Jane McPherson

Director of Global Engagement & Assistant Professor
School of Social Work, University of Georgia

Jane McPherson, PhD, MPH, LCSW, is Director of Global Engagement and Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia School of Social Work (USA). Her scholarship sees social work through a human rights lens, and she applies human rights principles to research, teaching, and practice. In the US, her work focuses on asylum seekers, immigrants, and those fleeing violence; and globally, she creates tools to investigate and promote rights-based social work practice. She has examined rights-based practices in Brazil, and measured the impact of human rights education in the social work classroom.

As an arts-activist, Dr. McPherson was a co-organizer of One Million Bones, a national anti-genocide project that ultimately laid 1,000,000 handmade bones on the National Mall in 2013. Dr. McPherson is clinical social worker with over 20 years experience in the field. Motherhood, trauma, torture, and the special treatment needs of women have been her areas of clinical specialization.