MCPG Awards



Dr. Paula S. Langford is a native Baltimorean. She earned her Master of social work degree from the University of Maryland. In 2000 and 2002 respectively, she became the first African American Roman Catholic female to earn her master and doctorate degrees from Howard University School of Divinity. She is a Corporator at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Northwest, Baltimore and works in the Northwest Baltimore community to improve community wellbeing.  

For the past thirty years, Dr. Langford has worked as a clinical social worker for the District of Columbia and Baltimore City. She is a certified African-centered social work practitioner through the National Association of Black Social Worker’s Academy of African Centered Social Work. Dr. Langford is a Sex Health in Recovery facilitator, Certified Problem Gambling facilitator, Reiki Master/Teacher, and Trauma Systems Theory (TST) practitioner. She is currently a Lead Case Practice Specialist/ Child Federal Reviewer for District of Columbia.  

Dr. Langford integrates spirituality and Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) and social work practices in therapeutic and faith-based settings. She was an adjunct professor at Morgan State University’s School of Social Work for nineteen years. Dr. Langford is passionate about the healing of God’s children and families everywhere. Dr. Langford is an advocate for justice and believes that no one is free until we are all free.


The MCPG is awarding Dr. Langford the 2018 Dr. Joseph W. Ciarrocchi Excellence in Problem Gambling for her exemplary leadership in facilitating problem gambling wellness in faith and spiritual communities and with social workers and social work students-in-training.  She is making an impact in the Northwest Baltimore community and has expanded the number of clergy and lay leaders in understanding problem gambling and addictions and getting them involved in MCPG's and BHA's efforts to partner with faith/spiritual communities