Sherry M. Cummings, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Nashville Campus
Clinical Social Work Practice With Individuals (SW 521)
Psychopathology (SW 524)
Clinical Social Work Practice With Groups (SW 525)
Social Gerontology (SW 566)
Aging and mental health; substance abuse and older adults; caregiver issues; gerontological social work education.
Fellow Gerontological Society of America, 2008
Past-President, The Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGESW): http://www.agesw.org/
Cummings, S., Chaffin, K., and Cockerham, C. (in press). Comparative Analysis of an Online and a Traditional MSW Program: Educational Outcomes. Journal of Social Work Education.
Choi, S., Davis, C & Cummings, S., Van Regenmorter, C., Barnett, M. (In Press). Understanding Service Needs, Service Utilization among Older Kurdish Refugees and Immigrants in the United States. International Social Work.
Cummings, S. M., Foels, L. & Chaffin, K. (2013). Comparative Analysis of Distance Education and Classroom-Based Formats for a Clinical Social Work Groups Course. Social Work Education, 32, 68-80.
Kilbourne, B & Cummings, S. M. (2012). Alcohol Diagnoses among Older Tennessee Medicare Beneficiaries: Race and Gender Differentials. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.27:483-90.
Cummings, S. M, Sull, L., Davis, C & Worley, N. (2011). Correlates of Depression among Older Kurdish Refugees. Social Work, 56, 159-169.
Cummings, S. M. & Kropf, N. P. (2011). Aging with a Severe Mental Illness: Challenges and Treatments. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 54, 175-188.
Cummings, S. M. & Kropf, N. P. (2009). Formal and Informal Support for Older Adults with Severe Mental Illness. Aging & Mental Health, 13, 619 - 627.
Kilbourne, B. & Cummings, S. M. (2009). The Influence of Religiosity on the Diabetes-Depression Connection among a Low Income Population. Health & Social Work, 34, 137-148.
Cummings, S. M., Cooper, R. L. & Cassie, K. M. (2009). Motivational Interviewing to Affect Behavioral Change in Older Adults. Journal of Research on Social Work Practice, 19, 195-204
Cummings, S. (2009). Treating Older Persons with Severe Mental Illness in the Community: Impact of an Interdisciplinary Geriatric Mental Health Team. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 52, 17-31.
Cummings, S. & Cassie McClure, K. (2008). Perceptions of Biopsychosocial Needs among Older Adults with Severe Mental Illness: Met and Unmet Needs. Health & Social Work, 33, 133-143.
Cummings, S. M., Bride, B., Cassie, K. M & Rawlins-Shaw, A. (2008). Evidence Based Psychosocial Interventions for Older Adults with Substance Abuse Disorders. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 50, 215-244.
Cummings, S. & MacNeil, G. (2008). Caregivers of Older Clients with Severe Mental Illness:
Perceptions of Burdens and Rewards. Families in Society, 89, 51-60.
Cummings, S. M. & Adler, G. (2007). Predictors of social workers' employment in gerontological work: A study in two states. Journal of Educational Gerontology, 33, 925-938.
Cummings, S. M., Cassie, K. M., Galambos, C., & Wilson, E. (2006). Impact of an Infusion Model
On Students Aging Knowledge, Attitudes, and Interests. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 173-186.
Cummings, S. M., Bride, B. & Rawlins, A. (2006). Alcohol abuse among older adults: A review of
recent empirical research. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work Practice, 3, 79-99.
Cummings, S. M., Adler, G., & DeCoster, V. A. (2005). Factors influencing graduate social work students’ interest in working with elders. Journal of Educational Gerontology, 31, 643-655.
Research Projects, Funded Research, Grants and Awards:
Baptist Healing Trust Transom Grant, 2011-2013, The Older Adult Healthy Living Program (HeLP), Co-Principle Investigator, $108,540
Professional Development Award, University of Tennessee, 2010, Prevalence and Nature of Substance Abuse among Low-Income Older Adults, $4,750
SAMHSA, 2004-2007 - $1,500,000, “Older Adults Treatment Services”. Consultant
Center for Mental Health and Aging, University of Alabama, 2003-2004 - “Caregivers of Older clients with Severe Mental Illness”.
Faculty Development Award, 2004 -“Service Needs and Perceptions of Service Adequacy Among Older Persons with Severe Mental Illness”. University of Tennessee.
John A. Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar, 2001-2003. To support growth in development as a researcher, leader, and educator in gerontology and to support the study “Efficacy of a Geriatric Inter-Disciplinary Mental Health Team in the Community Mental Health Center Setting”. Principal Investigator
John A. Hartford Geriatric Enrichment in Social Work Education Grant, 2002-2004- grant to develop and disseminate aging-related curriculum materials for use in undergraduate and graduate social work education. Principal Investigator
Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability grant, 2001 - “Administrators of Assisted Living Facilities/Homes for the Aged Perceptions”
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M.S.W., University of Maryland
Ph.D., University of Georgia
Personal site: http://web.utk.edu/~scumming/