Worthen, Dreamal, Ph.D is currently the Project Manager for the Raise Florida Network, a statewide Asset Building Coalition with a focus on creating Savings, Income and Asset Building, Ownership, and Access to Capital. She also served as professor in the College of Agricultural and Food Sciences at Florida A&M University. Agricultural Research is an interdisciplinary area that focuses on multiple areas of agricultural and rural research. Her research has focused on asset building, environmental justice, the elderly, poverty and health issues in rural communities of color. Her latest article on elderly health related issues is published in a book chapter titled “Critical Issues in Rural Health”. She currently serves as the vice-chair of the Faculty Senate and is also a member of the Advisory Council of Faculty Senate for the State of Florida as well as the Council for Sustainable Florida.
Dr. Worthen is the former chair of the FAMU Faculty Senate as well as a former member of the FAMU Board of Trustees. She is an Emeritus Member of the Board of Directors for Elder Care Services. She has also served on boards and conducted research looking at how social decisions and responses impact the environment. Her current research focuses on Asset Building and childhood obesity. She has also worked in South Africa with the U.S. A.I.D. Farmer to Farmer Program.
Worthen received her undergraduate degree from Florida A&M University in 1973 her masters in Urban and Regional Planning (1980) and Ph.D. (1990) in Adult Education from Florida State University.