Sherry M. Cummings, PhD, MSW, MA, is an associate dean and professor at the University of Tennessee College of Social Work in Nashville, where she has served on the faculty since 1998. Dr. Cummings holds a doctorate in social work from the University of Georgia, Athens; a master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore; and a master’s degree in theology from Villanova University, Philadelphia. She has written and published extensively, including journal articles, books, book chapters, and government reports, and has presented papers nationally on the mental health needs of older adults, the impact of those needs on caregivers, and the ethical dilemmas in working with older clients. Dr. Cummings has been actively involved in the development of curriculum materials for gerontological training in graduate social work education and has worked closely with government agencies to promote programs addressing the mental health needs of older adults.
Tennyson Dodd, BS, MTHS, is a graduate of Lipscomb University and Vanderbilt University’s Divinity School, both in Nashville. At Vanderbilt, he earned a master’s degree in theological studies. He is currently pursuing his master of science degree in social work at the University of Tennessee in Nashville. During his time at the University of Tennessee, Mr. Dodd has provided psychotherapy services to children in Nashville’s public school system and to students, faculty, and staff at a local university. Mr. Dodd also serves as a research assistant on issues of aging and mental health, housing, and refugees/immigrants.
Marcie Scott, MSN, RN, is a nurse planner at Western Schools. She has over 25 years of professional nursing experience, with a master’s degree in cardiovascular nursing. Ms. Scott most recently worked as the Co-Director of Certification and Education at the International Association of Forensic Nurses, where she assessed member continuing education needs and developed online activities. She also served as a senior editor with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). At the ANCC, some of her responsibilities included developing and conducting item-writing workshops for nursing content experts and editing items for the ANCC credentialing examinations, such as the gerontological nursing certification examination. As a program manager with a health maintenance organization, Ms. Scott conducted health education seminars and developed disease management and health promotion materials for older adult members with chronic disease.