|Present||Chair, Department of Social Work, Cedarville University|
|Present||Professor of Social Work, Cedarville University ‐ Department of Social Work|
Professional Service and Affiliations
|2016 - Present||Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment||2013 - 2016||Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Adolescent and Family Health|
Honors and Awards
- Alumni of the Year, University of North Carolina Greensboro - 2012
- Young Scholar Award, University of Hong Kong, Joint World Conference for Social Work and Social Development - 2010
- Outstanding Research Assistant Award, Social Work Department at University of North Carolina Greensboro - 1997
- Highest Grade Point Average Award. School of Human Environmental Sciences, University of North Carolina Greensboro - 1997
- Stern Ruskin Award for Outstanding Work in Gerontology, School of Human Environmental Sciences, University of North Carolina Greensboro - 1997
- Stern Ruskin Award for Outstanding Work in Gerontology, School of Human Environmental Sciences, University of North Carolina Greensboro - 1996
- Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations (SWK 4020)
- Social Work Research Methods (SWK 4620)
- Social Work Practice with Multicultural Groups (SWK 3020)
- Statistics for Social Workers (SWK 4610)
|2003||Ph.D., University of South Carolina ‐ College of Social Work|
|1998||M.S.W., University of South Carolina|
|1997||B.S. in Social Wiork, University of North Carolina|
Department of Social Work
Social Work and Volunteerism: Exploring Factors That Influence Volunteer Commitment Faculty Dissertations (2003)
This study was the first in a series of studies leading to the eventual testing and development of a multidimensional model of understanding volunteerism. The purpose of the present study was to explore factors that ...
Introduction to Competence-Based Social Work: The Profession of Caring, Knowing, and Serving Faculty Books (2014)
Social work is rooted in the values of service, social justice, and strong interpersonal relationships. But as the profession evolves, so must the approach to education. Michael Sherr and Johnny Jones have created the first ...
Book Chapters (6)
Refereed Publications (41)
Bayesian Analysis and Design for Joint Modeling of Two Binary Responses With Misclassification Sociological Methods and Research (2017)
Survey data are often subject to various types of errors such as misclassification. In this article, we consider a model where interest is simultaneously in two correlated response variables and one is potentially subject to ...
The Characteristics of Effective Cancer Education Media Interventions among African Americans: A Systematic Review Journal of Evidenced-Informed Social Work (2015)
Cancer incidence and mortality is a significant area of health disparity between African Americans and Caucasians. In the current article the authors used a systematic review design to examine the characteristics of different cancer media ...
Making Human Behavior Theory Real Through the Unreal: Fiction in the HBSE Classroom Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment (2015)
This article examines the use of fictional literature as a method for helping students apply human behavior theory in competent practice. When students and educators read a poem, short essay, or novel, it allows them ...
Using Young Adult Literature to Enhance Empathy Skills: Preliminary Findings in BSW Education Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work (2015)
This article explores the use of young adult literature as a pedagogical tool for enhancing empathy skills for competent practice in BSW education. Students from two sections of an introductory social work course participated in ...
The Role of Relationships in Connecting Social Work Research and Evidence-Based Practice Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work (2014)
Critics of evidence-based practice (EBP) often challenge the efficacy of applying social work research in practice. Such skepticism underscores the historic chasm that still exists between social work researchers and practitioners. If taught and implemented ...
A Randomized Effectiveness Trial of a Sex Education Program for Minority Youth in Miami, Florida Journal of Evidence-Based Social Wor (2013)
Through this study the authors assessed the outcomes of a randomized effectiveness trial of Project U-Turn, a comprehensive sex education program for at-risk youth in Miami, Florida. Data collection occurred at pretest, three month, and ...
Oh How I Try to Use Evidence in My Social Work Practice: Efforts, Successes, Frustrations, and Questions Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work (2013)
Convinced by the literature that they could do better for their clients, in this article the authors describe their efforts to transform a categorically-funded program model at one agency from relying on authority and good ...
Faith-Outcomes for Older Adult Volunteers in Religious Congregations Social Work & Christianity (2013)
A research study surveyed 539 older volunteers from congregations who were actively involved in community service, as well as 430 older congregational attenders who were not involved in volunteer service, to understand the relationship between ...
Exploring the Importance of Interpersonal Relationships in Social Work Research: Reclaiming the Kardia of Research in Social Wor Social Work and Christianity (2012)
This article presents our view of the role of interpersonal relationships in the research process and its primacy as a Biblical mandate for scholars who are Christians. We posit that developing meaningful relationships with stakeholders ...
The Influence of Family Structure on Sexual Activity in a Randomized Effectiveness Trial for Minority Youth Journal of Family Social Work (2012)
This study examined the influence of family structure on the outcomes of a sex education program in Miami, Florida. Using an experimental design, data collection occurred at pretest, 3-month, and 6-month follow-up with a sample ...
Bayesian Analysis for Evidence-based Practice in Social Work Social Work Research (2011)
The article discusses the use of Bayesian analysis as a statistical paradigm conducive to addressing the challenges of evidence-based practice (EBP) in social work research and practice. The author suggests that, unlike classical statistical analysis, ...
Evaluating a Comprehensive Abstinence-Based Program for Minority Youth: Comparing Church and Public School Outcomes Social Work and Christianity (2010)
This article compares initial outcomes of a 9-hour federally funded comprehensive abstinence-based program delivered to minority youth at churches and public schools in Miami, Florida. Using a nonequivalent control group design, repeated measures MANOVA compared ...