Bachelor, North Carolina A&T State University, 1971. Master of Arts, University Chicago, 1973. Doctor Social Work, City University of New York Graduate School and University Center, 1982.
Medical social worker Metropolitan Hospital, New York City, 1973-1976. Assistant professor social work North Carolina Agricultural and Technology State University, Greensboro, 1976-1978. Director educational programs Brookdale Center on Aging of Hunter College, New York City, 1979-1981.
Visiting professor social work, gerontology Le Moyne College-Owen College, Memphis, 1981-1982. Assistant professor social work Clark College, Atlanta, 1982-1984. Associate director Center on Aging University West Florida, Pensacola, 1985-1989, assistant professor social work, 1985-1989.
National Institute on Aging postdoctoral fellow University Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1987-1989. Assistant professor social welfare State University of New York, Albany, 1989-1990, faculty research associate Ringel Institute on Aging, 1989-1990. Assistant professor social work Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1990.
Consultant Regional Administration on Aging, New York City, 1981. Consultant Atlanta Regional Commission on Aging, 1984. Board directors Geriatric Residential Treatment Services Inc., Florida, 1986-1987.
Member State of Florida Long-Term Care District I Ombudsman council, 1986-1987. Chairperson Educational Programs Association of Black Social Workers, Pensacola, 1985-1988. Advisory council consultant Mental Health Association of Escambia County 1985-1987.
Trainer, workshop developer Escambia County Council on Aging, 1986-1988, (advisory council member 1987). Organizer, coordinator Black Family in Rural American symposium, 1987. Member Social Research Planning and Practice Task Force on Minority Issues subcommittee on Policy and Service/Practice, Gerontological Society, since 1987.
National Institute on Aging postdoctoral research fellow University Michigan, 1987-1989.
Board directors Northwest Florida Area Agency on Aging, 1985-1986. Member Escambia County Coalition of the Homeless, 1986-1987. Member Council of Social Work Education, Gerontological Society, Association for Gerontology and Human Development in History Black Universities and Colleges, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Museum.
Married Robert Lewis Cook, June 23, 1973 (divorced December 1983).