Tanya L. Sharpe, Associate Professor
Tanya L. Sharpe, PhD, MSW, is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work. Dr. Sharpe's research agenda is focused on coping with violent traumatic death. Specifically, she examines sociocultural factors that influences the coping strategies of African American family members of homicide victims for the purpose of developing culturally appropriate interventions that can best assist them in their management of grief and bereavement. Dr. Sharpe has developed, implemented and evaluated community-based programs for children and families coping with: interpersonal violence (e.g., homicide, suicide, intimate partner violence, human made and natural disasters). She is a recipient of the Governor of Maryland's Victim Assistance Award.
UM School of Social Work
525 West Redwood Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
MSW, University of Connecticut
PhD, Boston College
Research on African American Families of Homicide Victims
Mass Violence and Disaster Research
Suicide Prevention, Education and Research
Qualitative Research Methods
Community Organizing and Program Development
Society for Social Work and Research
Council on Social Work Education
Recipient: Sarah Haley Memorial Fund - Research award for trauma and family violence research
Fellow: CSWE/NIMH/SAMHSA- Minority Fellowship Program
Boyas, J.F., Kim, Y.J., Sharpe, T.L., Moore, D.J., Brooks, L., & Prince-Stehley, K. (in press). An Ecological Path Model of Use of Violence among African American Adolescents.
Richardson, J.B., Sharpe, T.L., St. Vil, C., Wagner, M., Cooper, C. (2016). Understanding risk factors for recurrent violent trauma among young African-American men. Journal of Surgical Research, 204(1), 261-266.
McGuffey, C.S., & Sharpe, T.L. (2015). Racial appraisal: An integrated cultural and structural response to African American experiences with violent trauma. Journal of Sociology and Social Work, 3(2), 55-61.
Sharpe, T.L. (2015). Understanding the sociocultural context of coping for African American family members of homicide victims: A conceptual model. Trauma, Violence & Abuse, 16(1), 48- 59.
Sharpe, T.L., Osteen, P., Jacobson, J., & Michalopoulos, L.M. (2014). Coping with grief responses among African American family members of homicide victims. Violence & Victims, 29 (2), 332-347.
Sharpe, T.L., Joe, S. & Taylor, K. (2012) Suicide &Homicide Bereavement among African Americans: Implications for Survivor Research and Practice. OMEGA, 66(2), 153-172.
Oravecz, L.M., Osteen, P., Sharpe, T.L., & Randolph, S.M. (2011). Assessing low-income African American preschoolers’ behavior problems in relationship to community violence, interpartner conflict, parenting, social support, and social skills. Child & Family Social Work, 16(3), 310-324.
Sharpe, T.L., & Boyas, J. (2011). We fall down: The African American experience of coping with the homicide of a loved one. Journal of Black Studies, 42(6), 855-873.
Boyas, J., & Sharpe, T.L. (2010). Racial and ethnic determinants of interracial and ethnic trust. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 20(5), 618-636.
Sharpe, T.L. (2008). Sources of support for African American family members of homicide victims. Journal of Ethnic &Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 17(2), 197-216.