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Dr. Sheri M. McConnell, MSW, RSW

Sheri M. McConnell

Field Education Coordinator (PhD, MSW & BSW),
Manager of Field Education
Coughlan College, CL-1036
(709) 864-8381 (w)
(709) 864-2408 (f)


Sheri is a Field Education Coordinator in the BSW and MSW programs, and the manager of Field Education. As well as developing and coordinating field internships and providing field instruction, she facilitates learning for new and experienced field instructors via the Field Instructors Course. Sheri also, from time to time, is a sessional instructor in social work practice courses. She is a member of the Graduate Studies committee, the Field committee, and the Equity & Diversity committee. Sheri 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 the 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, Sheri coordinates the school’s partnership in the VOCM Cares Coats for Kids project and is a program/research/evaluation consultant with the Canadian Red Cross. She is an adult mentor and a member of the coordinating committee of Camp Eclipse (NL’s first queer youth camp), serves on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood ‑ Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Health Centre, and is a steering committee member of the Quadrangle LGBTQ Community Centre. Always willing to talk about LGBTQ health and social issues, Sheri 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.

Click here to see Sheri's public lecture Flying in the Face of Moral Outrage: Human Rights & Social Justice for Lesbian, Gay, & Bisexual Persons

Prior to moving to Newfoundland and Labrador, Sheri 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, Sheri was the Coordinator of MSW Field and Student Services as well as Continuing Education, at the School of Social Work.

Sheri 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, violence and abuse prevention, queer studies, field education, social work education, and program evaluation. Sheri has presented at a variety of local, national, and international conferences and has authored program manuals and evaluation reports as well as 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.