Darnell Morris-Compton, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Darnell Morris-Compton, Ph.D.

Contact Info

College of Liberal Arts
Room 2238


Ph.D., Social Work,
University of Maryland, Baltimore

M.S.W., Social Work,
University of Maryland, Baltimore

B.S., Journalism, Ball State University

Areas of Expertise

Juvenile justice


Service Learning


Dr. Morris-Compton joined Towson University in Fall 2014. He has been teaching in higher education since 2009 having served as a teaching assistant in the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Social Work doctoral program and an instructor in the master’s program. Prior to 2009, he served as a United States Peace Corps volunteer helping families improve their health conditions in the countries of Turkmenistan and Kenya.

Previously, Dr Morris-Compton worked as a journalist, substance abuse interventionist, and director of campus services for a children’s home. He has worked in or volunteered with public schools and community centers in the Midwest and Baltimore City.

Selected Publications

Bright, C., Sacco, P., Kolivoski, K., Jun, H., Stapleton, L., & Morris-Compton, D. (2017). Gender Differences in Patterns of Substance Use and Delinquency: A Latent Transition Analysis. Journal Of Child And Adolescent Substance Abuse, 26(2), 162-173. doi:10.1080/1067828X.2016.1242100

Bright, C. L., Hergenroeder, N. S., & Morris-Compton, D. (2014). Diversion From the Juvenile Justice System: Observations of a Teen Court Program. Journal Of Community Practice, 22(3), 385-401. doi:10.1080/10705422.2014.929061

Tuten, M., Harrington, D., Morris-Compton, D., Abrefa-Gyan, T., & Hwang, J. (2016). Predictors of the use of evidence-based interventions among national association of social work (NASW) members. Journal Of Evidence-Informed Social Work, 13(3), 253-262. doi:10.1080/23761407.2015.1047109

Greif, G. L., & Morris-Compton, D. (2011). Group work with urban African American parents in their neighborhood schools. In G. L. Greif, P. H. Ephross, G. L. Greif, P. H. Ephross (Eds.), Group work with populations at risk, 3rd ed (pp. 385-398). New York, NY, US: Oxford University Press.

Courses Taught

  • FMST 387 - Community Services for Families
  • FMST 485 - Writing and Research Methods in Family Studies
  • FMST 490 - Family and Human Service Capstone: Methods in Family Life Education