Shantel Crosby, Ph.D., MSW is an Associate Professor in the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville. She previously practiced as a community mental health clinician, working with children and families in Detroit, MI. Dr. Crosby’s ongoing research is interdisciplinary, with an emphasis on the intersections of race, gender, and trauma exposure among youth. Her scholarship focuses on childhood trauma and trauma-informed interventions (e.g., trauma-informed teaching) in an effort to inform practice and policies in schools and other youth-serving organizations. She has been an investigator on multiple federal grants, and currently serves as a co-investigator and evaluator on a 5-year, federal, trauma-focused grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, focused on developing a city-wide, culturally-relevant and trauma-informed, system of care across Louisville, KY through the Louisville Office of Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods.
Dr. Crosby’s research has been cited in multiple state-level policy and practice briefs, and also informed the proposal of a federal bill, H.R. 1757-Trauma-Informed Care for Children and Families Act of 2017. Her work has also been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Review of Research in Education, Preventing School Failure, and the Kentucky Teacher Education Journal. She has also made numerous presentations, both nationally and locally, to train educators from various districts/venues on childhood trauma, race, and trauma-informed practice. Along with her research, Dr. Crosby teaches Social Work courses in the Kent School’s MSSW, Ph.D., and DSW programs. In 2021, she joined the faculty of the Center with an emphasis on research/evaluation and school practice.