Ann Marie Garran, PhD

Assistant Professor, School of Social Work (Affiliate)

Research Overview

As a social work educator, the majority of my work has focused on anti-oppressive practice, including anti-racism in clinical practice and in clinical supervision; anti-oppressive pedagogy; discrimination, and the impact of power and privilege on clients/patients, educators, and students. I am also involved in a project that examines historical trauma as it relates to the enslavement of Blacks and African Americans and the manifestations of trauma still seen in these communities. I see my work at the SSW aligned with InCHIP’s mission in that I hope to carry out funded research that focuses on racism and other forms of oppression and the concomitant psychological distress these phenomena cause. I have a growing interest in examining how discrimination affects health care providers from historically marginalized groups, primarily people of color. A lot is written about the impact of race and racism on service delivery from the patient standpoint, but far less research has been conducted about the impact of racism on practitioners, whether committed by colleagues or patients, and the effects of structural inequality on these health care providers’ well-being.

In addition to exploring the professional and personal effects of racism on health care practitioners, I am interested in furthering my work with historical trauma to examine the mental health effects on Blacks and African Americans in an effort to develop more targeted interventions. The interventions could be on individual, organizational, or community levels and would include intergroup dialogue as a way to help people to communicate across social, cultural, or power differences.


Georgetown University School of Languages and Linguistics – Bachelor of Science in French, 1984

City University of New York – Hunter College School of Social Work – Master of Social Work – Major: Casework, 1992

Smith College School for Social Work – Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Social Work, 2008

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Mailing AddressSchool of Social Work
1798 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117-2698