Nikkia Matthews

Nikkia Matthews

Part-time Faculty

Nikkia Matthews


Nikkia Matthews is a micro-licensed social worker with over 12 years’ experience in the social service arena in the metropolitan Detroit area. She has worked in private practice, community mental health, and government funded education programs and in inpatient mental health. Aside from teaching at Wayne State, Matthews is the Founder & CEO of Purposeful YOUth Detroit, a mentoring organization for girls focused on building self-esteem, confidence and leadership skills.
Having a passion for working with youth and women, Matthews has found her skills flourish in the group setting and on the macro development level. She enjoys energizing her students to become activists on topics that matter most to them, advocating for self and being change agents within the field of social work.

Degrees and Certifications

  • MSW, Concentration Family Systems, from Wayne State University
  • BS in Human Development, Howard University
  • Licensed Master of Social Work, State of Michigan

Teaching Interests

  • General Practice
  • Family and Group Therapy

Areas of Expertise

  •  Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Micro Level Therapy
  • Leadership
  • Macro Practice
  • Non-profit Administration
  • Curriculum Development
  • Social Action

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