College Of Health & Human Sciences

Josie Crolley-Simic



Associate Professor
Phone: 828-227-2194
Office: Health and Human Sciences (HHS) 302


Ph.D. in Social Work: University of Georgia
M.S.W.: University of Georgia
B.S.: Kennesaw State University


Dr. Crolley-Simic came to Western in 2006. Prior to accepting a position at WCU she attended the University of Georgia, teaching in the School of Social Work and graduated with a Ph.D in Social Work. She also earned MSW from UGA in 1994. After which she practiced in Atlanta in outpatient sexual offender treatment program. Later she worked for the SC Department of Mental Health as a therapist and coordinator for several programs. Her research has focused on white parents who transracially adopt and their practices in racially and culturally socializing their children. Currently, she is working with Liz Anderson, DSW on the academic and financial impact of campus sexual assault on survivors.


Lee, J., Crolley-Simic, J. & Vonk, M. E. (2016). Development and initial validation of theTransracial Adoptive Parenting Scale-Revised. Research on Social Work Practice. DOI:10.1177/049731516656802.

Lee, J., Vonk, M. E., & Crolley-Simic, J. (2015). Religion and cultural/racialsocialization among transracially adoptive parents. Journal of Social Distress & Homelessness, 24(1), 40-57.

Lee, J., Vonk, M.E., & Crolley-Simic. J. (2015). A model of factors related to culturaland racial socialization practices among transracial adoptive parents. Families in Society: Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 96(2), 141-147.

Crolley-Simic, J., Lee, J., & Vonk, M. E. (2013). Title IV-E student perspectives toward transracial adoption. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 7(4), 392-410.

Lee, J., & Crolley-Simic, J., & Vonk, M. E. (2013). MSW students’ attitudes toward transracial adoption. Journal of Social Work Education, 49(1), 122-135.

Crolley-Simic, J. & Vonk, M. E. (2012). Race and white transracially adoptive mothers. Journal of Cultural & Ethnic Diversity in Social Work, 21(4), 297-313.

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