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Renkert named interim chair of the Department of Social Work

BOONE—Dr. Lauren Renkert has been named interim chair of the Department of Social Work in the College of Health Sciences at Appalachian State University. She replaces Dr. Gail Leedy, who was chair of the department from 2010-12.

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Renkert began her career at Appalachian as an adjunct lecturer in 1995 and became a full-time faculty member in 2000. She received her Bachelor of Social Work degree at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. She completed her Master of Social Work at Barry University in North Miami and her Ph.D. in social work at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Renkert has extensive clinical practice experience working with children, adults and families in public and private agencies. She has worked with diverse populations, including the elderly, ethnic minorities, gay and lesbian individuals, and those with developmental disabilities. She has provided clinical supervision and consultation for many professionals and students in various social service agencies. Her areas of interest include: clinical practice, mental health, health promotion, interdisciplinary collaboration and fathering.