Debra Gage Hurd PhD

Clinical Full Professor, BSW, MPA, LSW, PhD

(ARSC)-Arts & Sciences
School of Social Work


Dr. Hurd received her BA in Social Work from the University of Arkansas in 1988, her Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Arkansas in 1991, and a Ph.D in Health Sciences from the University of Arkansas in 1998.Dr. Hurd joined the School of Social Work in 1993 as a Research Assistant. She was promoted to Clinical Full Professor in 2012. Dr. Hurd currently serves as Principal Investigator of the Arkansas Academic Partnership in Public Child Welfare, representing eight universities in Arkansas. The focus of the Partnership is on education and training of prospective and current child welfare workers. Dr. Hurd has also served as the Interim Director of the Social Work Research Center, and during that time, served as either the Principal or Co-Principal Investigator of associated Research Center grants from the U.S. Department of Education. She was the Statewide Coordinator for the Case Consultation Project. Additionally, Dr. Hurd served as Principal Investigator of a three year evaluation project with the Hispanic Women’s Organization of Arkansas, and received funding from the University of Arkansas Women’s Giving Circle to develop programming for new Hispanic residents. Administrative experience outside of an academic setting includes serving as Director of Discharge Planning and Director of Social Services at Fayetteville City Hospital. She has an extensive record of presenting at national and international conferences. Her social work practice background includes providing direct services for abused and neglected children and their families, youth at risk for delinquency, senior citizens, and acute care and sub-acute care patients.