Elizabeth M. Goatley, MSSW, PhD

Interim Board President

Elizabeth Goatley, MSSW, Ph.D, currently serves as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for The Episcopal School of Dallas. In this role, Dr. Goatley is responsible for creating and maintaining an inclusive educational environment that celebrates the individuality of each student, faculty and staff member. Dr. Goatley supports the inclusive culture of the school through student programming, professional development and strategic forecasting. 

Prior to her work at The Episcopal School of Dallas, Dr. Goatley served as an Assistant Professor at the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University in Waco, TX.  While at Baylor, Dr. Goatley’s research and scholarship focused on includes community interventions in addressing human trafficking and communal social justice responses through empowerment modeling. Dr. Goatley’s research resulted in the first research faculty grant from The Dallas Women’s Foundation, now known as, The Texas Women’s Foundation, and a Big XII University Faculty Fellowship. 

 Dr. Goatley’s practical experience includes serving as the Program Director and Victims Advocate for Commercial Sexual Exploitation Unit of the Sandy Springs Police Department and as a Family Specialist for the Intensive Family Intervention team, both in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Goatley has extensive experience working for social justice and community mental health in several states across the southern United States.

Dr. Goatley received a BA in Psychology from Spelman College, a Master’s of Science in Social Work (MSSW) from University of Louisville’s Kent School of Social Work and PhD in Social Policy and Administration in Social Work from Clark Atlanta University.