Dr. Elizabeth Sharda

Assistant Professor of Social Work
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Elizabeth began teaching as an assistant professor of social work in fall 2017. She teaches Interventions, Child Welfare, Diversity and Introduction to Social Work. She is in the process of obtaining her Ph.D. in social work at Michigan State University. She has practiced for over 10 years in the social work field in a variety of roles and at a variety of practice levels, primarily within the child welfare system. Her current research relates to foster parenting and its impact on foster parents. 

AREAS OF Expertise

  • Traumatic stress – the experience and effects of trauma on individuals, particularly children in the context of chronic and complex trauma
  • Secondary trauma – the negative impact of helping on the helper (e.g., social workers) and factors which may impede or promote helpers’ resilience
  • Social support – both emotional and practical support from a variety of sources and its usefulness in promoting resilience in the context of risk and stress
  • Mindfulness – the construct of mindfulness and its application to various populations under stress, particularly parents


  • MSW, Grand Valley State University, 2006
  • B.A., social work and political science, Hope College, 2002
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Dr. Elizabeth Sharda

Phone Number616.395.7553

Van Zoeren 255A 41 Graves Place Holland, MI 49423
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