Sheila M. McMahon, PhD

Sheila M. McMahon, PhD

Assistant Professor


PhD Rutgers School of Social Work, 2016
MSW Rutgers School of Social Work , 2003
Licensed Certified Social Worker (Massachusetts)
M.Div. Harvard University, 2002
B.A. Boston College, 1998

Areas of Interest

Relationships between student empowerment, sense of community, and the implicit curriculum: a multi-group analysis of race and ethnicity


Sheila M. McMahon, PhD, is currently an Assistant Professor at the Barry University School of Social Work in Miami, FL. Her research focuses on the impact of the campus environment on student outcomes in two areas: primary prevention of sexual assault on college campuses and strategies to improve the implicit curriculum in social work education, particularly for students of diverse backgrounds. In addition, her work explores the use of restorative justice practices in incidents involving sexual assault. Prior to beginning her professorship at Barry, she served as the inaugural Director for Sexual Assault Services and at Brandeis University and is a licensed social work practitioner in Massachusetts. She holds a Master of Divinity from Harvard University, an MSW and a PhD from the Rutgers University School of Social Work, where she was trained as a research assistant at the Center on Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC).

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