When We Heal, We Don't Heal Alone with Dr. Shawn Ricks

Updated: Sep 25

Dr. Monique chats with her grad school classmate and friend Dr. Shawn Arango Ricks. We've been friends for about 30 years. We met as graduate students in our Master's program. Listen in as she talks about how her career has evolved over the years. Her passion for helping black women to remember who they are and to heal, shines through.


Dr. Shawn Arango Ricks is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Leadership and Educational Studies at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.



In addition to her academic life, Dr. Ricks is also a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, and a nationally certified Hypnotherapist. practicing in Winston-Salem, NC (well, virtually now), and specializes in the mental health of Black women. She offers life changing coaching programs for women, so visit her website for more information.


She received her Ph. D. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and her Masters and Bachelor degrees from The Pennsylvania State University, University Park. Dr. Ricks has been an invited speaker and facilitator in the areas of diversity, equity, and social justice as well as self-care and wellness.


Dr. Ricks has published extensively on issues of social justice and diversity, and is the author of “Psychological Tight Spaces: One Black Feminist Scholar’s Journey into Academia” and “Write Your Own Story” (an empowerment handbook for women. Her research interests include the psychosocial wellbeing of Black women (both inside and outside of the academy), epistemic injustice, and the impact of trauma on Black women and girls.


Listen to episode 13 HERE. The podcast is available on most major podcast platforms.


Contact Info for Dr. Ricks:


Facebook: Dr. Shawn Ricks


IG and twitter @drshawnricks


LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shawn-ricks-62356a51/


Website: www.drshawnricks.com


Email: info@drshawnricks.com


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