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College of Social Work

Faculty and Staff

Brent Cagle, Ph.D., LISW-CP, LCSW

Title: Clinical Associate Professor
College of Social Work
Phone: 803-777-4309
Office: Hamilton 220
Resources: Curriculum Vitae
Brent Cagle

Areas of Expertise

  • LGBTQ+ Youth

  • Child welfare

  • Mental health

  • Animals and social work


Clinical Associate Professor Brent Cagle joined the faculty of the College of Social Work in August 2018. He served as undergraduate program coordinator from January to December 2020 and is the faculty advisor to the Undergraduate Social Work Student Association and the University of South Carolina campus chapter of Save the Children Action Network. Prior to joining the college, Cagle was a tenured faculty member at Winthrop University.

Cagle’s teaching is focused on facilitating students’ professional development through self-reflection and skill building. He teaches courses such as direct practice with individuals, families and small groups, and diversity. Cagle’s most recent interest is the interconnections of animals and social work, including exploring animal-assisted interventions, veterinary social work, and the role of social work in examining impacts of factory farming at various systems levels.

Cagle has more than 20 years of professional social work education and practice experience. In practice, he worked in HIV/AIDS services, public child welfare, and mental health. He has also worked in collaboration with social service leaders and youth on several research projects. While at Winthrop, he led a team of student researchers on a funded award from the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of Long-Term Care and Behavioral Health Services. The results were shared with SCDHHS leaders to implement improvements. He also co-led a participatory action research youth needs assessment. Cagle has presented workshops on topics ranging from working with LGBTQ+ youth, practitioner self-care, and animals and social work at local, regional and national conferences. 

Cagle earned his Master of Social Work from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a Ph.D. in social work at the University of South Carolina.

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