Dr. Campbell grew up in Houston, TX where she graduated in the top of her class at North Shore High School. She received her BA in Sociology (with honors) and Ethnic Studies from The University of Texas at Austin in 2001. After taking a few years off, she began her studies at the University of Michigan where she earned an MSW in mental health and interpersonal practice in 2008 and a PhD in Social Work & Sociology in 2012. After graduating from UM, she worked briefly as a post-doc with Dartmouth College's Psychiatric Research Center before accepting a tenure-track faculty position with the University of Georgia's School of Social Work, which began in August 2012.
Dr. Campbell views practice as an important part of her scholarship and teaching. She believes that "in order to do good work, you have to stay connected to the field." To that end, Dr. Campbell has accrued 4000+ hours of post-Masters social work practice as defined by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). These hours include direct clinical practice including individual and group therapy as well as psychoeducational and therapeutic course instruction; evaluation of a first-year undergraduate level course for a minor in social work at the University of Michigan; evaluation of the intern program at The Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan (TWC); informal supervision with first-term social work interns at TWC; instruction of foundation field, social work clinical practice and mental health disorders seminars and courses at the University of Michigan; and numerous hours of social work research involving design, analysis, and data collection including conducting focus groups and individual interviews with Black American men and women.
Dr. Campbell holds active masters-level social work licenses (LMSW) in both Texas (#54385) and Georgia (#MSW007442) and is currently exploring opportunities to continue her clinical practice work.
Dr. Campbell is also committed to social justice particularly in the areas of race/racism and mental health. You will recognize the theme of social justice throughout her teaching, writing, and service. She is especially passionate about self-care among people of color and destigmatizing mental illness.
Dr. Campbell has published a host of articles on various topics related to mental health and social work practice.
Dr. Campbell's research focuses on the mental health and service utilization of individuals from underserved groups experiencing symptoms of psychiatric disorders. Specifically, she explores the illness and recovery experiences of Black Americans, particularly those with depression. The goal of Dr. Campbell's research is not only to contribute to the existing scholarship on depression, help-seeking and service use among Black Americans, but also to push the field forward by taking into the account the heterogeneity of the Black American population. By examining variations in their experiences, Dr. Campbell hopes to better understand mental illness in Black communities and design more culturally-informed and thus, -appropriate interventions aimed at improving Black Americans' mental health and wellness.
Teaching is a particularly rewarding part of Dr. Campbell's experience in academia. When teaching in clinical social work, she has three main goals for student learning: 1) to help students see people, not disorders; 2) to help them see the contexts in which people live; and 3) to help students develop their identities as social workers. Dr. Campbell's currently teaches a number of direct practice courses in the School of Social Work: Assessment and Psychopathology; Advanced Practice with Individuals; Social Work Treatment with Groups; and a new course she designed entitled Direct Practice with African American Adults, Children and Families.
Dr. Campbell believes in using her research skills and training to assist community partners. Learn more about her consulting work here.
Scholar * Researcher * Educator * Practitioner
Giving back means a great deal to Dr. Campbell. She dedicates her time to service to the profession, her School, and the community.
Sharing her work with a variety of audiences is important to Dr. Campbell. Take a look at some of her past presentations.
Dr. Campbell maintains a presence on social media. Follow her on twitter or connect with her on linkedin. Also, check out her latest podcast.