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Sherry Cummings, PhD

Associate Dean for Academics and Professor


Selected Publications:

Cummings, S. M. McClernon, K. C (2015). Comparative Analysis of an Online and a Traditional MSW Program: Educational Outcomes. Social Work Education, 51,109-120.

Cummings, S. M. & Kropf, N.P.  (2015). Predictors of Depression Among Caregivers of Older Adults with Severe Mental Illness. Journal of Gerontological Social WorkJournal of Gerontological Social Work 58, 253-271.

Cummings, S. M.,. Cooper, R. L. & Trecartin, S. (2014). Correlates of depression and anxiety among older publish housing residents. EWHA Journal of Social Sciences, December, 79-106.

Nugent, W. R & Cummings, S. M. (2014). A validity and measurement equivalency study of the Ultra-Short Suicide Ideation Scale with Older Adults.  Journal of the Society for Social Work & Research, 3, 439-460.

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.  (2013). Understanding Service Needs, Service Utilization among Older Kurdish Refugees and Immigrants in the United States. International Social Work, DOI: 10.1177/0020872812471694.

Cummings, S. M., R. L. Cooper & Johnson, C. (2013). Alcohol Misuse Among Older Adult Public Housing Residents.  Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 56: 407-422.

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.


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