Honoring 100 for the 100th: Eunice McDowell

Eunice C. McDowell, MSW, ACSW, LSW

Eunice C. McDowellGraduated from Langston University (1963) and The University of Oklahoma (1973). She is currently retired from The University of Oklahoma School of Social Work where she served as College Program Director and Assistant Professor of Social Work from 1986 to 2013. Prior to employment at OUSSW, McDowell practiced for more than 23 years with the Oklahoma State Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, beginning her career at Taft State Hospital in 1963. As a provider of Community Mental Health Services in the Private Non-profit sector, Eunice Contracted with the DMHSAS to coordinate, write and submit a Federal grant proposal for a six county area of eastern Oklahoma where she organized the private non-profit Board of Directors to establish Green Country Community Mental Health Center in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She served the area as a clinician, a Clinical Coordinator, and in several administrative positions. From 1981-86 she served as Clinical Director and Acting Executive Director of Star Community Mental Health Center in North Tulsa County.  Additionally, McDowell worked two-and-a-half years as a Medical Social Worker at the V.A. Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

Ms. McDowell served as President of the National Association of Social Workers, Oklahoma Chapter, from 2006-2008 and has been a member of the professional Social Work organization since 1963, serving in the capacities of board member, treasurer, Secretary, Vice President and President-Elect. McDowell served 2 terms on the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers from July 1, 1999 through July 1, 2002 and again from 2006-2008.

Residing in Norman, OK for the past 31 years, Eunice is a former member of the Board of Directors of Thunderbird Clubhouse, the Advisory Board for Transition House, Inc. Both organizations provide services to individuals coping with issues of mental illness. Other areas of service include advocacy and training on Cultural Diversity. She continues to provide Adjunct services to the OU School of Social Work and is Active in Civic, State, and national organizations. She has volunteered for Meals on Wheels, is a Celebrate Recovery leader and Caseworker for the Streams of Water Benevolence program at the Alameda Church of Christ where she is an active member. McDowell is mother of Kristy L. McDowell, PhD, Research Scientist in Biomedical Research, in Washington D.C. and her grandniece, Artavia Walker, 18 year old graduate of Norman North High School.

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