Andrea Cole

Assistant Professor and Director of Field Education
School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences



  • Practice I
  • Practice II
  • Trauma
  • Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Field I
  • Field II


  • Trauma in adolescents and young adults
  • Community violence
  • Mental health services research
  • Implementation science
  • Suicide prevention


  • BA, University of Virginia
  • MSW, Boston College
  • PhD, New York University

Academic Profile

I am an Assistant Professor and the Director of Field Education in the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. I teach across the MSW curriculum including practice- and field-oriented courses and mental health electives. I ground my teaching in social justice and endeavor to support my studentsâ?T individual learning needs and goals.

My research agenda is focused on youth and young adult mental health including trauma and experiences with community violence, mental health services research, implementation science, and suicide prevention. I was a co-investigator for the National Institute of Mental Health grant examining the feasibility, acceptability, and efficacy of a virtual training program to improve cliniciansâ?T skills in suicide prevention. I am also formerly a coordinator for a SAMHSA-funded intervention to prevent psychosis in youth and young adults. I am a 2022 recipient of the FDU University Provost Seed Grant and am currently undertaking community-partnered research focused on adolescent and young adult engagement in mental health services.

Beyond my teaching and research, I have 15 years of clinical practice experience providing crisis services in a hospital setting, home-based foster care services, and therapy to youth, adults, as well as families. I maintain a small private practice, employing evidence-based mental health interventions as well as a feminist lens.

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