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Dr. Kate Sheridan

Associate Professor
School of Social Work
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Kathryn (Kate) Sheridan is an associate professor with the Illinois State University’s School of Social Work. Her current research interests include families involved with the use and production of methamphetamine and with pregnant and parenting teens who use substances. She also has an active line of research examining the effectiveness of child protection mediation programs in McLean and Cook counties in Illinois.

Current Courses

445.002Practice Evaluation I

498.002Specialized Practicum I

498.002Specialized Practicum I Final Year

491.002Specialized Practicum Seminar I

Teaching Interests & Areas

research; substance use disorders

Book, Chapter

Haight, W., Black, J., Jacobsen, T., & Sheridan, K. Pretend Play and Emotion Learning in Traumatized Mothers and Children. D. Singer, R. Michnick-Golinkoff, and K. Hirsh-Pasek (Eds.). Play=Learning. Oxford University Press (2006)

Journal Article

Sheridan, K. Substance Using Pregnant and Parenting Adolescent Girls: Considerations for Preventive Intervention using a Resilience Lens. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions 18.2 (2018): 128-152.
Stipp, K., Sheridan, K., & Poslethwait, A. Service learning for development of undergraduate practioners-researchers. Gauisis 4 (2016): 1-15.
Sheridan, K. A Systematic Review of the Literature Regarding Family Context and Mental Health of Children from Rural Methamphetamine-Involved Families: Implications for Rural Child Welfare. Journal of Public Child Welfare/Routledge 8 (2014): 514-538.
Sheridan, K., Haight, W., & Cleeland, L. The role of grandparents in preventing aggressive and other externalizing behavior problems in children from rural, methamphetamine-involved families. Children and Youth Services Review 33.9 (2011): 1583-91.
Haight, W., Black, J., & Sheridan, K. A mental health intervention for rural, foster children from methamphetamine-involved families: Experimental assessment with qualitative elaboration. Children and Youth Services Review 32.10 (2010): 1446-1457.
Haight, W., Marshall, J., Hans, S., Black, J., & Sheridan, K. They mess with me, I mess with them": Understanding physical aggression in rural girls and boys from methamphetamine-involved families. Children and Youth Services Review 32.10 (2010): 1223-1234.
Haight, W., Carter-Black, J., & Sheridan, K. Mothers’ experience of methamphetamine addiction: A case-based analysis of rural, Midwestern women. Children and Youth Services Review 86.4 (2008): 41-62.
Ostler, T., Haight, W., Black, J., Choi, G., Kingery, L., & Sheridan, K. The development, mental health and well-being of children of methamphetamine addicts. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 46.4 (2007): 500-507.
Haight, W., Ostler, T., Black, J., Sheridan, K., & Kingery, L. A child’s eye view of parent methamphetamine abuse: Implications for helping foster families to succeed. Children and Youth Services Review 29.1 (2006): 1-15.
Haight, W., Jacobsen, T., Black, J., Kingery, L., Sheridan, K., & Mulder, C. “In these bleak days”: Parental methamphetamine abuse in a rural Midwestern community. Children and Youth Services Review 27.8 (2005): 949-971.


Sheridan, K., & Stipp, K. A Letter to SWK 315 Students

Technical Report

Fuller, T., Bruhn, C., Cohen, L., Lis, M., Rolock, N., & Sheridan, K. Supporting adoptions and guardianships in Illinois: An analysis of subsidies, services, and spending. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, School of Social Work, Children and Family Research Center (2006)
Houston, D., & Sheridan, K. FY14 DCFS Central Region Annual Report on Disparity in Child Protection


A Pilot Study of Child Protection Mediation in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court. 2016 University-Wide Teaching & Learning Symposium. CTLT. (2016)
Stipp, K. & Sheridan, K. (2016, January). Service learning for developing undergraduate practitioner-researchers. Teaching & Learning Symposium, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois (poster).
Measuring Changes in Student Learning: Moving Social Work Research from Classroom to Field. 2014 Teaching & Learning Symposium. CTLT. (2014)
Mental Health Outcomes and Traumatic Family-of-Origin Experiences of Children from Methamphetamine-Affected Homes in Illinois. All Our Kids 0-5 Summit: The Impact of Meth on Children. Adams County Children's Mental Health Partnership. (2014)
Children from Poly Substance-Affected Homes. Annual Conference on School Safety, Common Ground: Community, Kids, Courts & Education. 4th Judicial Circuit Juvenile Justice Council and the Family Violence Coordinating Council. (2013)
Life Story Intervention for rural foster children from methamphetamine-affected homes: Overview and outcomes from a foster family and community-based pilot program in Illinois. FFTA 27th Annual Conference on Treatment Foster Care. Foster Family-based Treatment Association. (2013)
The Effects of Parental Methamphetamine Abuse on Children in Rural Illinois. National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter Statewide Conference. National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter. (2006)
Parent Methamphetamine Abuse in Rural Illinois: An Instance of Applied Ethnography in Child Welfare Research. International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. (2005)
HTML: Happy trails in multimedia learning?. Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education. (2003)
Mentoring: Support and reinforce technology infusion through building relationships. Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education. (2002)
Assistive Technology. National Educational Computing Conference. (2001)
Preparing Tomorrows Urban Teachers to use Technology. Alabama Educational Technology Conference. Alabama State Department of Education. (2001)

Grants & Contracts

Methamphetamine, Opioids & Fentanyl in Rural Illinois: An Ethnographic Exploration of Current and Emerging Issues. ISU, Office of the Provost. Illinois State University. (2023)