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Shakila Flentroy

Contributing Faculty

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Barbara Solomon School of Social Work

Degree ProgramBachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Dr. Flentroy has over eight years of research and teaching experience. Her areas of specialization include the impact of race, class, and violence on the wellbeing of urban, rural and international communities of color, community development and engagement, and health/mental health promotion. Dr. Flentroy recently received her PhD in Social Work from The Catholic University of America in January 2017. Her dissertation, A Phenomenological Study of HIV/AIDS and Health Promotion among African American Women, is a qualitative study that explored the efficacy of healing stones and journaling on women’s motivation for self-directed health promotion. At Walden University, Dr. Flentroy's role consist of teaching, mentoring and advising students on academic success and social change.

Courses Taught

SOCW 2001 - Introduction to Social Work

SOCW 3002 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment

SWLB 0652 - Social Work Skills Lab 2


PhD, The Catholic University of America - WASHINGTON

MSW, Columbia University - New York, NY

BA, University of California Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz , CA


Flentroy, S. L., Young, M., Blue, N., Gilbert, D. J. (2015). Innovative assessment of childhood trauma and its link to HIV and substance abuse in post-incarcerated women Journal of Creativity in Mental Health


Flentroy, S. L. (2016). African Healing Stones and Women’s Collective Mental Health Transformation Association for Black Psychologists

Flentroy, S. L. (2017). African Healing Stones: African American Women’s Motivation for Self-Directed Health Promotion The Catholic University of America

Flentroy, S. L. (2017). African Sacred Stones: Creating Meaning and Transformational Health-Promoting Behaviors with African-Descent Persons The Association for Black Sexologist and Clinicians

Flentroy , S. L. (2018). Preventing HIV/AIDS among African American women: Using culturally appropriate strategies Society for Social Work and Research

Flentroy, S. L. (2015). Reducing HIV Stigma with African-Descent Women: Programs for US and Africa Association for Black Psychologist

Flentroy, S. L. (2015). Sacred Stones: Incorporating Spirituality and Healing for Health Promotion Interventions with Black Women AIDS Foundation Houston

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