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Sheri Kelfer - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Sheri Kelfer Sheri Kelfer

Adjunct Professor | USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


Sheri Kefler is a social worker, psychotherapist and child development specialist, focused on sexual, physical and emotional abuse.


Sheri Kelfer has been a member of the adjunct faculty since 1998 and teaches courses on individual assessment and treatment, group and family practice, human behavior in the social environment and clinical practice in mental health settings, to name a few. She was also responsible for the creation of the Virtual Academic Center’s Play Therapy course. She was honored by the school’s Rainbow Alliance Caucus for being a faculty member who strives for the inclusion of diversity and acceptance in her teaching. She is a member of numerous committees that focus on student issues and curriculum development, including the Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

Kelfer has spent more than 30 years providing therapeutic services within community agencies and through her private practice. A social worker, psychotherapist and child development specialist, she focuses on issues related to sexual, physical and/or emotional abuse; trauma; family conflict; parenting; discipline; separation/divorce; chronic illness; life transitions; and school problems. Her knowledge and enthusiasm have made her a sought-after speaker and author of numerous articles related to children and adolescents.

Previously, Kelfer was a field instructor at USC and taught at California State University, Long Beach. In addition to serving as a clinical consultant for several professional organizations, she was also a clinical director working with high-risk youth, served on the San Fernando Valley Child Abuse Council, participated on school diversity and tolerance committees, and worked with the federal Employee Assistance Program. Selected as one of the Outstanding Young Women of America, she has been interviewed for a variety of media, including “The Sunday Edition,” 97.1 FM Talk Radio; “The Debra Rich Show”; and “The Ted Rall Show,” KFI-AM Talk Radio.

Kelfer received her bachelor’s degree in child development/child mental health with honors from California State University, Northridge. She went on to earn her master’s in clinical social work from USC. She also earned her license in clinical social work and was recognized as a board certified diplomate in clinical social work.

Education (2)

University of Southern California: M.S.W. 1988

California State University-Northridge: B.A., Child Mental Health/Child Development 1986

Areas of Expertise (7)

Trauma Including Childhood Sexual Abuse

Child Development

Physical Abuse

Sexual Abuse

Emotional Abuse


Social Work

Industry Expertise (5)

Health and Wellness

Social Services

Writing and Editing


Mental Health Care


Presentation Style


  • Keynote
  • Moderator
  • Panelist
  • Workshop Leader
  • Corporate Training