Dr. Shantel Crosby

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Shantel Crosby is an Assistant Professor in the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville. She has both a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan. She received her Ph.D. in Social Work from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

She also holds a full clinical license and previously practiced as a community mental health clinician, working with children and families in the metro-Detroit area. Dr. Crosby served as staff of the Transition to Independence Program (TIP) at Wayne State University, an organization designed to increase college access and retention rates among the university’s foster care student population. During her time with this program, she provided support to the United States Department of Health and Human Services Children’s Bureau, compiling a policy report on tuition waiver programs and education training voucher policies in each state. She also conducted research on trauma-informed teaching and the educational wellbeing of court-involved high school youth (i.e., youth in the foster care and juvenile justice system), collaborating with staff members at the Administration for Children and Families, Child Welfare Information Gateway. A portion of this preliminary research has had state-level implications in the state of Michigan, as it was included in a report developed by the governor-appointed Michigan Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children. Dr. Crosby’s on-going research interests include wellbeing and adverse childhood experiences among youth who are court-involved or at risk of court-involvement—particularly among youth of color.

She focuses on trauma and behavioral/emotional health among this population and explores trauma-informed responses to maladaptive youth behaviors. She is also interested in examining other innovative practices and interventions utilized within child-serving systems to improve youth outcomes. Along with her research, Dr. Crosby teaches social work courses in the Kent School’s MSSW program, including Social Work Practice Methods.