Assistant Professor of Social Work

205 Bellerive Hall (South Campus)
314.516.5039
gearhartm@umsl.edu  

Curriculum Vitae
Michael Gearhart

Office Hours:  By appointment.

Education: PhD, Case Western Reserve University (2016)
MSSA, Case Western Reserve University (2012)
BA, Ohio State (2010)

Courses Taught: SW4300: Social Work Practice with Communities

Research Interests:  
Collective action, collective efficacy, community engagement, criminal justice, equity and inclusion

Biographical Narrative:

Michael Gearhart received his PhD in 2017 from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University.  His research focuses on collective actions in communities, the relationship between the criminal justice system and communities, and equity and inclusion.  He is currently collecting data on residents’ perceptions of the development in Ferguson with an emphasis on police-resident relationships.

Dr. Gearhart’s practice experience includes working as a research associate for Leverage Point Development Inc., co-facilitating cognitive behavioral therapy groups for individuals in jail who meet criteria for psychosis, and serving as a diagnostician for an enhanced re-entry model for individuals leaving jail who meet criteria for mental health and substance use issues.