Cheryl Springer

Professional Details

Title Professor Emeritus
Department School of Social Work
Office Lafayette Annex 204
Phone 978.542.6041
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Professional Biography

Cheryl Springer, PhD, LICSW joined the Salem State University School of Social Work faculty in 1998 and served as the School's Director from 2005 to 2013.  Dr. Springer's previous academic appointments include New York University, Smith College School for Social Work, and San Francisco State University. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin - Madison; her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California; and her doctoral degree from Smith College School for Social Work.  Dr. Springer's direct practice experience involves work with adolescents and families during critical transitions such as divorce, remarriage, and major losses.

Professional Interests

Dr. Springer's scholarship focuses on professional workforce development in the areas of interprofessional practice in health care and educational systems as well as child and family welfare practice.  Together with Dr. Carol Gawrys from the SSU School of Nursing and Dr. Jeramie Silveira from the SSU Department of Occupational Therapy, Dr. Springer is engaged in projects and presentations that focus on interprofessional education and practice.

During Academic Year (AY) 2017-2018, Dr. Springer was a Behavioral Health Training Fellow with The Alcohol and Other Drugs Education Program (ADEP), funded by the National Institute of Health and the National Institute on Alcohol and Alcoholism (NIAAA). She currently serves on the SSU Advisory Committee on Substance Abuse and Addiction. She is also a member of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families Lynn Office Area Board.


In addition to teaching and academic advisement, Dr. Springer is the Salem State University Project Manager for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families Child Welfare Institute (CWI).  She is also the coordinator and academic advisor for MSW students pursuing the newly launched MSW/School Adjustment Counselor (SAC) Study Plan within the MSW Program and in collaboration with the SSU School of Education. 

Selected Publications

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Selected Presentations

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Personal Interests

Dr. Springer enjoys neighborhood gardening projects, cooking, reading, and listening to live and recorded jazz and Chicago blues. Her favorite TV viewing includes any PBS mystery and cooking show as well as Masterpiece Theatre.  Her divides her travel time among family and friends in New York, northern California, and Puerto Rico.