- Senior Sustainability Scholar, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
- Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions
Felicia Mitchell is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University. She received her MSW from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, where she was a Buder scholar, and her PhD from the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare. Dr. Mitchell is an alumna of the Council on Social Work Education Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) and a member of the Indigenous and Tribal Social Work Educators’ Association.
Before beginning her academic career, Dr. Mitchell worked as a medical social work practitioner and program administration in public and tribal hospitals in Texas and Arizona, respectively. Dr. Mitchell’s primary research interests focus on the health and well-being of Indigenous populations, particularly in relation to environmental change and its impact on human health, and social and environmental determinants of Indigenous health. Dr. Mitchell is committed to research that incorporates community-based participatory research methods in an effort to effectively partner with Indigenous communities around community-identified health concerns.
- PhD, Social Welfare, University of Kansas, 2016
- Certificate in Service Learning, Center for Civic and Social Responsibility, University of Kansas, 2014
- MSW, Social Work, Washington University-St. Louis, 2004
- BSW, Social Welfare, University of Kansas, 2003
Mitchell, F. M. 2015. Creating space for the "uncomfortable": Discussions about race and police brutality in a BSW classroom. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping 21(3):4-9. (link )
Mitchell, F. M. 2015. Racial and ethnic health disparities in an era of health care reform. Health & Social Work 40(3):e66-e74. DOI: 10.1093/hsw/hlv038. (link )
Johnson-Motoyama, M., C. G. Petr and F. M. Mitchell. 2014. Factors associated with success in doctoral social work education. Journal of Social Work Education 50(3):548-558. DOI: 10.1080/10437797.2014.916955. (link )
Mitchell, F. M. 2012. Reframing diabetes in American Indian communities: A social determinants of health perspective. Health & Social Work 37(2):71-79. DOI: 10.1093/hsw/hls013. (link )
Mitchell, F. M. 2017. A community-based participatory study of the significance of water and its relationship to health and well-being in an American Indian community. Poster presented at the Society for Social Work and Research 21st Annual Conference -- Ensure Healthy Development for All Youth, January 11-15, 2017, New Orleans, LA. (link )
Mitchell, F. M. 2016. Water is life: The significance of water and its relationship to health and well-being on a Kansas American Indian reservation. Poster presented at the 2016 Governor's Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas, November 15, 2016, Manhattan, KS. (link )
Billiot, S., R. Beltran, C. Teyra, A. Fernandez, J. C. Black, D. Brown, G. Lama, F. M. Mitchell and K. Walters. 2017. Strengthening social responses to global environmental changes Grand Challenge: An Indigenous approach. Presentation at the Society for Social Work and Research 21st Annual Conference - Ensure Healthy Development for all Youth, January 11-15, 2017, New Orleans, LA. (link )