Clayton T. Shorkey, Ph.D., LCSW

Clayton T. Shorkey, Ph.D., LCSW

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

Clayton Shorkey, Ph.D., is a senior professor at the Steve Hicks 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 a small number of 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 Adult Rehabilitation Center and Travis County Adult Probation.

Shorkey is the director of the Social Work Component of the (CSAT) South Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center and as such, he presents five substance use treatment training events each year on current issues in treatment of substance abuse disorders for alcohol/drug professionals in Central Texas.

Shorkey served on the school’s NIDA project and chaired its Community/Consumer Advisory Committee, and is the Principal Investigator on projects related to spirituality and faith-based chemical dependence treatment.

Shorkey’s community activity has included faith-based treatment programs such as the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center, Ministry of Challenge, REMAR and Victory Ministries. He has served on Boards of other non-profit organizations, including the Carver Museum of Black History and Culture and the Texas Music Museum. He is currently the President of the Texas Music Museum which provides diverse exhibits and programs to the public on the history and culture of Texas music with special emphasis on music of minority and other under recognized musicians.

Shorkey is the director of the Social Work Learning Resource Center (LRC), which he founded in 1974. The LRC has a staff of 8 – 10 undergraduate assistants who provide educational resources to students and faculty. The LRC has an extensive journal collection, reserved readings, audio-visual resource collection, two small and one large video studios, a study area, computer lab and laptop computers for student check out.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Interests

Generalist practice in social work, mental health and substance use disorders treatment, spirituality and faith-based alcohol/drug abuse 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



Social Work Building (SSW)


Mailing Address

The University of Texas at Austin
Steve Hicks School of Social Work
1925 San Jacinto Blvd 1.218G
STOP D3500
Austin, TX 78712-0358