Education: B.A. in Psychology, Lenoir-Rhyne University (2004), MSW, School of Social Work, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2009), Ph.D. School of Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University (2015)
Research Interests: LGBT populations, mental health services, social justice, and technology in social work education
Dr. Megan Gandy-Guedes’ substantive area of interest is LGBTQ populations, focusing primarily on mental health and service use, faith communities and social support, and social justice issues. Other areas of interest include mental health services research, the use of technology in social work education and practice, clinical social work practice, and social work pedagogy. In 2016, Dr. Gandy-Guedes received seed funding from the Knee Center for Healthy Families to begin an exploratory study of the protective functions of faith communities in the lives of LGBTQ people. You can follow updates about the study here: http://lgbtqfaithcommunitystudy.blogspot.com.
Dr. Gandy-Guedes has over 6 years of clinical experience with children, adolescents, and adults in service settings such as inpatient psychiatric hospitalization, in-home intensive therapy, case management, and residential care, and has an LCSW credential in North Carolina. She has experience working with individuals and families living with serious and persistent mental illness as well as co-occurring issues. She has research and publications on the topics of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders among adults, and service engagement of clients in programs of Assertive Community Treatment.
Dr. Gandy-Guedes' teaching philosophy uses a student-centered approach and incorporates aspects of transformative learning, constructivist pedagogy, social justice, and diversity. She teaches social work practice with families for the MSW program, and social work research methods for the BSW program. She writes a blog to share ideas on how students can succeed, found here: http://drggsw.blogspot.com.
Dr. Gandy-Guedes’ service to the Oklahoma community includes service as a board member of the organization Freedom Oklahoma, which is a nonprofit public education organization working to secure full equality and legal protections for LGBTQ Oklahomans through public education, advocacy, coalition building, and individual empowerment. She also volunteers for Norman United, a grassroots organization aimed to ensure that Norman is inclusive of all its citizens.