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Allen-Mccombs, Jennette

Allen-Mccombs, Jennette

Curriculum Vitae
Deputy Chair
Assistant Professor
Social Work

Phone: 718-262-5288
Office Location: AC-3A01

Office Hours  
Monday  5-6 PM 
Tuesday  5-6 PM 
Wednesday  5-6 PM 


Degree Institution Field Dates
PhD  Stony Brook University  Social Welfare  2014 
MSW  Stony Brook University  Social Welfare  2006 
Dr. Jennette Allen-McCombs is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work. She holds an MSW and Ph.D. in Social Welfare from Stony Brook University. Her current research focuses on equity, cultural wealth, higher education policy, and first-generation college students. Her other research interest includes the implementation of organizational change within child welfare agencies and institutions of higher education. Dr. Allen-McCombs teaches several courses, including social work practice, human behavior in the social environment, and methods of social work research. As a New York State licensed social worker, Dr. Allen-McCombs dedicated her career to assisting youth in crisis in a variety of settings from medical clinics to State and County justice systems. She has also conducted outcome and process evaluations for child welfare and juvenile justice agencies across New York State.

Areas of Expertise

Trauma-informed Practice
First-Generation College Students
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Cultural Wealth

Articles in Field Of Expertise

Allen-McCombs, J. "Using the Cultural Wealth Framework to Examine How Institutional Conditions Impact Minoritized First-Generation College Students’ Success and Life Outcomes." Journal of First Generation Student Success. 2 2022: 19.

Allen-McCombs, J.. "Ready, Set, Change: An Exploratory Case Study of Readiness for Change within Five New York State Voluntary Child Welfare Agencies." ProQuest Publishing. (3687499) 2014: 117.

Chapters in Field Of Expertise

Rodgers, S.T., Allen-McCombs, J., Roeback, S., Forbes, A., Lilavois, C. "Lifting as We Climb and Community Care”: Exploring the Lived Experiences of Black Women Social Work Administrators ." Handbook on Leadership in Social Care & Social Work. Accepted (in process): .

Allen-McCombs, J., Beaumont-Bowman, S., Bergen, M., Chan, C.. "CUNY Teaching Resource on COVID-19." Ongoing Challenges with COVID-19. 1 9/2022: Pressbooks.

Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances

" "What it means to be: An overview of an exploratory study of the interconnected relationship between social identity, first-generation status, and academic identity" " April, 2023: York College Annual Spring Symposium.

" How assessment results have led to improvements within department of social work programs. " April, 2023: York College Annual Assessment Celebration Event.

" Blurred Lines or a Holistic Pedagogical Approach: Lessons Learned from Whole Student Advising in a Graduate Social Work Program " March, 2023 (Alternate): 2023 CUNY Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (C-IDEA) Conference.

" Truth, lies and stereotypes: Exploring child welfare social workers portrayal in popular films. " October, 2022: 55th Annual New York State Social Work Educators Association Conference.

" Examining Cultural Agility in Social Work Simulation‑based Learning " November, 2022: Transformative Teaching Focus on Pedagogy 2022 International Conference.

" Being Seen: An Exploration of Students’ Socially Constructed Identities And The Relationship To Academic Success " April, 2021: CUNY Faculty Diversity & Inclusion Conference 2021.

" The Other Side of the Finish Line: An Exploratory Study of the Adult Outcomes of First Generation College Students " November, 2019: 52nd Annual New York State Social Work Educators Association Conference.

" The Challenge of Change in Child Welfare " August, 2019: 2019 National Child Welfare Evaluation Summit: Leveraging Data and Evaluation to Strengthen Families and Promote Well-Being.

" Getting To Know the 2015 Council on Social Work Education Educational Policies and Accreditation Standards " March, 2016: Westchester Social Work Consortium Spring Field Instructor Conference, New Rochelle, NY.

" Examining Organizational Change within Child Welfare " June, 2015: The Network for Social Work Management, Annual Meeting; Howard University, Washington, DC..

" Exploring The Needs of Older Youth Who Exit the New York State Foster Care System " June, 2015: Embracing Change Together: Partnering for Successful Child & Family Outcomes, Children’s Summit/ Annual Meeting, New York, NY.

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Professional Honors, Prizes, Fellowships

CUNY Health and Human Service Project Open Education Resources Award: June 2022.

CUNY Faculty Fellowship Publication Program: 2020 - 2021.

Honorary member, Chi Sigma MSW Chapter of Phi Alpha Honor Society of Social Work: May 2019.

Network for Social Work Management Research to Practice Institute Scholar: June 2014.


Cycle 51 of the PSC - CUNY Research Awards Program, Examining the Role Of Social-Identity in Student Achievement within First Generation College Students. April 2020 - March 2021: $2862.55.

Cycle 50 of the PSC-CUNY Research Awards Program, The other side of the finish line: An exploratory study of adult outcomes for first generation college students.. April 2019 - June 2020: $3,500.

Cycle 52 of the PSC-CUNY Research Awards Program, The COVID-19 Crises and the Reentry Experiences of Elderly Ex-Offenders. 2021: Submitted.

Other Professional Activities and Public Service

Growth Mindset and Beyond: Helping Students Navigate College with Mindset GPS: November, 2019.

Reviewer, Journal of Offender Rehabilitation: 2019-present.

Panel Moderator, New York African Studies Association’s 44th Annual Conference: April, 2019.

Certified Social Work Field Instructor (SIFI), Stony Brook University: 2012.