Clay T. Shorkey, Ph.D.

Clay T. Shorkey, Ph.D.

Josleen and Frances Lockhart Memorial Professor for Direct Practice in Social Work and Director of Social Work Learning Resource Center

Dr. Shorkey is the senior clinical professor at the School of Social Work and joined the faculty in 1973. His basic teaching, practice and research include generalist practice in social work with emphasis on mental health and chemical dependence. He is one of five Albert Ellis Institute-Trained/Certified Rational Emotive Behavior therapists in Texas, and past Co-chair of Austin/Travis County Substance Abuse Planning Partnership. He provides consultation and program evaluation services to agencies and programs such as Austin Recovery, Salvation Army and Travis County Adult Probation.

Dr. Shorkey is the director of the Social Work Component of the (CSAT) Gulf coast Addiction Technology Transfer Center including presenting training events, website resources and an annual faculty development workshop for social work faculty teaching chemical dependency courses in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Dr. Shorkey is an active participant in the School’s NIDA project and chair of its Community/Consumer Advisory Committee, and Principal Investigator on projects related to spirituality and faith-based chemical dependence treatment.

Dr. Shorkey’s national web site for CD resources includes an indexed bibliography on all articles published related to social work and chemical dependence in the last 50 years, and comprehensive reference material related to CD treatment on diverse population groups, as well as resources related to major social and psychological approaches to chemical dependence treatment.

Dr. Shorkey’s community activity is centered around faith-based treatment programs such as the Salvation Army and the Texas Music Museum in Austin. He is the founder and President of the museum that provides exhibits and programs to the public on the history and culture of Texas music to the Texas scene.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Interests

Generalist practice in social work with emphasis on mental health and chemical dependence, spirituality and faith-based chemical dependence treatment and culturally competent/relevant services for underserved populations in chemical dependence programs.


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan
  • M.S.W., University of Michigan
  • B.A., University of Michigan

Teaching History

Faculty Research

Faculty Publications


Shorkey, C.T., & McRoy, R. (1984). Alcohol use and abuse among Black Americans. In E. Freeman (Ed.) Social work practice with clients with alcohol problems (pp. 202-213). New York: Charles C. Thomas Co.

Shorkey, C.T., McRoy, R. & Garcia, E. (1984). Alcohol use and abuse among Mexican Americans. In E. Freeman (Ed.) Social work practice with clients with alcohol problems (pp. 229-241). New York: Charles C. Thomas Co.

Shorkey, C.T., McRoy, R. & Aguilar, M. (1993). A cross-cultural treatment approach for families with young children. . In E. Freeman (Ed.), Substance abuse treatment: A family systems perspective (pp.23-47). Newbury Park: Sage.

Shorkey, C.T., (1994). Use of behavioral methods with individuals recovering from psychoactive substance dependence. In D. Granvold (Ed.), Cognitive and behavioral treatment: Methods and applications (pp. 135-148). Brooks/Cole, Pacific Grove.

Shorkey, C.T. (1999). Integrating cognitive behavioral techniques into psychodynamic treatment of chemically dependent clients. In N.R, Heller & T. B. Northcut (Eds.), Integrating cognitive techniques into psychodynamic social work practice (pp. 286-317). Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson


Shorkey, C.T., Diaz-Gonzales de Ferris, M., & Stafford L. (2000, November). Roles and relationships of professionals involved in work with client systems, with chemical dependence problem. Paper presented at the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA), Alexandria, VA.

Shorkey, C.T., Grant, D., & Neff, J. (2001, October). Social work and the faith-based initiative. Paper presented at the NASW/Texas State Conference, Austin, and TX.

Shorkey, C.T., Bain, B., & Canon, R. (2002, January). Adventure On-Line. Paper presented at the 17th Annual Teaching Conference for Experienced Faculty, UT Austin.

Shorkey, C.T., & Neff, J. (2002, October). Methods to study faith based substance abuse treatment. Paper presented at the Health Services Research Conference Among Hard to Reach Populations, Key Largo, FL.

Shorkey, C.T., & Neff, J. (2002, November). A preliminary focus group investigate/identify dimensions of spirituality in faith based substance abuse programs. Paper presented at the 30th Annual American Public Health Association Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Shorkey, C.T., Abdelkhalek, S., Dong, Y., & Hung, S.Y. (June 2003) Faith based chemical dependence treatment. A paper presented at the 8th Annual Conference, Society for Spirituality and Social Work, Austin, TX.

Shorkey, C.T., & Spence, R. (2003, October) Using concept mapping to identify program dimensions of faith-based substance abuse treatment programs. Paper presented at Substance Abuse Health Services Conference, Atlanta, Ga.


Social Work Building

Phone:(512) 471-0520
Fax:(512) 471-9600

Mailing Address

The University of Texas
School of Social Work
1925 San Jacinto Blvd D3500
Austin, TX 78712-0358