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Research Interests
Coops & Solidarity Economy
Labor Justice
Poverty & Society Inequality

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Community assessment
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Worker-owned cooperatives may help address elder care deficit

Assistant Professor Rebecca Matthew receives Council on Social Work Education 2016 Feminist Manuscript Award

University students, faculty work with East Athens community













Rebecca Matthew

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279 Williams Street,
Room 350
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
Phone: (706) 542-5445





















Rebecca Matthew

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, School of Social Welfare
MSW, University of California, Berkeley, School of Social Welfare
MPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Public Health
BA, University of South Florida, psychology

Rebecca Matthew analyzes and writes about community-based participatory research (CBPR) and practice that supports community health and well-being. Her inquiry is methodologically diverse, calling upon quantitative, qualitative and conceptual approaches to explore community-based models of human service delivery that prioritize quality services and dignified labor conditions among low-income workers. She has engaged in innovative research concerning worker-owned cooperatives within the childcare and aging sector, the findings from which received a national research award and were featured on national and local news outlets. She is also partnering with an interdisciplinary research consortium to assess the impact of the “community health worker/promotores” model within low-income, vulnerable Latinx communities. This model seeks to enhance culturally responsive access to health and social services, as well as indigenous leadership and capacity development. Additionally, she currently serves as the principle investigator of an externally funded, community-based participatory study of at-risk youth in Athens, the findings from which shall inform gang-prevention programs and policies.

Selected Publications

Matthew, R. & Bransburg, V. (2017). Democratizing caring labor: The promise of community-based, worker-owned childcare cooperatives. Affilia,32(1), 10-23. doi: 10.1177/0886109916678027

Matthew, R. (2017). Community engagement: behavioral strategies to enhance the quality of participatory partnerships. Journal of Community Psychology, 45(1), 117-127. doi: 10.1002/jcop.21830.

Matthew, R. (in press). (Re)Envisioning human service labor: Worker-owned cooperative possibilities. Journal of Progressive Human Services.