Constance L. Norris-Lacy, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work in May 2005 Dr. Lacy is a Ronald E. McNair scholar and is recognized as the first African American recipient of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship in the history of The University of North Texas.

Constance is a pioneer faculty member at the University of North Texas at Dallas. As a Senior Lecturer, Constance serves as the Coordinator of the Human Services Management Leadership program since 2006. During her tenure, Constance also served as Interim Division Director for Education and Human Services from 2008 to 2010. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker by training, Dr. Lacy’s teaching interests are in human services practice, community outreach and development, child and family studies, and prevention and intervention practices with adolescents. She has an extensive background working in community behavioral healthcare settings, family courts, and serving as center manager for a school based medical and behavioral health program.  Dr. Lacy’s research and practice interests also include factors of resiliency among at risk youth, community-based empowerment, social and collective impact on issues of poverty and access to resources among marginalized families, groups and communities.