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Allison K. Ryals, LCSW

Assistant professor in teaching

Email: akryals@vcu.edu

Phone: (804) 828-5370

M.S.W., Virginia Commonwealth University

B.S.W., Virginia Commonwealth University

Allison Ryals, LCSW, is an assistant professor in teaching and a licensed clinical social worker. Prior to joining the School of Social Work, Allison was first a social work specialist in and later supervisor of Richmond City’s Second Responder program.  This specialized unit of the Department of Social Services provided immediate social work intervention for a variety of human service crises, including child welfare emergencies, community violence, adult abuse and neglect, and family violence.  Following her work with the City, Allison joined VCU Medical Center as a Clinical Social Worker II serving inpatient and emergency department service lines.

Allison teaches in the BSW and MSW programs, most often courses in human behavior, social work practice, and social justice.  Allison works closely with VCU’s Division of Community Engagement, teaching service-learning courses since 2014. Her community partners are both on-campus and community-based organizations, including The Mary and Frances Youth Center’s Lobs and Lessons, VCU’s Learning Gardens, Ram PantryOAR, and the Neighborhood Resource Center of Greater Fulton.

In addition to her position at the School of Social Work, Allison continues her work at VCU Medical Center as a part-time clinical social worker in the emergency department.

Allison currently serves on the Board of Directors for Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp and Retreat Center, an organization focused on outdoor enrichment for all ages, community, renewal, and retreat.

Selected publications