Social Work : Meet our Faculty and Staff

Sharon Young Ph.D., L.C.S.W

B.S. University of Connecticut
M.S.W. University of Connecticut
Ph.D. Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service

Dr. Young joined the social work faculty in 2012.  She holds a bachelor of science degree in human development and family relations and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Connecticut.  She received her doctorate in social work from the Graduate School of Social Service at Fordham University.

Dr. Young is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked with adolescents and their families in residential, outpatient, and school settings.  She has worked for many years with difficult to engage youth in substance abuse treatment and community settings. In practice, she developed a prevention theater program that was nationally recognized as an exemplary program by SAMHSA.  She has worked as an Embedded Clinician with an infantry unit in the Connecticut National Guard and currently offers pro-bono counseling for veterans in the community. Her primary research interest is in the area of Post 9/11 veterans.  She has also worked with community partners to produce research featuring best practices.  She is the club advisor for the Student Veterans Organization as well as the Social Work Club.



Young, S. & Ondek, G. (2022). Understanding Veteranness: What social workers need to know when working with Post 9/11 Veterans. Presentation, CT-NASW Statewide Conference, Mystic, CT.

Young, S. & Moreira A. (2019). Using simulated clients to teach BSW students, why not us? Presentation, Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO.

Young, S. & Sollosi, L. (2019). How to Improve Absenteeism in a Middle School: A simple, cost effective approach. Presentation, CT-NASW Statewide Conference, Cromwell, CT.

Phillips, G. & Young, S. (2017). What are the Biggest Challenges Student Veterans Experience on Campus. Presentation, NASPA Military-Connected Students Conference, Washington, DC

 Young, S. (2016). How are our Veterans Adjusting to College? Presentation, NASPA Military-Connected Students Conference, Orlando, FL.

 Young, S. & Lewis J. (2015). Serving Post 9/11 Veterans in the Community; what you need to know. Presentation, CT-NASW Statewide Conference, Cromwell, CT.

 Young, S. (2015). Measuring Veteran Adjustment to College: How are they doing? Poster Presentation, NASPA Veterans Conference, Louisville, KY.

Forgey, M. A., & Young, S. L. (2014). Developing and Teaching a Course in Military Social Work Practice: An Evaluation of Learning Outcomes.  Presentation, 2nd Annual Military and Veteran Social Work Conference, St. Leo, Florida.

Young, S. (2014). How are veterans adjusting to college?   A preliminary look at the Veterans Adjustment to College Scale.  Poster Presentation, 2nd Annual Military and Veteran Social Work Conference, St. Leo, Florida.

Young, S. (2012). Risk and Resilience Factors of Student Veterans. CT-NASW Statewide Conference, Cromwell, CT.



Young, S., Ondek, G., & Phillips, G. A. (2022). Stranger in a Strange Land: A Qualitative Exploration of Veteranness. Journal of Veterans Studies8(1), 175–185. DOI:

Young, S. L. (2020). Strong Ending: A Journey from Combat to Comedy. Journal of Veterans Studies, 6(1), 96–97. DOI:

Young, S., Sollose, L.C., & Carey, J.P. (2020). Addressing Chronic Absenteeism in Middle School: A Cost Effective Approach. Children & Schools, 42(2). 131–138.

Fullerton, A. & Young, S. (2019). Transition Experiences of Real Student Veterans. In D. Vacchi (Ed.), Straight Talk for Veterans: A Guide to College Success. Waxhaw, NC: Straight Talk Press.

Young, S. & Phillips, G. (2019).  Veterans’ Adjustment to College: A Qualitative Analysis of Large-Scale Survey Data. College Student Affairs Journal 37(1) 39-53.

Diamond, A. & Young, S.L. (2018) Navigating the transition from military to college.In Money, K. & Vacchi, D. (Eds.)Straight Talk for Veterans: A no nonsense guide for veteran transition to higher education and civilian life. Burlington, MA: Vetedd Press.

Crego, J. & Young S.L. (2018). Health Care and Serving Veterans. In J. C. Heyman and E.P. Congress (Eds.), Health Care in Social Work, Practice, Policy, and Research. New York, New York:  Springer Publishing Company.

Young, S. (2017) Veterans Adjustment to College: Construction and Validation of a Scale., Journal of Veterans Studies.

Young, S. (2014).  Tips for New Social Work Interns. The New Social Worker

Forgey, M. A., & Young, S. L. (2014). Increasing Military Social Work Knowledge: An Evaluation of Learning Outcomes. Health & Social Work, 39, 1, 7-15.

Young, S. (2009). PTSD in contemporary veterans: The impediments to VA care. Perspectives on Social Work, 7(2), 8-14.