PhD, Social Work, Howard University
Cohort Four Fellow

Academic Mentor
Ruby Gourdine
Howard University/School of Social Work     

Policy Mentor
Charles Lewis, Jr.
Adjunct Associate Professor/Founder and President of the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy (CRISP), Howard University School of Social Work/CRISP  

Current Institutional Affiliation
Baylor University: Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise

Families and Family Systems, Fathers, Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups


Brianna P. Lemmons is an Assistant Professor at Baylor University’s Garland School of Social Work. Dr. Lemmons is also a Minority Serving Institution Fellow with the American Evaluation Association and has extensive experience in the area of program evaluation, having served as an evaluator for organizations such as Concerned Black Men and The Dovetail Project. She has also served on the Assessment Team for the Local Dental Pilot Project—a program that promotes oral health among Native Americans in the East Los Angeles community. 

Previously, Dr. Lemmons served as an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at California State University, Los Angeles and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor and Post-Doctoral Fellow at Howard University School of Social Work. Currently, her research focuses broadly on the structure and functioning of African American families, and more specifically on predictors of non-resident African American father involvement. 

Her future lines of research will explore the role of spirituality in fathering and effective pedagogies for delivering research related content in social work programs. Dr. Lemmons received her doctorate in social work and master’s in social work from Howard University School of Social Work and her bachelor's degree in psychology from Spelman College.