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Kiana Peoples

Assistant Professor of Social Work/Field Education Director

Contact Information

Houston Hall 221A



MSW, Social Work: University of Alabama
BSW, Social Work: University of Alabama


Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Kiana Peoples earned a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Alabama State University. Upon graduation, she earned a bachelor's level license (LBSW) while working as a child/adult protective social worker for the Department of Human Resources in Blount County, Alabama. She continued to serve as a senior level social worker for CPS while earning her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Alabama. She served in the area of child protective services for more than 15 years. Upon graduating from The University of Alabama, Peoples accepted a position as a school-based therapist with South Arkansas Regional Health Center in El Dorado, Arkansas. During her tenure there she received her license as a master level social worker (LMSW). 

Peoples social work experience includes being a coordinator for a grant funded program known as S.C.O.R.E. that provides therapeutic services to juvenile felons and their families through the state of Georgia's Juvenile Court System and Advantage Behavioral Health Systems. Before accepting the position of BSW field director of education/assistant professor at CMU, Peoples was an assistant professor of social work/field director with Southern Arkansas University.

Further service to social work academia includes past teaching appointments, local committee service, state and national board appointments with NASW and ASWB/CSWE, and social work publications. Her research interest involves examining the disconnect between child welfare systems and successful kindship/fictive kin connections among children of color and juvenile recidivism.

Published work

Authored Book Chapters

Competency 3 Presentation: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice: Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. CSWE Manual 
CSWE National Taskforce Committee Member. Contributing Author and Co-Presenter: Kiana L. Peoples, et al. 2019.

Ford, D. Y., Scott, Michelle. T, Walters, Nicole. M., Young, Jemimah. L., Gumbo for the Soul II: The Mask Game Women of Color Share Their Stories, Meditations, Affirmations, and Inspirations. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing (final editing stage due for publishing spring 2019) Contributing-Author Kiana L. Peoples et al. (chapter accepted).

Book Review

2018 Larkin, Shelagh., A Guide to the Social Work Practicum: Applying Your Generalist Training. Xavier University. SAGE Publishing

2018 (under review) Daley. (2015). Rural social work in the 21st century. Lyceum.