Theresa Flowers, LMSW, Ph.D. Candidate

Doctoral Student



December 11, 2017

Theresa Flowers, LMSW, Ph.D. Candidate


Theresa Flowers’ research explores factors that black women contribute to their persistence in a doctoral education.

Her experience as a black woman in a social work Ph.D. program and the lack of literature that gives voice to black women’s experiences in social doctoral education led to her dissertation.

Her dissertation is rooted in the strengths-based perspective while acknowledging barriers; the focus was on factors that promoted persistence.

Her research utilizes the lens of black feminist thought and critical race theory to identify and address how the intersection of race, gender, and class affected participants’ experiences. Her research interest includes gender inequality, incivility, black women in higher education and challenges within the social work profession.

Flowers has her M.S.W. degree in Direct Practice with Mental Health Clients from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is a practitioner with over 10 years of mental health experience working with children, adolescents and families in schools, hospitals and community agencies. Flowers is interested in teaching at the B.S.W. and M.S.W. level and is also passionate about advisement/development of future social workers.

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