Felicia Tuggle

Felicia Tuggle

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Social Work, Graduate Studies
Discipline: Social Work
Office: Social Sciences Building Rm. 129
Phone: 912.358.3250
Fax: 912.650.8086
Email: tugglef@savannahstate.edu


Dr. Tuggle is a licensed social worker with more than 10 years of practice experience. In her current role as Director of Field Education/Assistant Professor, she brings micro level experience as a behavioral health clinician and macro level expertise in developing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based programs, providing capacity building assistance to support public and private agency efforts to integrate research and practice, and conducting basic and applied behavior and social science research. Prior to joining the social work faculty at Savannah State University in 2014, Dr. Tuggle was employed with the Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Family and Children Services, where she served as State Director for Georgia’s Personal Responsibility Education Program (GA-PREP), a federally funded youth development and health education program. A rising scholar and student of life, Dr. Tuggle is committed to helping public and private agencies build the organizational and programmatic capacity required to administer positive youth development programming. Dr. Tuggle holds a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University, a Master’s degree in Social Work from the Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work at Clark Atlanta University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Relations from Atlanta Christian College.

Research Interests

Organizational and programmatic capacity building of positive youth development programs, program evaluation, implementation science, and child welfare research


PhD, Human Dev & Family Studies - Auburn University

Awards & Honors

Name: Woman of Distinction, Graduate Recipient
Organization: Auburn University, Women's Resource Center
Date: 3/1/2011
Each year at the Women’s Leadership Conference, Auburn University honors an undergraduate student, graduate student, faculty, staff, and alumna who demonstrates exemplary leadership abilities. She leads with heart, creating innovative solutions, while inspiring and uplifting her community.

Name: Lifetime Member-Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society
Organization: Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society
Date: 5/1/2005
Invitational membership honor society offered to those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work.


Title: Early Adolescent's Relationship Satisfaction with Friends and Dating Partners
Publication Date: 10/1/2014
Publisher: Family Relations
Volume: 63
Issue: 4
Page Number: 496=512
Type: Manuscript
Authors: Felicia J Tuggle, Jennifer L Kerpelman,

Title: Identity and intimacy during adolescence: Connections among identity styles, romantic attachment and identity commitment
Publication Date: 1/1/2012
Publisher: Journal of Adolescence
Volume: 35
Issue: 6
Page Number: 1427-1439
Type: Manuscript
Authors: Jennifer L Kerpelman, Joe F Pittman, Hans Saint-Eloi Cadely, Felicia J Tuggle, Marinda K Harrell-Levy, Franseca Adler-Baeder,