About Dr. Hardy

Dr. Veronica L. Hardy holds a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, Master of Social Work degree, and clinical social work licensure. She has multiple book publications including The Process of Grief: The Underrated Form of Self-Care (Workbook for Helping Professionals), academic journal articles focusing on racial equity in schools and child sex trafficking, as well as co-authored grants focusing on schools and trauma. She has served on professional and community boards including the North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board (Vice Chair), United Way of Robeson County (Board and Executive Committee), and the International Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics (Board of Copy Editors and Policy Board) and the editor for the intercultural special issue.


She is a Professor of Social Work at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and adjunct faculty member within the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Hardy stresses engagement within the community and serves as an anti-child sex trafficking advocate and has co-authored peer-reviewed journal articles such as Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: Practice Implications for Mental Health Professionals and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Adolescents: Gender-Specific and Trauma-Informed Care Implications. Dr. Hardy has served as a Board Member of the United Way of Robeson County, a Board Member of the North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board and has volunteered for numerous task forces and organizations in Robeson County, NC.

She also focuses her efforts toward promoting racial equity in K-12 schools through training school support personnel, served as a primary writer and investigator for a funded grant focusing on maternal health equity and implicit bias, is serving as a subject matter expert in developing curricula to train school personnel in responding to students experiencing grief and loss, and has provided multiple keynote presentations focusing on race-based trauma.

Dr. Hardy is a professional consultant for the anti-human trafficking organization Doing It For The Kingdom and a human trafficking services team member for the NC Youth Violence Prevention Center. She is the recipient of several acknowledgements for her civic contributions and teaching such as the recipient of the 2021 Dial Award for Community Service; nominee for The University of North Carolina at Pembroke Nominee for The Board of Governors James E. Holshouser, Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Services; The United Way of Robeson County Volunteer of the Year Award for Distinguished Service, Leadership, and Support to Robeson County; The Civic Excellence Award Honoree awarded by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. – Sigma Iota Omega Chapter; and The University of North Carolina at Pembroke Outstanding Teaching Award.

She carries academic research and writing interests focused on trauma-informed practice, racial and ability equity, as well as child sex trafficking. These interests have transitioned into the delivery of multiple trainings, peer-reviewed journal articles, and state, regional, and national presentations. She has been a presenter and/or keynote speaker at events including the Lilly International Spring Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning, National Association of Social Workers (National Conference), National Association of Social Workers – NC Chapter (Annual Fall Conference and Clinical Social Work Institute), Council on Social Work Education (Annual Program Meeting), North American Association of Christians in Social Work Convention, North Carolina School Social Workers Association Annual Fall Conference, and the Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision Conference.

To learn more about Dr. Hardy, to purchase a book publication, or to schedule a speaking engagement for your organization or virtual event, please send an email to dr.veronicahardy@gmail.com. Visit her social work mentorship at www.veronicahardy.com.