Kari L. Sherwood, MS, MEd, MSW, LLMSW, is a Joint PhD student in Social Work and Developmental Psychology. 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. She was awarded a 2019-2020 MI-LEND fellowship and was named a 2020-2021 W.K. Kellogg Fellow in Children and Families.
Kari joined the LEVEL-UP lab in the UM School of Social Work in 2018. She assisted with the adaptation and evaluation of Virtual Interview Training for Transition-Age Youth (VIT-TAY), an intervention to help individuals with Autism practice job interview skills. Kari is currently assisting with the development of a new intervention, SOCIAL-Work, aimed at helping individuals with Autism sustain employment through practicing social skills in a virtual workplace. She is interested in developing and evaluating technology-based interventions focused on social functioning 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.
|email@example.com||B660 SSWB||University of Michigan|
School of Social Work
1080 S. University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
|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., Jordan, N., Sherwood, K., McRobert, E., Ross, B., Oulvey, E. A., & Atkins, M. S. (2021). Virtual reality job interview training in transition services: Results of a single-arm non-controlled effectiveness-implementation hybrid trial. Journal of Special Education Technology, 36(1), 3-17.
Smith, M. J., Sherwood, K., Ross, B., Smith, J. D., DaWalt, L., Bishop, L., Humm, L., Elkins, J., & Steacy, C. (2021). Virtual interview training for autistic transition age youth: A randomized controlled feasibility and effectiveness trial. Autism.
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, 101498.
University of Michigan
School of Social Work
1080 South University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106