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Britney E. Pitts

Ph.D. student


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

Britney Pitts is a first-year doctoral student at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work. Her professional experience has centered around early childhood mental health of minority students, specifically focusing on social emotional education and training for teachers and school administrators. Her research interests include culture and climate of educational institutions, specifically as they relate to diversity, inclusion, and social justice. She is also interested in how institutions of higher education combat or perpetuate racial disparities.

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. While working, Pitts served as a field instructor and she guest lectured in the MSW program at UMB. She has since developed an interest in social work education.

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

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.