Martha Sheridan

Professor/MSW Program Director
Social Work

Martha Sheridan

Phone Numbers

202-250-2016 (VP)



Hall Memorial Building S334C

Secondary Location

Working Remotely March 23 - May 4, 2020

Office Hours

Virtual Office Hours Spring 2020: Tuesday 12:00 - 2:00; Wednesday 1:00 - 4:00, Thursday 3:30 - 4:30 Please email me for an appointment.


  •  Doctor of Philosophy: The Ohio State University, College of Social Work, 1996.

            Dissertation: Emerging Themes in the Study of Deaf Children.

  •  MSW:  Clinical Social Work, University of Maryland, 1981
  •  BA: Psychology/Social Work, Gallaudet University, 1977


A social work practitioner since 1977 and educator since 1988, Dr. Sheridan joined the graduate faculty at Gallaudet in 1997 bringing extensive clinical experience in mental health, school social work, and private practice.  Her administrative experience includes clinical supervision, as well as program development, management, evaluation, and consultation. Throughout her career she successfully wrote and obtained numerous grants and contracts for clinical services, prevention education, program development, and social work education for deaf and hard of hearing people.

Dr. Sheridan’s research has focused on the developmental experiences of deaf and hard of hearing people across the lifecycle. She is the author of Inner lives of deaf children: Interviews and analysis (2001), and Deaf adolescents: Inner lives and lifeworld development (2008). Other publications cover social work assessment and practice with deaf and hard of hearing people, deaf women, deaf parenting with hearing children and adolescents, deaf adolescents with Usher syndrome, suicide prevention, and existential transcendence among deaf and hard-of-hearing people. She has lectured extensively on these topics and others such as family issues, spirituality in social work practice, aging, domestic violence, deaf women, health and mental health services.

Dr. Sheridan served as a councilor on the Council on Social Work Education’s Council on Disability and People with Disabilities for two terms, and on the Council on Practice Methods and Specializations. She teaches Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Social Work Practice, and Field Practicum in the MSW Program.

Dr. Sheridan is the recipient of the 2014 School of Education, Business, and Human Services Faculty Distinguished Career in Scholarship Award, the 2006 Special Contributions to Mental Health and Deafness Award, Breakout! National Conference on Mental Health & Deafness and numerous other awards for her service to the Deaf community.




800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002