Maura Nsonwu


DepartmentSocial Work and Sociology


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OfficeGibbs Hall
Room: 114B

1601 East Market Street
Greensboro, NC 27411

Maura Nsonwu


Ph D: Education Leadership/Cultural Foundation, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2008

MSW: Social Work, University of South Carolina , 1990

BS: Social Work, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1986

Research Interests

Social work with immigrants and refugees; human trafficking; child welfare; women̢۪s issues; health education; and violence against women and children.

Recent Publications

Heffron,  Laurie  Synder,  Susanna  Watcher,  Karin  Nsonwu,  Maura  Busch-Armendariz,  Noel  ( 2016).  Something is missing here: Weaving feminist theories into social work practice with refugees..  In S. Wendt & N. Moulding,  Feminist Social Work: A Reader    Sage.

Watcher,  Karin  Heffron,  Laurie  Busch-Armendariz,  Noel  Nsonwu,  Maura  Kerwick,  Matthew  Kellison,  Bruce  Jones,  Amy  Sanders,  Gretchen  ( 2016).  Responding to Domestic Minors Sex Trafficking (DMST):Developing Principle-Based Practices.    Journal of Human Trafficking.

Nsonwu,  Maura  ( 2015).  God-Talk in the Survival Epistemology of Liberian Refugee Women.  ( 3,  34,  pp. 304-327).   Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought.

Nsonwu,  Maura  Welch-Brewer,  Chiquitia  Heffron,  Laurie  Lemke,  Melinda  Busch-Armendariz,  Noel  Sulley,  Caitlin  Cook,  Sharon  Lewis,  Mary  Watson,  Elizabeth  Moore,  Wayne  Li,  Jilan  ( 2015).  Development and Validation of an Instrument to Assess Social Work Students’ Perceptions, Knowledge, and Attitudes about Human Trafficking Questionnaire PKA-HTQ: An Exploratory Study..  In Bruce Thyer    Research on Social Work Practice/Sage.

Nsonwu,  Maura  Dennison,  Susan  Long,  Jennifer  ( 2015).  Foster Care Chronicles: Use of the Arts for Teens Aging out of the Foster Care System.  ( 1,  10,  pp. 18-33).   Journal of Creativity in Mental Health.

Xin,  Huaibo  Morrison,  Sharon  Dharod,  Jigna  Young,  Andrew  Nsonwu,  Maura  ( 2014).  Cross-Cultural Allies in Immigrant Community Practice: Roles of foreign-trained former Montagnard health professionals.  ( 1,  6,  pp. 62-72).   Health, Culture And Society.

Busch-Armendariz,  Noel  Nsonwu,  Maura  Heffron,  Laurie  ( 2014).  A Kaleidoscope: The role of the social work practitioner and the strength of social work theories and practice in meeting the complex needs of people trafficked and the professionals that work with them.  ( 1,  57,  pp. 7-18).   International Social Work.

Nsonwu,  Maura  Casey,  Kathleen  Cook,  Sharon  Busch-Armendariz,  Noel  ( 2013).  Embodying Social Work as a Profession: A Pedagogy for Practice.  ( 3,  pp. 1-8).   Sage Open.

Lewis,  Mary  Nsonwu,  Maura  Cook,  Sharon  Bailey,  Raleigh  Mayfield-Clarke,  Ann  ( 2013).  Examining the Complexity of the Nexus of Poverty and Health: Impact on Immigrants and Refugees.  In Fitzpatrick, Kevin,  Series on Poverty and Health in America  ( 2,  pp. 59-86).   Praeger.

Dharod,  Jigna  Xin,  Huaibo  Morrison,  Sharon  Young,  Andrew  Nsonwu,  Maura  ( 2013).  Life Style, Food and Health Related Challenges Refugee Groups Face Upon Resettlement: Do We Have To Move Beyond Job and Language Training Programs?.  ( 8,  pp. 187-199).   Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition.

Nsonwu,  Maura  Cook Heffron,  Laurie  Mahapatra,  Neely  Fong,  Rowena  Busch-Armendariz,  Noel  ( 2013).  Marital and Familial Strengths and Needs: Refugees Speak Out..  ( 22,  pp. 129-144).   Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity.

Faulkner,  Monica  Mahapatra,  Neely  Heffron,  Laurie  Nsonwu,  Maura  Busch-Armendariz,  Noel  ( 2013).  Moving Past Victimization and Trauma toward Restoration: Immigrant Mother Survivors of Sex Trafficking in the United States Share Their Inspiration.  ( 2,  7,  pp. 46-55).   International Perspectives on Victimology.