Dr. Sheri M. McConnell

Dr. Sheri McConnell

Field Education Coordinator (PhD, MSW & BSW)
Manager of Field Education

Coughlan College, CL-1036

Tel: (709) 864-8381
Fax: (709) 864-2408

Dr. Sheri McConnell is a Field Education Coordinator in the BSW and MSW programs, and the manager of Field Education for the School of Social Work. As well as developing and coordinating field internships and providing field instruction and field liaison, she facilitates learning for new and experienced field instructors via the Field Instructors Course. Dr. McConnell also teaches social work practice and theory courses. She is a member of the MSW program committee, the Field committee, and the Equity & Diversity committee. Dr. McConnell has co-chaired the Field Education Committee of the Canadian Association for Social Work Education – l'Association canadienne pour la formation en travail social (CASWE-ACFTS) since 2012, has been a member of their Board of Directors since 2012, and has served as vice-president of CASWE-ACFTS since 2014.

An active volunteer in a variety of community-based activities, Dr. McConnell is a consultant with the Canadian Red Cross and has been passionately involved in Camp Eclipse (NL’s first queer youth camp) since its inception in 2009. Always willing to talk about LGBTQ+ health and social issues, Dr. McConnell has presented on a variety of queer topics in numerous forums, including social work courses, personal and professional development workshops, and local, national, and international conferences.

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Prior to moving to NL in 2001, Dr. McConnell lived in Regina, Ottawa and Saskatoon, where she worked primarily with the LGBTQ+ community, women sexually abused as children, women in conflict with the law, and substance abuse/addictions. Following the completion of her MSW, she worked in St. John’s as a medical social worker and at the School of Social Work with the Hidden Hurt Project, a national research project exploring child abuse prevention and the disclosure of abuse. Prior to her transition to Field Education Coordinator in 2010, Dr. McConnell was the Coordinator of MSW Field and Student Services as well as Continuing Education.

Dr. McConnell has completed a PhD in social work (Memorial University, 2015), an MSW (Memorial University, 2002), a BSW (University of Regina, 1998), a Certificate in Continuing Education: Alcohol & Chemical Dependency Studies (University of Regina, 1992), and a BA in Sociology (Carleton University, 1989). Her research interests include child sexual abuse, disclosing abuse and how abuse ends, violence and abuse prevention, queer studies, field education, social work education, and program evaluation. Dr. McConnell has presented at a variety of local, national, and international conferences and has authored numerous program manuals and evaluation reports as well as book chapters and peer reviewed, scholarly, and other articles.

Selected Publications:

  • Swan, T. A. and McConnell, S. M. (2015). Transformative engagement in LGBTQ student/field instructor relationships. In B. J. O'Neill, T. A. Swan, and N. J. Mulé (Eds), LGBTQ People and Social Work: Intersectional Perpsectives. Toronto, ON: Canadian Scholars Press.
  • McConnell, S. M. (2014). What happens after children tell? A qualitative analysis of narratives of women who as children disclosed intra-familial sexual abuse (Doctoral dissertation). Memorial University, St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
  • Ungar, M., Barter, K., McConnell, S. M., Tutty, L. M. & Fairholm, J. (2009). Patterns of disclosure among youth. Qualitative Social Work, 8(3), 341-356.
  • Ungar, M., Tutty, L. M., McConnell, S. M., Barter, K., & Fairholm, J. (2009). What Canadian youth tell us about disclosing abuse. Child Abuse and Neglect, 33(10), 699-708.


School of Social Work

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000