Dr. Yasoda Sharma Ph.D., MSW.

Yasoda Sharma

Associate Professor
Old Main 331 
Kutztown, PA 19530 
Phone: 484-646-4328
Fax: 610-683-4383
sharma@kutztown.edu

Biographical Statement:

Dr. Sharma earned her Ph.D in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX. She did her schoolings from Sikkim which is a small state sandwiched between Tibet and Nepal in the north eastern states of India. She has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Social Work with a specialization in Psychiatry and Social Medicine from India. Dr. Sharma has worked in various national and international organizations in various parts of India and Nepal. She has also taught the courses on geriatric psychology and community medicine to the undergraduate medical and nursing students in various universities in India and Nepal. Dr. Sharma is very passionate about education and research. Dr. Sharma has taught both in-class and online social work courses at the University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX. She has mentored undergraduate students as part of I-Engage Mentoring program to foster research interests among them. Dr. Sharma has presented papers various national and international level conferences. She has presented in Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) and Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR). She has published several articles in peer reviewed journals.

Teaching Interests:
    • Social work practice
    • Research methods
    • Qualitative methods
    • Human behavior and social environment
    • Social work with group
    • Social welfare policy
Research Interests:
    • HIV/AIDS.
    • Violence against women
    • Reproductive health
    • Mental health
    • International social work
  • Publications

    Hollenbach, M., & Sharma, Y. (2017). Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Critical analysis. Social Development Issues, 39(3), 50-54.

    Corbett, C. & Sharma Y. (2016). Female Juvenile Violent Behavior: Bonding Systems and Other Mediating Constructs. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 33 (1), 25-37.

    Sharma, Y. & Pillai, V. (2016). Social Support and Intimate Partner Violence among women with HIV. Journal of Social Work and Social Sciences Review, 18 (1). 52-66.  

    Sharma, Y. & Pillai, V. (2015). Dependency Ratio. In Odekon. M., Golson, J. G. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of world poverty. (pp. 33-34). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

    Pillai, V., & Sharma, Y. (2013). Child fosterage among Zambian families, Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies: An International Interdisciplinary Journal for Research, Policy and Care, 8 (1).  DOI:10.1080/17450128.2013.774454.

    Sharma, Y., & Pillai, V. (2012). Tuberculosis and utilization of health care facilities by the Lepchas of Sikkim. Journal of Comparative Social Welfare, 28(1), 49-55.

    Sharma, Y. (2011). An analysis of the medical termination of pregnancy act of 1971: The case of India. Social Development Issues, 33 (3), 40-53.

    Elias-Lambert, N., Black, B.,& Sharma, Y. (2010). Middle School Youth: Satisfaction With and Responses to a Dating Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Program. Journal of School Violence, 9(2), 136-153.

    Sharma, Y. (2009). [Review of the book Global Social Policy and Governance, by Bob Deacon Sheffield]. Journal of Policy Practice, 8(3), 260-262. (Book Review)

    Pillai, V., & Sharma, Y. (Under Review). Correlates of Child Fosterage among Zambian Families. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare.

  • Conference Presentations

    Wilkinson, K., Sharma, Y., Noyori-Corbett, C. (2017, October). Isolationism and xenophobia: Implications for transnational advocacy among refugee service providers. Council on Social Work Education 2017 Annual Program Meeting, Dallas, TX. 

    Sharma, Y. & Noyori-Corbett, C. (2016). Practice Implications for safe method of HIV/AIDS disclosure to a partner. Annual Program Meeting of Council of Social Work Education (CSWE), Atlanta, GA.  

    Hollenbach, J. McKenzie. & Sharma, Y. (2016). A critical analysis of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Annual Program Meeting of Council of Social Work Education (CSWE), Atlanta, GA.  

    Corbett, C. & Sharma Y. (2015). Transnational Human Trafficking and HIV in South Asia: Challenges for Social Workers. Annual Program Meeting of Council of Social Work Education (CSWE), Denver, CO.

    Sharma, Y. (May 2015). Domestic Violence in Patriarchal and Matriarchal Communities in India: Comparative Analysis of experiences in Domestic Violence among North and Northeast India. Global Awareness Society International Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  

    Sharma, Y. & Pillai, V. (January 2015). Effects of Social and Human Capital on Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Among HIV Infected Women. Annual Conference of Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA.  

    Sharma, Y. & Pillai, V (October 2014). Socio-Structural Correlates of IPV before and after the women's diagnosis of HIV/AIDS. Annual Program Meeting of Council of Social Work Education (CSWE), Tampa, FL.   

    Corbett, C. & Sharma, Y (October 2014). Mediating factors between bonding systems and violent behavior among female youth. Annual Program Meeting of Council of Social Work Education (CSWE), Tampa, FL.  

    Sharma, Y. & Pillai, V (January 2014). Effect of social support on Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) after the diagnosis of woman's' HIV/AIDS Status. Annual Conference of Society for Social Work and Research, San Antonio, TX.

    Sharma, Y. & Pillai, V (November 2013). Substance abusing women with HIV/AIDS and vulnerability to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). Annual Program Meeting of Council of Social Work Education (CSWE), Dallas, TX.

    Sharma, Y & Black, M. B. (Accepted for November 2012). Women's diagnosis of HIV status and its relationship to intimate partner violence. Annual Program Meeting of Council of Social Work Education (CSWE), Washington, D.C., WA.

    Woody, D., Madden, E., & Sharma, Y. (January 2012).Premature termination from a substance abuse/parenting program among postpartum women and men. Annual Conference of Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, D. C., WA.

    Sharma, Y. & Weisz, N. A. (October 2011). Teen Dating Violence: Linkages to other forms of violence for urban youth. Annual Program Meeting of Council of Social Work Education (CSWE), Atlanta, GA.

    Jayasundara, D & Sharma, Y. (January 2010). Reproductive health of women in developing countries: Application of Sen's perspectives. Annual Conference of Society for Social Work and Research, San Francisco, CA.

    Elias-Lambert, N., Black, B.,& Sharma, Y. (November 2009). Middle School Youth: Satisfaction with and responses to a dating violence and sexual assault prevention program. Annual Program Meeting of Council of Social Work Education (CSWE), San-Antonio, TX.

    Sharma, Y. (April 2008). Socio-economic implications of natural calamities- Comparative analysis of India and United States of America. Social Welfare Action Alliance, Houston, Texas.

    Sharma, Y. (December 2006). Depression and social problem in people living with HIV/AIDS.Joint National Conference of Indian Public Health Association (IPHA) and Indian Association of Preventive & Social Medicine (IAPSM), Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India.

    Sharma, Y. (March 2003). Psycho-Social problems of people living with HIV/AIDS. National Conference of Indian Association of Psychiatry, Gangtok, Sikkim, India.