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Shanika L Wilson

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Assistant Professor
(919) 423-7952
(919) 530-7924
000 Miller-Morgan Building


Dr. Wilson received her Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Connecticut-Storrs, Masters of Science in Social Work (MSSW) with a concentration in Mental Health and Substance Abuse from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her Doctor of Social Work (DSW) with a concentration in Clinical Practice and Leadership from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS) and was Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the State of North Carolina. She is currently LCSW in the state of Florida. Dr. Wilson resides in Central Florida.

Her direct practice includes providing mental health and substance abuse therapy to individuals, groups, and families. She has experience working at a university student health center, university counseling center, private practice, and in community mental health agencies.

Research Interests

My research interests include but are not limited to: clinical social work practice, assessing effective mental health and substance abuse services, studying the effectiveness of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness interventions, assessing the consequences of young adult alcohol and substance use, racial identity and mental health, colorism, financial literacy and social work, social work education and technology, and Collegiate Homelessness.


DSW University of Tennessee, Knoxville 2014
MSSW University of Wisconsin, Madison 2006
BA University of Connecticut 2003

Selected Publications

1. Douglas , B. , & Solomon , C. , & Wilson , S. (2018). Perception of Excessive Use of Force on Disenfranchised Communities.. Education Research and Health Development , 01, 1-5.
2. Allison, C. , & Wilson, S. L., & Solomon, C. (2018). Social Worker Perceptions of Marijuana Use versus Opiate Use among Pregnant Women. Dual Diagnosis: Open Access, 2, 1-5.
3. Gaunt, C. , & Jones, K. , & Solomon, C. , & Wilson, S. (2018). Correlation Between Perception and the Underutilization of Mental Health Services in the Treatment of Depression Amongst African Americans. EC Psychology and Psychiatry Open Access , 5, 263.
4. Jokogbola, O. R., & Solomon, C. , & Wilson, S. L. (2018). Family as Caregiver: Understanding Dementia and Family Relationship. Advances in Clinical and Translational Research, 2, 1-5.
5. Riley , T. , & Wilson , S. L., & Solomon , C. (2018). Educational Success of African Americans with Autism: An Exploratory Study. Journal of Neuroinflammation and Neurodegenerative Diseases, 1, 1-8.
6. Wilson, S. L., & Cooper, R. L., & Nugent , W. R., & Champion , D. (2016). Assessing the Relationship Between Mental Health Symptoms and Alcohol Consequences in College Drinkers. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 4, 402-414.
7. Wilson, S. L., & Cooper , R. L., & Nugent , W. R., & Champion , D. (2015). BASICS, ACT, mindfulness, and BMI: Effective evidence-based practices that treat collegiate high-risk drinking. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 1, 81-88.
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