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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. 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.


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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