Kimberly Blackshear is the assistant director of programs for Family Connects International, a program housed within the Center for Child and Family Policy. In this role, Blackshear works on a number of grants supporting the creation of web-based platforms to support the dissemination of Family Connects, an evidence-based universal nurse home visiting program for mothers and infants.
Previously, she served as a network liaison and affiliate program coordinator for the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, a bi-coastal SAMHSA grant at Duke University and the University of California Los Angeles for eight years. Blackshear served as the clinical advisor and quality improvement coordinator for a day treatment facility, serving children suspended long-term or expelled from the public school system. She has also been a probation officer, child protective specialist and director of a community mental health agency.
For the last 12 years, Blackshear has served as a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem in the state of North Carolina representing the best interests of children in the child welfare system. In addition to her work in child-serving systems, Blackshear is the executive director of a forensic psychology practice in Durham, N.C., where she also serves as a mitigation specialist on capital murder cases across the state. In this role, she works with defense teams to collect information and medical records and conduct interviews to help tell the life story of the accused to ensure the jury understands the role of mitigating factors leading up to the crime.Blackshear obtained her B.S. from Urbana University in 2004 majoring in psychology, sociology and criminal justice. She is currently a MSW candidate, with a clinical focus, at Fordham University with an expected graduation date of May 2020.