Llewellyn J. Cornelius, PhD, LCSW
Donald Lee Hollowell Distinguished Professor of Civil Rights and Social Justice Studies
Director Center for Social Justice, Human, and Civil Rights.
University of Georgia, Athens
School of Social Work
Athens, GA

Dr. Llewellyn J. Cornelius is currently the Donald Lee Hollowell Distinguished Professor of Civil Rights and Social Justice Studies and the Director of the Center for Social Justice, Human, and Civil Rights at the University of Georgia. He earned his BA degree from Syracuse University and two master’s degrees and a doctorate from the University of Chicago. Over nearly four decades he has worked in tandem with researchers, administrators and consumers in the design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions focused on improving the health and wellbeing of under-resourced communities. Through the Association of American Medical Colleges Minority Health Services Research Program, he trained more than 150 professionals in designing and conducting outcomes research, coached 36 mid-career social workers in leadership development, mentored 40 doctoral students, trained 10 post MD/PhD early-career minority researchers, and taught more than 2,200 MSW students in the second largest MSW program in the United States.

For the last 20 years he taught a doctoral research practicum, assisting students in the development, pilot testing, and fielding of surveys. In addition to teaching survey research, he has been involved in the design and implementation of a multitude of studies, including the fielding of a statewide survey which examined the cultural competency of mental health providers; the evaluation of community-based HIV prevention efforts and the development and implementation of surveys that assessed the use of technology in social work. Dr. Cornelius’ prevention research focuses on developing community-responsive, culturally appropriate educational, attitudinal and behavioral change interventions as well as examining the barriers to the adoption of successful interventions by individuals, practitioners, and communities. Dr. Cornelius has been recognized as the fifth most-cited African American scholar in social work. In 2006, he published, “Designing and conducting health surveys: a comprehensive guide,” and in 2014 he published, “A social justice approach for survey design and analysis.” In 2019 he received the Carl A. Scott Memorial Lecturer Award by the Council on Social Work Education for his lifetime achievements in social and economic justice. Dr. Cornelius was appointed to NCVHS in 2012, appointed to a second term in 2016, and has served as a member of the Subcommittee on Population Health.