After earning her MA at the UO in Folklore (with a focus on oral history), Mickey decided to pursue a doctorate in media studies as a way of combining oral history, liberation pedagogy, and digital tools into the emerging field of Digital Storytelling. Mickey is a freelance photographer, trained facilitator with the Center for Digital Storytelling, and works at the Trauma Healing Project, incorporating digital storytelling into healing processes with trauma survivors. Her dissertation, Tales of Healing: A Narrative Analysis of the Digital Storytelling Workshop Experience, is an oral history-based study that looks at personal feelings of self-efficacy and their intersection with social justice. She also works for various departments on campus as a portrait and event photographer. Mickey produced the multimedia project "Hiring Faculty for the Future" for the Center on Diversity and Community, as well as the campus-diversity photography project "Many Faces Many Voices: One Oregon. In the past, she worked for Mother Earth News, Ms., and American Health magazines as an editor, photo editor and researcher, and proofreader.