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Felicia Mitchell

Assistant Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3920
Assistant Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3920
Senior Sustainability Scholar
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3920
Biography: 

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.

Education: 
  • Ph.D. Social Welfare, University of Kansas
  • M.S.W. Social Work, Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis
  • B.S.W. Social Welfare, University of Kansas
Research Interests: 

Health and well-being of historically underrepresented populations

Social and environmental determinants of health

  • Environmental change
  • Environmental racism

Community-Based Research methods

  • Photovoice

Social work education

Research Group: 

Faculty Research Affiliate, Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center, School of Social Work, ASU, 2017-present

Faculty Affiliate, Southwest Collaborative on Immigration, Inequality, and Poverty (SCIIP), ASU, 2017-present

Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, ASU, 2017-present

Publications: 

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS (*graduate student)

*Maglalang, D., Sangalang, C., Mitchell, F. M, Lechuga-Peña, S., & Nakaoka, S. (conditionally accepted). Back to the future: Reflecting on 50 years of ethnic studies to inform new directions for social work research, policy, and practice. Journal of Social Work Education.

Mitchell, F. M., Sangalang, C., Lechuga-Peña, S., Lopez, K., & Beccera, D. (2020). Health Inequities in Historical Context: A Critical Race Theory analysis of diabetes among African Americans and American Indians. Race and Social Problems,12(4), 289-299, https://doi.org/10.1007/s12552-020-09301-4

Mitchell, F. M., Billiot, S., & Lechuga- Peña, S. (2020). Utilizing Photovoice to support Indigenous accounts of environmental change and injustice. Genealogy, 4(2), 51, https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy4020051

Jackson, K. F., Mitchell, F. M., Snyder, C. R., & Samuels, G. E. M. (2020). Salience of Ethnic Minority Grandparents in the Ethnic-Racial Socialization and Identity Development of Multiracial Grandchildren. Identity, https://doi.org/10.1080/15283488.2020.1728535

Billiot, S., Beltran, R., *Brown, D., Mitchell, F. M., & *Fernandez, A. (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, 10.1080/10705422.2019.1658677

Billiot, S., & Mitchell, F. M. (2019). Conceptual interdisciplinary model of exposure to environmental changes to address  Indigenous health and well-being. Public Health, 176, 142-148, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2018.08.011

Lechuga-Peña, S., Becerra, D., Mitchell, F.M., Lopez, K., & Sangalang, C (2019). Subsidized housing and low-income mother's school-based parent involvement: Findings from the Fragile Families and Child Well-being Study wave five. Children Youth Care Forum, 48, 323-338, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10566-018-9481-y

Mitchell, F. M. (2019). Water (in)security and American Indian health: Social and environmental justice implications for research, policy, and practice. Public Health, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2018.10.010

Sangalang, C., Becerra, D., Mitchell, F. M., Lechuga-Peña, S., Lopez, K., & Kim, I. (2019). Trauma, migration status, and mental health: A comparative analysis of refugees and immigrants in the United States. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 21, 909-919, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10903-018-0826-2

+Mitchell, F. M. (2018). Engaging in Indigenous CBPR within academia: A critical narrative. Affilia, 33(3), 379–394, https://doi.org/10.1177/0886109918762570

         +Winner of 2018 Affilia Award for Distinguished Feminist Scholarship and Praxis in Social Work

Mitchell, F. M. (2018). “Water is Life”: Using Photovoice to document American Indian perspectives of water and health. Social Work Research, 42(2), 277-289, https://doi.org/10.1093/swr/svy025

Mitchell, F. M. (2016). Creating space for the ‘uncomfortable’: Discussions about race and police brutality in a BSW classroom. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, 21(3), 4-9.

Mitchell, F. M. (2016). Water is life: A community-based participatory study of the significance of water and its relationship to the health and well-being of the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (Order No. 10240244)

Mitchell, F. M. (2015). Racial and ethnic health disparities in an era of health care reform. Health & Social Work, 40(3), e66-e74, https://doi.org/10.1093/hsw/hlv038

Johnson-Motoyama, M., Petr, C. G., & Mitchell, F. M. (2014). Factors associated with success in doctoral social work education. Journal of Social Work Education, 50(3), 548-558, https://doi.org/10.1080/10437797.2014.916955

Mitchell, F. M. (2012). Reframing diabetes in American Indian communities: A social determinants of health perspective. Health & Social Work, 37(2), 71-79, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/hsw/hls013

BOOK CHAPTERS/EDITED VOLUMES

Mitchell, F. M. (2019). Racial and ethnic health disparities in an era of health care reform (Invited reprint). In Bent-Goodley, T.B., Williams, J.H., Teasley, M.L., and Gorin, S. (Eds.), Grand Challenges for Society: Evidence-Based Social Work Practice. NASW Press.

Research Activity: 

PI/Training Fellow ($20,000), Lauhoe - Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training program, Indigenous Wellness Research Institute, University of Washington (NIH funded) (2017-2019)

Co-PI w/Community Coalition ($10,000 + ASU SSW internal funding of $12,800), Perspectives of Food Sovereignty: Engaging Tribal Youth in Participatory Research through Photovoice, Cross-Jurisdictional Sharing Small Grants Program, Kansas Health Institute (2017-2018)

PI, Kansas Humanities Grant, Kansas Humanities Council ($3,500), 2015-2017

Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 533Diversity/Oppression/Soc Work
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 585Macro Social Work Practice
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 533Diversity/Oppression/Soc Work
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 585Macro Social Work Practice
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 533Diversity/Oppression/Soc Work
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 585Macro Social Work Practice
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SWU 411Social Work Practice III
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SWU 411Social Work Practice III
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 533Diversity/Oppression/Soc Work
Presentations: 

PEER-REVIEWED PRESENTATIONS (*graduate student)

Teixeira, S., *Rao, S., Billiot, S., Mitchell, F. M., & *Luce, C. (2020, January). The Green New Deal and Its Social Work Implications: A Critical Examination and Discussion. Roundtable presentation presented at the annual conference of the Society for Social Work Research, Washington, DC.

Mitchell, F. M. & Meyer, L. (2019, June). Dialogue and development: Building the first fully online international Indigenous health course. Oral presentation presented at the Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference, Darwin, Australia.

Lechuga-Peña, S., Becerra, D., Mitchell, F. M., Lopez, K., & Sangalang, C. (2019, January). Low-income mother's school-based parent involvement and the role of subsidized housing: Findings from the Fragile Families and Child Well-Being Study Wave Five. Oral presentation to be presented at the annual conference of the Society for Social Work Research, San Francisco, CA.

Sangalang, C., Lechuga-Peña, S., Mitchell, F. M., Maglalang, D., & Nakaoka, S. (2019, January). Back to the future: Reflecting on 50 years of ethnic studies to inform new directions for social work research, policy, and practice. Roundtable presentation to be presented at the annual conference of the Society for Social Work Research, San Francisco, CA.

Lechuga-Peña, S., & Mitchell, F. M. (2018, November). Research in action: Using photovoice with diverse communities. Oral presentation in the Research and Program Evaluation Track presented at the annual program meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Orlando, FL.

Sangalang, C., Becerra, D., Mitchell, F. M., Lechuga-Peña, S., Lopez, K., & Kim, I. (2018, November). Trauma, post-migration stress, and mental health: A comparative analysis of refugees and immigrants in the United States. Paper accepted for the annual program meeting of the American Public Health Association, San Diego, CA.

Mason, L. R., Palinkas, L. A., Mitchell, F. M., & Billiot, S. (2017, October). Teaching Transdisciplinary and Translational Science Skills for Addressing the Grand Challenges. Grand Challenges Teaching Institute to be presented at the annual program meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Dallas, TX.

Mitchell, F. M. (2017, January). A community-based participatory study of the significance of water and its relationship to health and well-being in an American Indian community. E-poster session presented at the annual conference of the Society for Social Work Research, New Orleans, LA.

Billiot, S., Beltran, R., Fernandez, A., Brown, D., & Mitchell, F. M. (2017, January). Strengthening social responses to global environmental changes Grand Challenge: An Indigenous approach. Roundtable presented at the annual conference of the Society for Social Work Research, New Orleans, LA.

Mitchell, F. M. (2016, November). The relationship among water, health, and well-being in a Midwestern Tribal community. Interactive poster presentation presented at the annual program meeting of the Governor’s Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas, Manhattan, KS.

Billiot, S., & Mitchell, F. M. (2016, November). Reframing Indigenous mental health through an Indigenist model of ecological change. Interactive poster session presented at the annual program meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Atlanta, GA.

Mitchell, F. M. (2016, November). The relationship among water, health, and well-being in a Midwestern Tribal community. Oral presentation presented at the annual program meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Atlanta, GA.

Mitchell, F. M. (2015, November). Promoting CBPR in Tribal communities: Building trust, sustaining relationships, and moving forward. Oral presentation presented at the annual program meeting of the American Public Health Association, Chicago, IL.

Mitchell, F. M. (2015, October). Promoting CBPR in Tribal communities: Building trust, sustaining relationships, and moving forward. Interactive poster session presented at the annual program meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Denver, CO.

Honors / Awards: 

2018 Affilia Award for Distinguished Feminist Scholarship and Praxis in Social Work

Editorships: 

Consulting Editor, Health & Social Work

Professional Associations: 

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Council on Social Work Education Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Alumna

Indigenous and Tribal Social Work Educators’ Association (ITSWEA)

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Society of Social Work Researchers (SSWR)

Service: 

Member (Invited), Provost’s Native American Advisory Committee, ASU, 2017-present                                                 Collaborator (Invited), PLuS Alliance, Indigenous PLuS Alliance, ASU, 2017-present                                      

Speaker (Invited), Opening Reception for Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness Traveling Exhibit from the NIH National Library of Medicine, Hayden Library, ASU, 2016