The Catholic University of America


Michael J. Sheridan, Ph.D., M.S.W.
Associate Professor and Director, Center for Spirituality and Social Work


202 319 6549


Biographical Information:

Dr. Michael Sheridan received her M.S.W. and Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work. Her practice experience includes direct practice, administration, and program development in health, mental health, juvenile and adult criminal justice, and family service settings. She has been a social work educator for 24 years, teaching at Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Northern Iowa prior to coming to NCSSS at Catholic University, where she currently teaches courses on diversity and social justice, international social development, research methods, transpersonal theory and spirituality, and conflict resolution and peacebuilding. Her scholarship includes both empirical and theoretical writings in the areas of spirituality and social work practice and education, family caregiving, substance abuse, child abuse/neglect and other trauma, the needs and experiences of incarcerated persons, homelessness and mental illness, and research methodology. In addition, Dr. Sheridan has developed several survey instruments and measurement tools in the area of spirituality, which have been used by a number of researchers both nationally and internationally. Her professional service includes involvement with the Council on Social Work Education, the National Association of Social Workers, the Society for Spirituality and Social Work, the National Institutes of Health, various community organizations, and editorial service for 18 different scholarly journals and publishers.