Dr. Shanika Lavi Wilson received her bachelor's in psychology from the University of Connecticut-Storrs, a master's 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), a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and a certified alcohol, tobacco and other drugs social worker (CCATODSW). 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, a university counseling center, private practice, and community mental health agencies.
Her research interests include clinician implicit racial bias, decolonized clinical supervision, Afrocentric social work, racial identity, colorism and mental health equity.