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JaNeen Cross

Associate Professor

  • Direct Practice Concentration, Social Work
  • School of Social Work


Dr. Cross is an Associate Professor at Howard University School of Social Work.  She is an expert and leader in maternal child health.  She has a mayoral appointment with the District of Columbia, Maternal Mortality Review Committee. She is the former President of the National Association of Perinatal Social Workers (NAPSW) and is on the Board of Directors for the National Perinatal Association (NPA).  Dr. Cross is the former National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Health Education and Leadership Scholars (HEALS), post-doctoral, health policy fellow. 

Dr. Cross’ research interest includes maternal and child health disparities, mental health, and health policy.  She is Co-PI on the Mental Health Awareness Training (MHAT) grant funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Dr. Cross is a Research Fellow with the Center for Financial Security (CFS). 

Dr. Cross received her Doctorate of Clinical Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania, Master of Business Administration from Rosemont College, Bachelor and Master of Social Work from Temple University.  She is an exam item writer for the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB).  Dr. Cross is in private practice with clinical licenses in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

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