Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions
School of Social Work
Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix campus
411 N Central Ave, Suite 800
Phoenix, AZ 85004
- Senior Global Futures Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
- Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions
Felicia M. Mitchell joined the School of Social Work at Arizona State University in August 2016. Mitchell is committed to social justice for all oppressed and marginalized peoples and advocates for the advancement of environmental and health equity in communities of color. Her primary research interests focus on social determinants of health (which includes environmental determinants) and their impact on Indigenous health and well-being. In support of Social Work's Grand Challenge to Create Social Responses to a Changing Environment (http://envchange.org/), Mitchell's work seeks to promote public and policy responsiveness to the social and anthropological dimensions of environmental change and environmental racism. Mitchell uses Photovoice, a community-based participatory research method, to partner with communities and organizations around group-identified health and ecological concerns.
Mitchell's secondary line of scholarship focuses on advancing social work education through critical reflection and engagement that seeks to dismantle anti-Black sentiments and settler-colonial standards in academia. Using a critical lens, she examines teaching and curriculum standards to increase accurate representations of historically underrepresented populations in the classroom and advocates for the eradication of oppressive social work education and research practices.
Mitchell's article, “Engaging in Indigenous CBPR within Academia: A Critical Narrative,” was selected as the winner of the 2018 Affilia Award for Distinguished Feminist Scholarship and Praxis in Social Work.
- 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., S. M. Billiot and S. Lechuga-Peña. 2020. Utlizing photovoice to support Indigenous accounts of environmental change and injustice. Genealogy (4):2. DOI: 10.3390/genealogy4020051. (link )
Billiot, S. M., R. Beltran, D. Brown, F. M. Mitchell and A. Fernandez. 2019. Indigenous perspectives for strengthening social responses to global environmental changes: A response to the social work grand challenge on environmental change. Journal of Community Practice 27(3-4):296-316. DOI: 10.1080/10705422.2019.1658677. (link )
Billiot, S. M. and F. M. Mitchell. 2019. Conceptual interdisciplinary model of exposure to environmental changes to address indigenous health and well-being. Public Health 179(Nov):142-148. DOI: 10.1016/j.puhe.2018.08.011. (link )
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. M., 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 )