Sandra Edmonds Crewe, MSW, PhD, ACSW, has dedicated her career and life to improving the quality of life for African Americans across the life span. Her early experience desegregating her high school has informed her practice and scholarship. Dr. Crewe currently holds three social work degrees. Her Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work degrees are from the Catholic University’s National Catholic School of Social Service and her Ph.D. in social work is from Howard University. Dr. Crewe worked for 20 years in the State of Maryland in the field of public and assisted housing as a social worker and held senior leadership roles including executive director that she assumed in her early thirties. Currently, she is dean and professor of Social Work, Howard University, Washington, DC. She is also former director of the Multidisciplinary Gerontology Center and former Chair of the NASW Aging Specialty Practice Section.
During her tenure as dean since 2013, she has initiated three social work dual degree programs, Master of Public Health (MSW/MPH); Master of Public Health (MSW/MPH) and Master of Business Administration (MSW/MBA). Additionally, she launched the Fred Taylor Roll Away the Stone Human Services Leadership Certificate Program in 2021. In 2022, she also started an online MSW program. Under her leadership, the Howard MSW social work program is ranked in top 5% of Graduate Social Work programs nationally by US News and World Report.
Dr. Crewe is a board member of the National Association of Social Work Deans and Directors (NADD), Maryland Affordable Housing Trust, American Association of Service Coordinators, and Home Care Partners. She is also consultant for Volunteers of America and the National Alliance of Resident Services in Assisted and Affordable Housing (NAR-SAAH). Dr. Crewe is founding Vice-President for the Open My Heart Foundation, an organization focused on education on heart disease for African American women and broader community. Dr. Crewe is a NASW Social Work Pioneer© and received the 2020 Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman award for excellence in education and inspirational leadership. Dr. Crewe is recognized as an expert in housing and caregiving—with an emphasis on quality of life across the life span. Additionally, she has scholarship addressing historical accomplishments of African American women. She also has scholarship that addresses disparities in the welfare system and health care. She is a co-lead of the Social Isolation Grand Challenge for Social Work. She is currently editing a book addressing racism within and outside the social work profession. Dr. Crewe serves on editorial board of Reflections Journal and Urban Social Work.
Currently, she has research and training funding from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) on mental health awareness and suicide prevention. Additionally, she is Co-Principal Investigator of US Department of Housing and Urban Development grant which established the Howard University Center of Excellence in Housing and Urban Research and Policy (CHURP). In that role, she focuses on leadership in public housing. Dr. Crewe also has partnerships with local human services organizations.
Considered a public intellectual, Dr. Crewe has been guests on such outlets as AARP E Street; Howard University WHUR, The Journey; WHUT-Vocal Point; and Mandela Fellow Washington. Dr. Crewe has numerous publications and is a widely sought public speaker on caregiving, cultural competence, and quality of life. Dr. Crewe resides in Largo, Maryland with her husband Dwight. She has two sons, Dwight and Paul Crewe. Dr. Crewe is a long-time member of First Baptist Church of Highland Park, Landover, Maryland. She is a native of Halifax County, Virginia.
Click here for Dr. Crewe's CV (2021)