Sheridan Quarless Kingsberry, a Delaware State University social work faculty member, was named as the 2018 Delaware Social Worker of the Year by the state chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.
Kingsberry has taught social work at DSU since 2003 and currently serves as an associate professor in the Master of Social Work Program at the DSU Wilmington location.
Through a grant from the Wilmington HOPE Commission, from 2010-2013 Kingsberry and MSW students provided resilience-building services to elementary-aged children of that city whose parents are incarcerated, diverting the children away from a downward spiral of physical and emotional problems common to such youths. The related evaluation data has been published in peer-reviewed journals, validating their work.
In 2015, Kingsberry, another faculty member and two MSW students traveled with the Delaware Chapter of Hands International to provide mental health services in Antigua and Barbuda. The next two years, she traveled to Trinidad and Tobago with the organization’s team of physicians, nurses and mental health professionals to provide educational workshops and counseling services to clients of the mission’s clinic. Kingsberry conceived a formal interdisciplinary Study Abroad Program for DSU’s College of Education, Health and Public Policy, which resulted in a 2017 trip to London that included 10 undergraduate and graduate students and five professionals, providing all with a global learning opportunity. This Study Abroad also resulted in a similar trip to Costa Rica in May 2018. In October, she plans to take some MSW students to Guyana.
In 2017, Kingsberry partnered with TOVA Healthcare to present a symposium in Wilmington titled “Managing Chronic Diseases in the Black Community: The Expanding Roles of Primary Care and Behavioral Health Providers and Faith Communities.”
As an active member of the NASW-DE, Kingsberry served as the organization’s treasurer and president. Kingsberry served on the organization’s Multi-tier Licensure Subcommittee that educated the general assembly on the need to bring the First State’s social worker licensing standard up to the national level and negotiated the development of recently enacted legislation that requires all social workers — bachelor’s and master’s degree graduates as well as clinicians — to be licensed in Delaware to work professionally in the field.
Kingsberry has a Master of Social Works and a Ph.D. in social work from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She is the first DSU social work faculty member to be honored with the Social Worker of the Year Award from the NASW-DE since Marlene Saunders received the award in 2008.