Dr. Welker Mitchell has had a lengthy and distinguished career in human services and substance abuse treatment. He joined FIU in 1989 and was soon elevated to the position of the Director of the Professional Development Centre (PDC) in 1992. Dr. Mitchell served in that position until 1998. In 1995, he completed the Ph.D. in Social Welfare with a concentration on working with substance abuse families. In 1998, he was chosen to serve as the Assistant Dean of the College of Health and Urban Affairs and served in that capacity through the college's move from the Biscayne Bay campus to the Modesto Madique campus. He was then selected to serve as the Associate Director of the School of Social Work and served in that capacity until his retirement in 2005. He recently returned to the School of Social Work as a full-time Visiting Instructor and now has the title of Clinical Instructor. Dr. Mitchell has taught classes of undergraduate and graduate students including: Human Diversity in the Social Environment I; Psychopathology; Social Welfare Policy; Human Diversity; Addiction Treatment; Introduction to Social Work; Interviewing Skills; and Theory and Practice with Groups.
Research Areas - Substance use and sexual risk behavior prevention/intervention among youth, with an emphasis on underrepresented at-risk minority youth (e.g., Hispanic/Latino, Native American)