Shakila Flentroy

Core Faculty
College of Social and Behavioral Health
Barbara Solomon School of Social Work
Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Dr. Flentroy has over ten years of research and teaching experience. Her research focuses on the impact of race, class, and violence on the well-being of urban, rural, and international communities of color, and health/mental health promotion. Dr. Flentroy specializes in the application of theory in research, pedagogy, and practice, with particular use of Critical Race Theory and Afrocentric Theory. She is the first author of an article published in the Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, “Assessment of childhood trauma and links to HIV and substance abuse in post-incarcerated women.” She presents her research at national and international conferences. Dr. Flentroy is working on a qualitative research study titled “Black Doulas: A Protective Factor for Black Women’s Maternal Health.” The first phase of this study focuses on the experience of Black Doulas and how their experience provides insight and potential strategies in mitigating the high maternal mortality rate faced by Black Women. At Walden University, Dr. Flentroy teaches, mentors, and advises students to support their academic success and role as change agents as future social work practitioners. Her areas of teaching are Research Methods II, Field Seminars I and II, and BSW Skills Lab.

Courses Taught

SOCW 2001 - Introduction to Social Work

SOCW 3002 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment

SWLB 0652 - MSW Social Work Skills Lab 2

BWLB 4110 - BSW Skills Lab 1

SOCW 4002 - Social Work Research II

SOCW 4100 - Field Seminar I

SOCW 4110 - Field Seminar II


PhD, The Catholic University of America

MSW, Columbia University

BA, University of California Santa Cruz


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