C. Jean  Roberson
Assistant Professor
School of Public Health
Department of Social Work
1603 CHS Building 1

Jean Roberson serves as assistant professor for the Master of Social Work program at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. She holds a Doctor of Social Work from St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas, a Masters of Social Work and a Certificate in Theology from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. She is also a licensed certified social worker in the state of Alabama. Roberson has spent 16 years in social work practice with the majority of her career in a faith-based context. She is married and has two children. Her favorite accomplishment is that she has traveled to 21 different countries.

Degrees and Certifications

  • Doctor of Social Work, St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas
  • Master of Social Work, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Certificate of Theology, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Bachelor of Arts, psychology, William Jewell College
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), Alabama


  • Faith–Based Social Work
  • Simulation

Awards and  Honors

  • Mann Center Faculty Fellow in Community-Based Learning, 2019-20
  • Emerging Leader Award, Missouri Baptist Foundation, 2013
  • Samford Quality Enhancement Plan Top-Rated Assignment, 2021
  • Quality Matters National Certification for online course, 2021


  • Roberson, C.J. (2019). Teaching Note - Closing the health gap and social work education: A Grand Challenge. Journal of Social Work Education, 55(1). 188-193. doi:10.1080/10437797.2018.1498416

  • Roberson, C.J. and Adedoyin, A. (2019). Historical and contemporary synopsis of the development of field education guidelines in BSW, MSW, and doctoral programs. Professional Development: The International Journal of Continuing Social Work Education, 22(1), 22-27.

  • Roberson, C.J. (2019). Simulation in social work education: A Qualitative study of MSW student development. Manuscript accepted for publication by Journal of Social Work Education.

  • Roberson, C.J. (2018). Understanding simulation in social work education: A conceptual framework. Manuscript accepted by Journal of Social Work   Education.

  • Roberson, C. and Baker, L. (2021). Designing and implementing the use of VR in graduate social work education for clinical practice. The Journal of Technology in Human Services. doi:10.1080/15228835.2021.1915926

  • Roberson, C., Hagues, R., and Copeland, R. (2021). Addressing spirituality: Reflections on curriculum integration in a Christian university. Social Work & Christianity, 48(3). 275-287. doi:10.34043/swc.v48i3.215 


  • Gurley, L., Roberson, C.J., York, A., and Childress, J. (2019, March). An interprofessional team approach to using standardized patient simulation to facilitate person-centered quality healthcare in home hospice care setting. Poster presentation for the 2019 National Academies of Practice Annual Meeting & Forum, Pentagon City, VA.

  • Roberson, C.J. (2018, October). Simulation in social work: A tool for the development of faith integration. Accepted presentation for the North American Association of        Christians in Social Work convention, Hartford, CT.

  • Roberson, C.J. (2018, November). Simulation in field: A strategy for developing social work and interprofessional competencies. Eposter presentation at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Orlando, FL.    

  • Baker, L. and Roberson, C.J. (2018, November). Using interprofessional simulation to   teach disaster response to social work students. Presentation at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Orlando, FL.

  • Roberson, C.J. (2017, June). In the midst of anxiety and depression. Presentation for continuing education at Baptist Nursing Fellowship Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX.

  • Roberson, C.J. (2017, March). Standing firm in the midst of anxiety and depression. Presentation at TN Woman’s Missionary Union Get-Together Conference, Gatlinburg: TN.

  • Roberson, C.J. (2017, March). Don’t forget the cream filling: Accessing spirituality in social work practice. Presentation at Children’s Hospital Eleanor Barnes Social Work Conference, Birmingham: AL.

  • Thatcher, K., Roberson, C.J., and Crawford, S. (2016, June). Using simulation as a teaching strategy towards student interprofessional collaboration. Presentation at The Teaching Professor conference, Washington, D.C.

  • Love-Schropshire, N., Peterson, L., and Roberson, C. (2023, April). Practicing ethically for social work practice: Guiding principles and suggestions for virtual simulation. Presentation at Social Work Distance Education Conference.

  • Baker, L. and Roberson, C. (2023, January). Managing the chaos: Evaluation of an inter- professional simulation (mass casualty incident) utilizing online and face-to-face students. Presentation at Society for Social Work Research Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ.

  • Roberson, C., Hagues, R., Robbins, D., and Leonard, B. (2022, October). Meeting the needs of caregivers of TBI survivors through telehealth. Presentation at the North American Association of Christians in Social Work convention, Oak Brook, IL.

Research Areas

  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Simulation


  • Council on Social Work Education
  • North American Association of Christians in Social Work
  • North American Network of Field Education Directors