Shaquinta L. L. Richardson, MMFT

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

Ph.D. Candidate (MFT)

Address:
040 River’s Crossing
850 College Station Rd.
Athens, GA 30602

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workOffice Phone: 706-542-4824

Curriculum Vitae

Current Classes

EDU 680: MFT Practicum, Converse College (Fall 2017)

Education

Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
M.M.F.T. Marriage & Family Therapy Converse College 2013
B.S. Marketing Claflin University 2009

Research

My research focuses on families of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the intersections of race and gender.  My work centers the experiences of people with disabilities and the marginalization and oppression within society. I examine the various relationships within a family and the processes that shape individual and family development while also acknowledging the marginalization of intersecting identities.  

Current Research

I am currently working on two research studies relating to sibling relationships when one member of the sibling dyad has an intellectual or developmental disability.  My first study is an exploration of Black adult siblings of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their perceptions of themselves as siblings and their experiences with race.  The second, my dissertation, is a multicase analysis exploring the individual, family, and cultural experiences relating the gender, race, and dis/ability in Black women's sibling relationships.  

Previously, I have explored the association between the sibling relationship and maternal stress, as well as how race/culture intersects with the presence of a disability within those relationships.

Teaching

I enjoy teaching courses in human development, disability studies, family relationships, and adolescent development.  I have taught several guest lectures in areas of disability studies and youth and adolescent development. I was instructor of record for IHDD 4050: Critical Issues in Disability at the University of Georgia and adjunct faculty teaching EDU 642: Diagnostics of Mental Disorders in Interpersonal Systems at Converse College. 

Areas of Expertise

Marriage & Family Therapy, Contextual Family Therapy, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Disability Studies

Awards

Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Eleonora M. Costa Graduate Scholarship College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2014-2015
Gwendolyn Brooks O’Connell Scholarship College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2014-2015
Frances Degen Horowitz Millennium Scholar Society for Research in Child Development 2015-2017
Christus Powell Minority Fellowship Georgia Association for Marriage & Family Therapy 2015-2016
Anne and Earl Haltiwanger Scholarship College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2016-2017
Karen R. Davis Graduate Scholarship College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2015-2016
Virginia Wilbanks Kilgore Scholarship College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2015-2016
Graduate School Travel Award University of Georgia Graduate School 2016
Families Special Interest Research Group Travel Award International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 2016
Diversity Fellow Advanced Doctoral Mentor Association for University Centers on Disability 2016-2017
Student Organization Travel Award Graduate and Professional Scholars 2016
Diversity Scholarship American Family Therapy Academy 2017
Sibling Leadership Network Conference Scholarship Sibling Leadership Network 2017
Elizabeth T. Sheerer Graduate Scholarship College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2017-2018

Journal Articles

Richardson, S. L. L. & Jordan, L. S. (2017). Qualitative inquiry of sibling relationships: Reinforcement of disability devaluation through the exclusion of voices. Disability and Society.

Service

Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
HDFS Graduate Student Organization Vice-President 2014-2015 Student Leadership
Graduate and Professional Scholars (GAPS) Support Group Chair, Issues and Concerns Committee Co-chair 2013-Present Student Leadership
American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy Member 2013-Present Volunteer
Association of University Centers on Disability Trainee 2013-Present Training, Mentoring

Publications

Richardson, S. L. L. & Jordan, L. S. (2017). Qualitative inquiry of sibling relationships: Reinforcement of disability devaluation through the exclusion of voices. Disability and Society.

Working Papers

Richardson, S. L. L. & Stoneman, Z. (Manuscript in Preparation). It takes a sister: Sisterhood and Black womanhood in families of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.                      

Richardson, S. L. L., Seponski, D., & Anderson, L. (Manuscript in Preparation). Contextual family therapy and social justice through an intersectionality framework.

Richardson, S. L. L., Muruthi, B. A., Jordan, L. S., & Somo, C.  (Manuscript in Preparation). Sociopolitical strategy and identity in disabled Black South Africans.

Advisory Committee

Dr. Zolinda Stoneman (Major Professor)

Dr. Jori Hall

Dr. Jerry Gale

Dr. Chalandra Bryant

Job Description

Clinical Fellow, Emerge Family Therapy: Provide individual, couples, and family therapy in a community clinical setting, conduct clinical research to inform clinical practice for fellows within the clinic, develop and conduct workshops relating to specialty area of families of people with disabilities, communicate and collaborate with community partners, and mentor master’s level clinicians.

Graduate Research Assistant, Institute on Human Development and Disability: Conduct research relating to disability studies and families of people with disabilities across the lifespan, including recruitment, analysis, writing, and collaborating with advisor and colleagues.  I also serve as the advanced doctoral mentor to the institute's diversity fellow involving the creation of a culturally competent curriculum for inclusive post-secondary education program mentors.  

In addition to my research, I am also a practicing marriage and family therapist at the Emerge Family Therapy center.  I am in the process of developing a clinical program serving families of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in group, family, and individaul counseling.  In addition to this endeavor, I see clients with a wide array of emotional, mental, and relational challenges,, providing a broad clinical experience.  Prior to this position, I served four years in the Aspire Clinic at the University of Georgia.  My clinical work has focused on culturally sensitive and responsive practices, challenging notions of ability in family therapy, and strengthening my practice of Intersectionality Informed Contextual Family Therapy.