About Dr. Hardy

Veronica L. Hardy has a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, a Master of Social Work degree, Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare, and clinical social work licensure in North Carolina. She is currently a Professor of Social Work (tenured) at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and teaches courses in the graduate and undergraduate programs. 

Dr. Hardy stresses engagement within the community and has served as an anti-child sex trafficking advocate by providing awareness and prevention seminars. She has served as a Board Member of the United Way of Robeson County, a Board Member and Vice Chair of the North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board, and has volunteered for numerous task forces and organizations in Robeson County including facilitating groups for women at the Robeson County Detention Center, serving on an anti-gang coalition, facilitating groups for adolescents at the Methodist Home for Children, volunteering at fundraising events for Guardian ad Litem, and serving on sexual violence and domestic violence prevention task forces. 

She has also co-authored peer-reviewed journal articles such as Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: Practice Implications for Mental Health Professionals and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Adolescents: Gender-Specific and Trauma-Informed Care Implications. She has also co-authored a peer-reviewed publication titled, Facilitating Racial Equity: Evaluating a Leadership Workshop Series for School Social Workers and was the co-facilitator for a 15-hour training about promoting racial equity in K-12 schools provided to school support personnel to be leaders within the school system and confronting this social justice issue.

Dr. Hardy has multiple book publications including The Process of Grief: The Underrated Form of Self-Care and Becoming Un-Tangled: Eight Simple Strategies for Cleaning Up Your Life, Mind, and Habits. She also serves as professional consultant to the human trafficking nonprofit, Doing It For The Kingdom and has served as a task force member with the NC Youth Violence Prevention Center, focusing on the development of services for human trafficking survivors. She embraces opportunities to mentor fellow social workers and academic professionals. She serves as a mentor to junior faculty focusing on the tenure and promotion process.


Furthermore, she is a YouTuber (Dr. Veronica Hardy), blogger, podcaster (There is Power in Your Story podcast on Anchor, Spotify, and other podcast platforms), and course creator (Nelson-Hardy Learning Institute). To further her mentorship efforts, Dr. Hardy created and facilitates a mentorship group via Facebook titled, The Social Work Lounge, for social workers, and develops written and video content for a series titled, Vision. Intention. Strategy. Your Social Work Mentor for The New Social Worker magazine (www.socialworker.com).


To learn more about Dr. Hardy, also visit www.drveronicahardy.com.