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Rolanda L. Ward, Ph.D.

Rolanda L. Ward, Ph.D.

Endowed Faculty Director

Ph.D., MSW, MDiv
Office Location:
O'Shea Hall, Room B-08

Rolanda L. Ward, Ph.D., MSW, MDiv, is an Associate Professor of Social Work, the Director of the Vincentian Scholars Program, and the Endowed Faculty Director of the Rose Bente Lee Ostapenko Center for Race, Equity, and Mission at Niagara University. Dr. Ward earned her doctorate in social work and sociology from Boston University. As a macro-trained practitioner and a research scholar, she has been the lead investigator or research associate on a number of studies focusing on society's most vulnerable, underserved, and proven-risk populations. These populations include foster care youths, recent parolees, child welfare workers, and healthcare providers for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Her past research project, Niagara University Public School Collaborative (NUPSC) examined the role of student leaders in school reform at the building level, specifically targeting attendance.

In addition, Dr. Ward has led projects in communities and within organizations that shift status quo outcomes. Additionally, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Ward is leading and serving on several task forces in order to advocate for community needs. These task forces include: The Niagara Falls Health Equity Task Force, the New York State Health Equity Task Force: Western New York Vaccine Hub, and the Western New York Research Collaborative.