Raymond M. Scurfield, DSW, LCSW, ACSW

Professor Emeritus

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Raymond Monsour Scurfield, DSW, LCSW, ACSW, is Professor Emeritus of Social Work, University of Southern Mississippi and a Vietnam veteran. He has a BA in Sociology/Anthropology (Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, 1965) and a MSW (1967) and DSW (1979) from the University of Southern California. He retired as a full-time faculty member in May 2011, following a distinguished 13-year career. He was selected as one of the first two in-resident social work faculty for the Gulf Coast campus (1998), and taught mostly advanced-level MSW courses at both the Gulf Coast and Hattiesburg campuses, and in Tupelo. His major areas of expertise are mental health, war trauma and natural disasters. During his 13-year academic career, Dr. Scurfield received 15 awards for scholarship, teaching and service. His four books include A Vietnam Trilogy, and he has some 65 additional publications. He has made over 400 professional presentations throughout the country. Dr. Scurfield has developed and maintains on his university web site an extensive War Trauma Resources for Military, Veterans & Families-- an annotated listing as a public service —to include 400+ private and nonprofit resources. He currently is in private practice in Gulfport, MS, and co-editor of two books being written for Routledge Publishing Company (Taylor & Francis Group): War Trauma and Its Wake. Expanding the Circle of Healing; and Healing War Trauma. A Handbook of Creative Approaches.  Dr. Scurfield is married to Margaret (Niolet) Scurfield, a USM MSW graduate, who had a 25-year career with the U.S. Navy and currently is a social work coordinator with the Biloxi VA Health Care System.     

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina that severely damaged the Gulf Coast campus and destroyed the Cooke Building in which the School of Social Work (and Dr. Scurfield’s office) were located, Dr. Scurfield took a leadership role in post-Katrina services and assistance to Gulf Coast faculty, students and  surrounding communities, to include volunteering to be the post-Katrina counselor for the Gulf Coast campus and USM teaching sites (2005 – 2008). He also was elected President of the Gulf Coast Faculty Council (several terms as President, 2005 -- 2008), a Faculty Senator (2008-10) and Director, Katrina Research Center (2006-08). For his leadership and service, he was named Mississippi NASW chapter 2006 Social Worker of the Year, as well as a “Hero of Katarina” by the University of Southern Mississippi.  

Dr. Scurfield was a Distinguished Military Graduate, Army ROTC, Dickinson College (1961-65) and began his professional career serving four years as an Army social work officer (1967-91), to include one year on one of the Army’s two psychiatric teams in Vietnam (1968-69). His four years on active duty were followed by a distinguished 25-year career with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In 1988 he received the VA’s highest award, the Olin E. Teague Award -- “...in recognition of your extraordinary  contributions benefiting war-injured veterans. Your achievements in the study and treatment of PTSD  have become landmarks in psychiatry.” President Ronald Reagan. Nov. 21, 1988. While in the VA,  Dr. Scurfield developed and directed several regional and national PTSD programs, to include the first National Associate Director, VA Vet Center Program (Washington, DC, 1982-85), the first  Director, American Lake VA Post-Traumatic Stress Treatment Program (Tacoma, WA, 1985-92),  and the first Director, VA National Center for PTSD, Pacific Islands Division, (Honolulu, HI, 1992-97).