Sharon E. Milligan, PhD

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Associate Director, Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development

Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
MSW, University of Illinois at Chicago
MPH, University of Pittsburgh
BA., Spellman College
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Room 140
Case Western Reserve University
11235 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44106


Sharon Milligan is an Associate Professor of Social Work, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Chair of the Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) and Master in Nonprofit Management Organizations (MNO) programs at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio., U.S.A. At the Mandel School, she is also Associate Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development.Dr. Milligan teaches graduate courses in community development, social welfare policy and research methodology. Dr. Milligan directed a study to uncover technology for evaluating conditions and assets in low-income communities. She directed several funded research projects focusing on health and minorities.A contributor of scholarly articles to professional literature, Dr. Milligan’s publications appear in Women and Health, The New England Journal of Medicine, Controlled Clinical Trials, Social Work in Health Care, The Gerontologist, Ethnicity and Disease, Community Mental Health Journal and Arthritis Care and Research.
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Course List

  • SASS 532 Needs Assessment and Program Evaluation
  • SASS 470 Introduction to Social Policy

Scholarly Interests

  • Urban Poverty
  • Evaluation of Neighborhood Change Inititatives
  • Systems Change Research


Milligan, S. (2010). The Joint Degree in Social Work and Business Administration at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.: A Case Study. Social Welfare Research Bulletin. Special Issue, 3(21), 57–69.

Sharon Milligan in the News:

Research ShowCASE on April 15th Features Mandel School

Apr 15 2016

Research ShowCASEOn April 15, hundreds of researchers, scientists and scholars will gather in Case Western Reserve’s Veale Convocation Center for the annual Research ShowCASE, a day filled with exploration and discovery of the university’s exciting research. Check out the full list of Mandel School presenters below, including many faculty members, students and researchers

Faculty (highlighted), Research Staff, and Doctoral Students (bold):

1. Cyleste Collins, Rong Bai, David Crampton, Rob Fischer: “Partnering for Family Success Process Evaluation”

2. Dalhee Yoon, Paul Tuschman, Mark, I. Singer, Margaret Baughman-Sladky, Michael C. Gearhart: “Case Study: Staff Perspectives on the use of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) in Drug Courts Serving Opioid-Addicted Clients”

3. Dalhee Yoon, David S. Crampton, Susan Yoon, Sarah K. Bearman: “Assessing the Impact of Family Participation on Team Decisionmaking”

4. David Crampton, Claudia Coulton, Francisca Garcia-Cobian Richter, Rob Fischer: “Integrated Data System Analysis for the Design of a Pay-for-Success Intervention in Foster Care”

5. Aviva Vincent, David L. Hussey, Michelle Riske-Morris: “Reversing the Pipeline: Examining the Need for Transition Planning from Prison to the Community”

6. Michael C. Gearhart, Daniel J. Flannery, Mark I. Singer, Jeff Kretschmar, Fred Butcher: “Predictors of Functioning in a Juvenile Justice Diversion Program: ADHD, Mental Health, and Trauma”

7. Robert Fischer, Elizabeth Anthony, Nina Lalich, Marci Blue, Tsui Chan: “Childhood Lead Exposure in the City of Cleveland: Why Point-in-Time Estimates Aren’t Enough”

8. Seungjong Cho, Sun Kyung Kim: “Adjustment Problems of Female Spouses of International Students: Theoretical Frameworks” (Oral Presentation)

9. Weidi Qin: “Patterns of Diabetes Among Asian Americans”

Undergraduate Students (Research Advisor: Sharon Milligan):

1. Chelsea Smith: “The Causes and Treatments for Eating Disorders: A literature Review”

2. Amy Wang: “The relationship between socioeconomic status and other demographic factors and dental health behavior”

3. Feifei Deng: “Oral Health and Its Impact on General Health: A Literature Review of Society’s Response”

4. Isabelle Haney: “Mental Health Prevalence, Stigma, and Resources among College Students”

5. Amarinder Syan: “The Impact of Food Deserts on Food Insecurity in the United States”

Undergraduate Students (Research Advisor: Megan Holmes):

1. Michaela Epperson: “Beliefs, Resiliency, and Experiences with Intimate Partner Violence”

Undergraduate Students (Research Advisor: Debra R. Hrouda):

1. Debra Hrouda, Jennifer Collins-Lakner, Christopher Mayer, Megan Mathur: “Identifying the Critical Ingredients of an Evidence-Based Practice: Seeking Expert Opinions”

MSSA Students (Research Advisor: Debra R. Hrouda):

1. Debra Hrouda, Jennifer Collins-Lakner, Christopher Mayer, Megan Mathur:

“Identifying the Critical Ingredients of an Evidence-Based Practice: A Targeted Literature Review”

Alumna hosts Deans Gilmore and Milligan on radio show

Feb 19 2016

Leadership Hour snipDean Grover “Cleve” Gilmore and Associate Dean Sharon Milligan were guests on “The Leadership Hour,” the national VoiceAmerica internet radio show hosted by alumna Christine Cowan-Gascoigne, MSSA 2004. The show’s topic was “Leading to a More Just World” and they discussed the Mandel School’s 100-year legacy of creating leaders in social change. Listen online:

Research ShowCASE on April 17 Spotlights Mandel School

Apr 16 2015

Research ShowCASECase Western Reserve’s Research ShowCASE on Friday, April 17, in the Veale Convocation Center brings together hundreds of researchers, scientists and scholars for a day of discovery, collaboration and community. Check out the list of presentations by Mandel School faculty, students and researchers, make a note to stop by the Begun Center’s booth at the event, and be sure to download the app to help you navigate the event!

Faculty, Research Staff and Doctoral Students

+ Jane Timmons-Mitchell, Laura Overman, Lacey Caporale, Rachel Lovell and Christopher Stormann: Wraparound Fidelity Monitoring: Using Process to Improve Outcomes in the Child Welfare System

+ Michael Gearhart, Mark Singer, Margaret Baughman-Sladky and Lacy Caporale: Predictors of Health in an Opiate Drug Court: Gender, Parental Status, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse

+ Cyleste C. Collins, Emily Miller, Robert Fischer and Renata Brown: Cleveland Botanical Garden Green Corps Evaluation

+ Youngsam Oh: The Relationships between Psychological Distress and General Health Information Seeking and Online Health Information Seeking

Intersections: Undergraduate Students (Research Advisor: Sharon Milligan)

+ Abigail Dwornik (BA Major: Psychology): Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders and Mental Illnesses in Incarcerated Populations and Effects on Recidivism: A Literature Review

+ Imani Scruggs (BA Major: Psychology; 3+2 MSSA Student: Direct Practice in Children, Youth and Families with a focus on Community Practice for Social Change): Forming Black Adolescent Identity:  A Review

+ Elizabeth Stotter (BA Major:  Psychology; 3+2 MSSA Student: Direct Practice with Children, Youth and Families): Approaching Resilience: Supporting Children Living in Low-Income and Poverty