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Sherry Cummings

Dr. Sherry Cummings

Sherry Cummings, PhD

Associate Dean for Academics and Professor


  • BA, Villanova University
  • MSW, University of Maryland
  • PhD, University of Georgia

Research Interests:

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):

Courses Taught:

  • Clinical Social Work Practice With Individuals (SW 521)
  • Psychopathology (SW 524)
  • Clinical Social Work Practice With Groups (SW 525)
  • Social Gerontology (SW 566)

Research Projects, Funded Research, Grants and Awards:

HRSA, 2014-2017.  Training Integrated Professionals to Serve (TIPS). Principal Investigator, $881,972.

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”