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Betsy Vonk

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279 Williams Street
Rm 395B
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
Phone: (706) 542-7770

UGA Gwinnett Campus GUC 210
2530 Sever Rd.
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Phone: (678) 985-6793


Teaching Specialties
Individual and Group Practice, Practice with Children and Teens

Research Interests
Practice Evaluation
Transracial Adoption















Betsy Vonk

Ph.D., University of Georgia
MSW, Florida State University
B.S., Mercer University

Betsy Vonk brings a wealth of practice experience to her teaching and research. As a clinical social worker, she has worked with children, adolescents, and young adults for more than two decades. Her current research interests in practice evaluation and transracial adoption grew out of her clinical practice experience. She teaches primarily in the area of clinical practice for the MSW Program. For several years she led the Maymester Study Abroad Program in Northern Ireland.

Selected Publications

Vonk, M. E., & Early, T. J. (2015). Cognitive-behavioral therapy. In K. Corcoran (Ed.), Social workers’ desk reference (3rd ed.) (pp. 257-263). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Vonk, M. E. (2015). The assessment and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. In K. Corcoran (Ed.), Social workers’ desk reference. (3rd Ed.) (pp. 601-607). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Lee, J., Vonk, M. E., & Crolley-Simic, J. (2015). A model of factors related to cultural and racial socialization among transracial adoptive parents. Families in Society, 96(2), 141-147. doi:

Lee, J., Crolley-Simic, J., & Vonk, M. E. (2015). Religion and cultural and racial socialization among international transracial adoptive parents [Special issue]. Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless, 24(1), 40-57. doi: 10.1179/1053078915z.00000000022

Bergquist, K. S., Vonk, M. E., Kim, D. S., & Feit, M. (Eds.). (2014). International Korean adoption: Fifty years of practice and policy. Korean translation. Seoul, Korea: KoRoot Publishing.

Vonk, M.E. (2001). Cultural competence for transracial adoptive parents. Social Work, 46, 246-255.

Vonk, M.E., Tripodi, T., Epstein, I. (2007). Research Techniques for Clinical Social Workers (2nd Edition). Columbia University Press.

Vonk, M.E., & Jaegoo Lee & Josie Crolley-Simic (2010). Cultural Socialization Practices in Domestic and International Transracial Adoption. Adoption Quarterly, 227-247.