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Edmund Sherman is Professor Emeritus, School of Social Welfare at the State University of New York at Albany. He is known for his research, teaching and writing on issues of aging and the innovative use of tape-recorded personal life narratives of the elderly in terms of life themes and life adjustment.
Sherman taught at SUNY at Albany from 1973 until his retirement. He was also a faculty research associate at Ringel Institute of Gerontology at S.U.N.Y., Albany. Sherman has maintained a private practice since 1982.
Sherman taught at Hunter College School of Social Work from 1969 to 1973 and at Bryn Mawr’s Graduate Department of Social Work and Social Research from 1966 to 1968. He served at several departments of social welfare in New York state during the 1950’s.
Sherman received his PhD from the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania in 1967. He received his master’s degree in social work from the University of Buffalo in New York in 1957 and his BA in history from the University of Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences in 1952.
Significant Achievements and Awards
Sherman is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and a member of the American Orthopsychiatric Association.
Edmund Sherman has written ten books and numerous articles in the areas of aging and social work. Some of his publications include:
Reid, W.J., & Sherman, E. A. (1994). Qualitative Research in Social Work. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.
Sherman, E., & Webb, T. A. (1994). The self as process in late-life reminiscence: Spiritual attributes. Aging and Society, 14(02), 255-267.
Sherman, E. A. (1987). Meaning in mid-life transitions. SUNY Press.
Sherman, E. A., Newman, E., & Nelson, A. D. (1976). Patterns of age integration in public housing and the incidence and fears of crime among elderly tenants. Crime and the Elderly, 34-45.
Sherman, E. A., & Newman, E. S. (1974). The meaning of cherished personal possessions for the elderly. Institute of Gerontology, School of Social Welfare, State University of New York at Albany.
Shyne, A. W., Sherman, E. A., & Phillips, M. H. (1972). Filling a Gap in Child Welfare Research: Service for Children in Their Own Homes. Child Welfare, 51(9).