About Dr. Hardy
Dr. Veronica Hardy is a first-generation college grad and first African American female Full Professor (tenured) within her academic department. She has navigated her own experiences of self-doubt, imposter syndrome, and being “the only one,” which have fueled her ambition to provide mentorship to students and fellow social workers. Dr. Hardy is currently a Professor of Social Work, a licensed clinical social worker, and author. She earned her Master of Social Work degree from West Chester University and doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University.
In honor of her family, she started the Nelson-Hardy Learning Institute, which houses several of her projects including Let’s Talk About Finances, mentorship services for social workers, and online courses focusing on issues of daily living. She served as the mentor for the development of the HART Social Work Career Inventory, has served on doctoral dissertation committees, and proudly supports her students’ endeavors as they flourish in their professional identities.
Dr. Hardy has fulfilled multiple roles including Vice Chair of the North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board, United Way of Robeson County Board Member, Board of Copy Editors for the International Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics, and professional consultant to Doing it for the Kingdom, an anti-human trafficking nonprofit. She has been proactive in serving her profession and community.
Throughout her career, she has provided services in settings including residential treatment facilities, maintained a private counseling practice, and served as a faculty member in social work and mental health counseling programs. Dr. Hardy has focused her attention on social justice issues including child sex trafficking, racial disparities, and inclusive teaching methods for persons with varying abilities.
Dr. Hardy has publications including Let's Talk About Finances, A Letter to My Sisters: Reflecting on God’s Promises, The Process of Grief: The Underrated Form of Self-Care, Becoming Un-Tangled: Eight Simple Strategies for Cleaning Up Your Life, Mind, and Habits, and Becoming Un-Tangled: Pray with Intention. She hosts the podcast, There is Power in Your Story, is a featured article writer and YouTube content creator for The New Social Worker Magazine, as well as the creator of The Social Work Lounge, a Facebook group for social workers.
Dr. Hardy enjoys public speaking opportunities and is thankful for each invitation. To learn more about Dr. Hardy, please visit her accompanying website drveronicahardy.com.