Ph.D. in Practical Theology, Concentration: Pastoral Theology
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Rev. Dr. Michelle A. Walsh is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister who completed her Ph.D. in practical theology with a concentration in pastoral theology and psychology at Boston University. She also holds a master of divinity and a master in social work from Boston University and is a licensed independent clinical social worker. Rev. Walsh has worked for over 25 years in lay and professional urban ministry and social work and has directed two major mental health clinics. She currently is a Lecturer at the BU School of Social Work and has a private consulting practice for activists.
Rev. Walsh has published a book from her dissertation study of two trauma response ministries entitled Violent Trauma, Culture, and Power: An Interdisciplinary Study of Lived Religion. From these same studies, she also has a published chapter in Post-Traumatic Public Theology and one forthcoming in Lived Religion and Trauma. Her research interests are in the pastoral and public dimensions of trauma, theology, and lived religion, particularly in the urban context. She has done pilot studies on African-American youth rituals in the aftermath of violence and loss.
Areas of Interest: Public and Pastoral Theology, Spirituality and Social Work, Trauma and Psychology, Cultural Oppressions and Liberation Social Justice Movements, Interdisciplinary Studies, Lived Religion and Ethnographic Methods, Ethics and Pedagogy within Higher Education