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Britney E. Pitts

Ph.D. student

Email: pittsb@vcu.edu

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M.S.W., University of Maryland
B.S., Virginia Commonwealth University


Britney Pitts is a second-year doctoral student at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work. Her professional experience has centered around the early childhood mental health of minority students, specifically focusing on social emotional education and training for preschool teachers and school administrators. Her research interests include the aesthetic liberation of Black women and girls in workplaces and schools and Black-White biracial identity and experiences.

Pitts received her Bachelor of Science in sociology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013, where she interned with the Greater Richmond SCAN Circle Preschool. She received her Master of Social Work at the University of Maryland School of Social Work (Baltimore) (2015). While there, she completed an internship with Promise Heights, an initiative to improve the lives of children and families in West Baltimore from cradle to college and career.

After receiving her M.S.W., Pitts held various positions supporting children, families, and schools. She worked as a school-based therapist in Prince George’s County, MD before becoming the Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant (ECMHC) and Parent University Program Coordinator with Promise Heights back in Baltimore. She was also an ECMHC with the City of Alexandria (Virginia) prior to beginning doctoral studies at VCU. During her first year in the doctoral program, Pitts received the VCU School of Social Work Black History in the Making and Social Justice Award recognitions. She currently serves as president of the Doctoral Student Association and Ph.D. student advisor for the VCU chapter of the Association of Black Social Workers (ABSW). 

In her free time, Pitts enjoys traveling, amusement parks, performing arts, and spending time with close friends and family.

Notable awards, honors and appointments

  • President, Doctoral Student Association - July 2020-June 2021

  • Ph.D. student advisor, VCU chapter of the Association of Black Social Workers (ABSW) - September 2019-present

  • Black History in the Making Award - Virginia Commonwealth University, February 2020

Scholarship

Selected publications

Liggett-Creel, K., Barth, R. P., Mayden, B. Pitts, B. E. (2017). The Parent University Program: Factors predicting change in responsive parenting behaviors. Children and Youth Services Review, 81, 10-20.