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Senaida P. Sharif

As a practicing social worker and urban ethnographer, Senaida earned a Masters of Social Work from Georgia State University and a bachelor’s in Psychology from Florida Memorial University.

Her areas of interest and research include: trauma, grief and loss, child welfare and public policy, family reunification, family violence in black and Latinx communities. and ethnographic methods.

Currently, she is a professional affiliate with Aspire Living & Learning, Incorporated and a freelance consultant.  She is eligible for clinical licensure.

As a licensed holding LCSW, clinical case manager, and social justice advocate, her primary advocacy and research focus is on child welfare, public safety, trauma informed care, and grief & loss. Relatedly, she is interested in how social workers can collaborate with public safety officials in an effort to change how they respond to citizens with mental health issues.

Enhancing the lives and well-being of children and families is her lifelong commitment  For the past 15 years she has worked with vulnerable and diverse populations --- empowering them to  build on currently possessed strengths to create meaningful change.

Alongside calls to reform the American criminal justice system, her prior career as  a correctional officer for the DeKalb County Sheriff Office (Georgia), has caused her to emerge as a leading expert on rehabilitative services for victims and perpetrators of traumatic violence. Most recently she has shared insights in The Crime Report. 

senaida.sharif@cesps.org