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Degrees & Programs

Phillips, Rebecca

PhD Student,

Areas of Interest
Policy development, analysis and implementation regarding poverty and health inequities
Organizational systems regarding mental health and child welfare
Social justice


Becky Phillips received her MSW from The Ohio State University in May of 2017, focusing on Community and Social Justice. Prior to this, she received an M.A. in Child Development and Human Studies from Tufts University, as well as dual B.A.s in Psychology and English from the University of Rochester. Between graduating from Tufts and attending OSU Becky worked in the community mental health field in Burlington, Vermont, where she first provided in-home family-based therapeutic services before becoming a team leader for her team.
Becky is a second year doctoral student interested in policy development and implementation, particularly as it applies to mental health organizations and the overall health system. She is especially passionate about assessing these through a social justice lens, wanting to ensure that policies and practices are culturally sensitive and in the best interest of the communities they affect.
Upon her MSW graduation Becky was awarded the Spirit of Social Justice and Outstanding MSW Student awards from the OSU College of Social Work. In 2017 she was also awarded the Alice Paul Award for Consciousness Raising by the OSU Office of Student Life, and the MSW Student of the Year for Region 5 award by NASW Ohio.