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Kari Sherwood

PhD Student. Social Work/Psychology - Developmental

Kari Sherwood

Kari L. Sherwood, MS, MEd, MSW, LLMSW, is a Joint PhD student in Social Work and Developmental Psychology and a MI-LEND Fellow. She holds a BS in Human Development and Family Science, MS in Educational Leadership Studies, MEd in Special Education-Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), and MSW in Social Policy and Evaluation. Kari also has ten years experience as an Instructional Designer of e-learning in the corporate world and is the Co-Founder of Pathway Inclusion Center, Inc. a 501(c)(3) in Port Clinton, Ohio. She is currently working with Dr. Matthew Smith using a virtual reality job interview training intervention to help individuals with Autism gain and sustain employment. She is interested in developing and evaluating technology-based interventions focused on social cognition for individuals with Autism and other developmental and psychiatric disabilities to improve employment outcomes, including employer-targeted interventions to reduce unconscious bias in the workplace. Kari uses mixed methods and implementation science in her research. Her faculty advisors are Dr. Matthew Smith and Dr. Henry Wellman.


Year Degree   School
2019 MSW University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2016 MEd Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
2011 MS Oklahoma State University
2006 BS Oklahoma State University


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Smith, M. J., Sherwood, K., Blajeski, S., Ross, B., Smith, J. D., Jordan, N., Dawalt, L., Bishop, L., & Atkins, M. S. (in press). Job interview and vocational outcomes among transition-age youth receiving special education pre-employment transition services. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Smith, M. J., Smith, J. D., Sherwood, K., Ross, B., McRobert, E., Jordan, N., & Atkins, M. (in press). Virtual reality job interview training in transition services: Results of a single-arm non-controlled effectiveness-implementation hybrid trial. Journal of Special Education Technology.

Smith, M. J., Pinto, R. M., Dawalt, L., Smith, J. D., Sherwood, K., Miles, R., Taylor, J., Hume, K., Dawkins, T., Baker-Ericzén, M., Frazier, T., Humm, L. & Steacy, C. (2020). Using community-engaged methods to adapt virtual reality job-interview training for transition-age youth on the autism spectrum. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 71.

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