-40, DOI: 10.1080/00377317.2011.543041
Copeland, P. Online (2011). Race, Incarceration, and American Values by Glenn C. Loury . Retrieved October 2nd, 2012 from http://blogcritics.org/books/article/book-review-race-incarceration-and-american/.
Copeland, P. Online (2011). The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. Retrieved October 2nd, 2012 from http://blogcritics.org/books/article/book-review-the-new-jim-crow1/.
Copeland, P. Online (2011). Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable. Retrieved October 2nd, 2012 from http://blogcritics.org/books/article/book-review-malcolm-x-a-life/.
Copeland, P. Online (July 16th, 2013). Why America needs another kind of justice. GOOD.is. Retrieved 30th, 2013 from http://www.good.is/posts/why-america-needs-another-kind-of-justice
Copeland, P. Online (June 18th, 2013). Juneteenth celebrates emancipation but more black men are incarcerated than were enslaved. GOOD.is. Retrieved July 30th, 2013 from http://www.good.is/posts/juneteenth-celebrates-emancipation-but-more-black-men-are-incarcerated-than-were-enslaved
Copeland, P. Online (October 24th, 2012). The perils and possibilities of a world without affirmative action. GOOD.is. Retrieved July 30th, 2013 from http://www.good.is/posts/the-perils-and-possibilities-of-an-america-without-affirmative-action
Copeland, P. (2012). Faith and race: A dialogue worth having. Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions International Newsletter. Retrieved October 2nd, 2012 from http://www.parliamentofreligions.org/news/index.php/2012/05/faith-and-race-a-dialogue-worth-having
Copeland, P. Online (2012). The ocean of his words. The Interfaith Observer. Retrieved October 2nd, 2012 from http://theinterfaithobserver.org/journal/january-15-meaning-making.html
Landry, F., McMurray, H. & Thomas, R.W. (2011). The Story of the Black Men’s Gathering: Celebrating Twenty-five Years, 1987-2011. Wilmette, IL: Baha’i Publishing Trust. Excerpts from this author’s weblog post “Black Men’s Gathering: America to Africa, Africa to Israel” (2006) are included in Chapter 5 Responses to the Universal House of Justice pp. 63-84. Retrieved October 2nd, 2012 from http://www.bahaithought.com/2006/12/black-mens-gathering-america-to-africa.html.
2005-2012 Author, Baha’i Thought. A weblog offering commentary on religion, society and culture informed by the teachings of the Baha’i Faith.
2011-2013 Contributing Scholar, State of Formation. A multi-author weblog founded by the Journal for Interreligious Dialogue and run in partnership with Andover Newton Theological Seminary, Hebrew College, and The Council for a Parliament of World Religions
A new direction: How one brother’s search led him to the Baha’i Faith. (March, 2012). Ebony, LXVII (5), p. 93. Describes my discovery, investigation and conversion to the Baha’i Faith.
Dwyer, L. Online. Travyon Martin could have been one of my kids. GOOD. Retrieved October 3rd, 2012 from http://www.good.is/posts/trayvon-martin-could-have-been-one-of-my-kids/. Quoted on the implications of the Trayvon Martin shooting for African Americans and race in America.
“Work-stress, Spiritual/Religious Coping and Burnout: A Conceptual Framework”, presented at Fifth Annual North American Conference of the Society for Spirituality and Social Work, June 17-19, Calgary, Alberta Canada
“Work-stress, Spiritual/Religious Coping and Burnout: A Conceptual Framework”, presented at National Association of Social Workers, Massachusetts Chapter Biennial Symposium, March 29-30, Framingham, MA
“Not Quite White: Arab/Muslim Americans and Anti-Racism Education in Social Work” Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, November 9-12, Washington D.C.
Awards and Honors
Dean’s Leadership Award 2001 Simmons College School of Social Work
Dean’s Leadership Award 2007 Simmons College School of Social Work
Excellence in Internet Communication 2010 Religion Communicator’s Council
Best of the Web The Daily Reviewer
Licensure and Certifications
2006 Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker State of Massachusetts, License Number 113764
2003 Certificate in Urban Leadership
Research Experience and Professional Memberships
2010-2012 Doctoral Candidate. Dissertation tentatively titled, “Spiritual-Coping, Religious-Coping and Burnout among Social Workers in Massachusetts” (in progress).
2012 Research Assistant. Simmons College School of Social Work Alumni Survey of 2008-2009 Graduates.
2011-2012 Research Assistant. Simmons College School of Social Work On-line Course Evaluations.
2003-2004 Research Assistant. Boston University School of Public Health and Multicultural AIDS Coalition “Faith-in-You” study of faith-based education and outreach to men and women of color who engaged in behaviors placing them at risk for HIV.
National Association of Social Workers
Council on Social Work Education
Society for Spirituality and Social Work