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Dr. Charles E. Lewis, Jr

Dr. Charles E. Lewis, Jr. is President of the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy.  He served as deputy chief of staff and communications director for former Congressman Edolphus “Ed” Towns and was the staff coordinator for the Congressional Social Work Caucus. He was a full-time faculty member at Howard University School of Social Work prior to joining Rep. Towns’ staff and now is an adjunct associate professor. As staff coordinator for the Social Work Caucus, Dr. Lewis helped to plan and to coordinate numerous briefings and events on the Hill and in the 10th Congressional District in Brooklyn, New York.

A professional social worker, Dr. Lewis received his M.S.W. degree in clinical counseling at the Whitney M. Young, Jr. School of Social Work at Clark Atlanta University. He earned his Ph.D. in social policy analysis at the Columbia University School of Social Work in 2002. He strongly believes that social workers have much to bring to the policy discussion because of their hands-on knowledge about the real-world experiences of people in all walks of life.

Dr. Lewis has been a strong advocate for children’s mental health as president of the Mental Health Association of the District of Columbia and has published extensively about the need for early detection and treatment as a means to reduce the overrepresentation of African Americans and Latinos in the criminal justice system.
Dr. Lewis co-edited a book in 2011 with former Philadelphia Mayor Dr. W. Wilson Goode and Howard School of Divinity professor Dr. Harold Dean Trulear entitled, Ministry with Prisoners and Families: The Way Forward, presenting ideas to reduce the constant flow of young people of color into the criminal justice system by addressing their psychological and behavioral needs at an early age. He is a strong proponent for increased mental health services in schools. Speaking at a forum at the Center for American Progress titled: “Everyone Isn’t Obama: Black Men and Social Policy,” Dr. Lewis stated the over-representation of young people of color in the criminal justice system is the number one civil rights issue of today for African Americans because of the economic and relational penalties incurred by individuals, families and communities.

Dr. Angela S. Henderson

Dr. Angela S. Henderson is COO and one of the founding members of the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy. Dr. Henderson created the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy (CRISP) on behalf of Dr. Charles E. Lewis, Jr. and Former Congressman Edolphus Towns. As a congressional fellow in the office of Rep. Edolphus “Ed” Towns, she was instrumental in developing Web applications and social media for the Congressional Social Work Caucus and supervised staff and interns on various projects. Dr. Henderson is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Social Work at Virginia State University. She specializes in human behavior and the social environment and social welfare policy. Dr. Henderson additionally serves as the Research Assessment Coordinator at Virginia State University’s Department of Social Work. She is the Principal Investigator for the Police Minority Recruitment Project funded by the Virginia Office of the Attorney General. Previously, Dr. Henderson worked as a Research Associate at Westat where she conducted data analysis and developed proposals and evaluation reports for agencies and organizations that included: the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), and the United States Congress. Dr. Henderson received her B.S.W. from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and her M.S.W. from Howard University School of Social Work. She earned her Ph.D. in social work from Howard University in May 2013.