PhD, University of Mississippi
MSW, University of Southern Mississippi
BS, Iowa State University
Kimberly K. Shackelford, LCSW, is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work at Auburn University. She received her bachelor of science degree in sociology from Iowa State University, her MSW from the University of Southern Mississippi, and her PhD in leadership and higher education from the University of Mississippi. Her career has involved direct work in the field of child welfare, child welfare training, directing and curriculum development, clinical work in an adult psychiatric unit, child advocacy, and obtaining full professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of Mississippi. She served as deputy director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services – Division of Family and Children’s Services for three years.
During her years at the University of Mississippi, she led a four-year service learning interdisciplinary project in Belize and developed the Mississippi Department of Human Services grant-funded Mississippi Child Welfare Training Academy. She also participated in a Children’s Bureau QIC grant through the University of Kentucky that enabled the study of child welfare supervision and the creation of supervisory learning labs for the public child welfare agency. She also was awarded the Thomas A. Crowe Outstanding Faculty Award.
Shackelford has worked on a variety of public child welfare services improvement projects in Mississippi, Nevada, Northern California, Los Angeles, New Jersey, Georgia, Texas, South Africa, Belize, and Canada. Her systems analysis, organizational assessment and improvement work is centered on improvement of professional development opportunities, supervisory and leadership practices, community partnerships as well as the need to create healthy work environments with recognition of the effects of working with victims of trauma and the need for the promotion of healthy self-care practices of staff.
Shackelford is a co-author of two books with Dr. Josephine Pryce and Col. David Pryce: Secondary Traumatic Stress and the Child Welfare Professional and The Costs of Courage: Combat Stress, Warriors, and Family Survival. Her research areas are traumatic stress and also the best practices for supervision in the field of child welfare. She has several published journal articles in these areas.
Upon retirement from the State of Mississippi, after 30 years of service in various capacities to improve services to children and families, Shackelford continued to work with the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Mississippi to infuse a child advocacy curriculum in public and private universities and colleges and all community colleges in Mississippi and to improve family/victim advocacy programs.
traumatic stress, best practices for supervision in the field of child welfare