Michelle Sermon

Michelle Sermon CVMichelle C. Sermon, MS, MSW, LGSW
msermon@ssw.umaryland.edu  

Previous Education 
MSW (Clinical Concentration), George Mason University 
MS, Human Genetics, (Genetic Counseling specialization)
Howard University   BS, Biology (Molecular concentration), University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Research Interests
Psychosocial and emotional effects of race-based trauma in the African diaspora, especially, African Americans living in rural southern communities; trauma and holistic healing for African American adults; anti-oppressive social work practices; indigenous healing strategies; genetic predispositions in behavioral health; epigenetics; biopsychosocial effects of prolonged trauma exposure on people of color; the compounded experiences of cultural, historical, intergenerational and complex trauma among African American adults using oral history methodology.  

Michelle is a third year doctoral student and an experienced social worker, treating adults with trauma, severe mental illness, and co-occurring conditions, in community-based inpatient and outpatient mental health facilities and corrections settings. A skilled facilitator, Michelle also conducts trainings for social workers and staff working with justice involved adults. She is committed to changing the treatment narrative and improving social work practice with African Americans through her research. Michelle is happily married to her best friend and confidant, Richard and mom to four very talented and busy children; Laila, Rayna, Clayton and Moriah.