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Elizabeth Goatley

Elizabeth Goatley

Assistant Professor
Phone: 254-710-7435

"Social work as a profession must be a calling. I often think of social work as the heart and hands of the body of Christ because of the compassion and work involved. I�ve had the opportunity to work with many different populations throughout my practice in social work, but my passion has been for victims of domestic sex trafficking. Working with this population has shown me how to epitomize the spirit of Christ�s love through every day words and actions.

I pray that my students find the path that God calls them to through the profession of social work. Whether it is in private practice, case management, program administration, teaching or creating future social policy, I pray that the skills that they learn as a social worker assist them in fulfilling God�s call on their lives so that in whatever paths they take they are praising God through their words, actions and gifts."


PhD, Clark Atlanta University, Whitney M. Young Jr., School of Social Work
MSW, University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work
BA, Spelman College
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Professional Credentials

National Association of Social Workers, National Association of Black Social Workers, Spelman College Alumnae Association, Junior League of Atlanta

Selected Publications

  • Snap Shots of a Healthy Family: Preventing Child Abuse in Georgia
  • The Osborne Community Education Advancement Network (OCEAN)

Research Interests

  • African American Families
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Human Trafficking/Domestic Sex Trafficking of Minors
  • International Social Policy
  • Advocacy and Social Justice


Dr. Goatley joined the Baylor School of Social Work in 2012 following the completion of her doctoral studies at Clark Atlanta University. Prior to coming to Baylor, she was an intervention behavioral specialist and case manager for CHRIS Kids, Inc., in Atlanta, Georgia, where she provided family-based therapeutic services to families and children with severe emotional disabilities. She has also served as a unit program director and victim advocate in the Commercial Sexually Exploited Children�s Unit at Sandy Springs Police Department in Atlanta, Georgia.