Sheara Jennings is an affiliated fellow with the Center for Justice Research and an Associate Professor at the University of Houston (UH) Graduate College of Social Work (GCSW). Her research has focused on the well-being of black and LatinX students and families in the areas of academic achievement, teen pregnancy prevention, healthy marriage/relationships and community-based interventions. Currently, her research project examines the mental and emotional health responses at the intersection of COVID-19 and police misconduct.
Currently, Dr. Jennings is a second term Commissioner for the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Membership and Professional Development, and a Cluster Co-Chair for the Society for Social Work and Research annual conference. Most recently, Dr. Jennings was appointed by Mayor Sylvester Turner to serve on the City of Houston Health Equity Response Task Force in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its disproportionate impacts on minority, vulnerable and under-resourced communities.
Dr. Jennings holds a B.S. in rehabilitation psychology for Southern University, A&M; an M.S.W. from Louisiana State University; and a Ph.D. in social intervention research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her professional affiliations include the Council on Social Work Education and the Society for Social Work Research.