Shakira Kennedy, Ph.D., LMSW

Coordinator, At-Risk Populations Research and Grant Initiatives

Assistant Professor

Graduate School of Social Work

Shakira Kennedy


Shakira A. Kennedy, got her B.A. from Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus, her M.S.W. from Clark Atlanta University, and her Ph.D. from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville. 

Dr. Kennedy has over 13 years of practice experience working with children, families, and single adults diagnosed with mental illness and or HIV/AIDS along with extensive management experience. Her research focuses on addressing the needs of vulnerable populations and examining organizational culture and climate within various work settings. Dr. Kennedy joined the faculty at Touro College Graduate School of Social Work in 2016 after serving as an adjunct professor for the college for seven years. Dr. Kennedy continues her connection to the community by being an active member of Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus and an active journal reviewer for SAGE Open publications and a consulting editor for the journal Children & Schools.