Edward D. Scott, Jr. - University of Houston
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Edward D. Scott, Jr.


Assistant Professor

Email: edscottj@Central.UH.EDU
Room:  440 Social Work Building
Phone: 713-743-9686

Current Curriculum Vitae

Personal Statement

Dr. Edward Scott Jr. joined the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work in July 2022 as an assistant professor. He is both an applied developmental scientist and a clinical social worker whose research focuses on adolescent identity, sociopolitical development, and psychosocial wellbeing. Dr. Scott is an interdisciplinary scholar who uses innovative, critical approaches to qualitative inquiry while drawing on scholarship from Civil Rights Studies, Black political thought, gender and sexuality studies, sociology, legal studies, and education research. He currently serves as principal investigator for the Making Justice Project, a research study centering the lives and developmental experiences of Black adolescent social justice activists throughout the United States. The goal of the Making Justice Project is to share the stories of Black youth activists while highlighting strategies for effectively cultivating, supporting, and sustaining their political engagement and mental health. Dr. Scott’s research is informed by a decade of social work practice experience, which focused on serving urban youth in educational and community-based nonprofit settings. He also is a proud alumnus of the Council on Social Work Education’s Minority Fellowship Program and the Southern Regional Education Board’s Doctoral Scholars Program.


B.A., Psychology and Applied Critical Though and Inquiry, William Jewell College (2013)

M.S.W., Clinical Social Work, University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice (2015)

M.A., Organizational Development and Leadership, Rockhurst University Helzberg School of Management (2017)

Ph.D., Educational Psychology-Applied Developmental Science, University of Virginia (2022)

Licenses & Certifications

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Active, Virginia; Active, Missouri)


  • SOCW 6308 - Human Diversity and Human Development

Research Interests

  • Adolescent Development
  • Youth Sociopolitical Development and Psychosocial Wellbeing
  • School Social Work
  • Youth Leadership and Political Education Across Contexts
  • Narrative Identity & Autobiographical Memory
  • Methods (Qualitative Inquiry; Mixed Methods; and Youth-led Participatory Action Research)