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Shari Munch

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Michigan State

Dr. Munch's research interests include perinatal healthcare and clinical social work.

(848) 932-5392


Shari Munch is an Associate Professor (PhD, Michigan State University, 1998; MSW, University of Michigan, 1982; LCSW, NJ). Her research and clinical interests focus on social work practice in health care, perinatal health care, and clinical social work. Topics include medically-complicated pregnancy, hyperemesis gravidarum, perinatal bereavement, patient-provider relationship, gender-bias in women's health care, and compassion fatigue. In the School of Social Work, she offers clinical MSW courses and teaches in the DSW program. Her clinical social work practice experience informs her research and teaching, and she maintains a part-time private psychotherapy practice in Somerset, NJ. Dr. Munch held a 2009 appointment as Visiting Professor at the School of Human Services and Social Work at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia. In 2010, she served as a Fulbright Scholar at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj, Romania. Dr. Munch was awarded the National Association of Perinatal Social Work Award for Excellence for 2016, which recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of perinatal social work including clinical work, education and research, and service to the organization.

Courses Taught: 

  • Clinical Social Work I
  • Clinical Social Work II
  • Clinical Social Work: Healthcare
  • Perinatal Death, Dying & Bereavement
  • Mama Mia!: Conceptions and Constructions of Motherhood (Byrne First Year Seminar)

Selected Recent Publications: 

Curran, L. C., McCoyd, J. M., Munch, S., & Wilkenfeld, B. F. (Published online April 27, 2017). Developing maternal virtues prematurely: The phenomenology of maternal identity in medically complicated pregnancy. Health Care for Women International. doi: 10.1080/07399332.2017.1323904

Mihai, A., Rentea, G. C., Gaba, D., Lazar, F., & Munch, S. (2016). Connectivity and discontinuity in social work practice: Challenges and opportunities of the implementation of an e-social work system in Romania. Journal of Comparative Research in Anthropology and Sociology (Special Issue: Living with(in) digital technology), 7(2), 21-38.

O’Malley, D., Degi, C., Gilbert, B., & Munch, S. (2014). Addressing the cancer burden in Romania: A critical role for social work practice. Revista de Asistenţă Socială (Social Work Review) (Special Issue on Health Social Work), anul XIII, nr. 2/2014, 11-26.

Boddy, J., Daly, M., & Munch, S. (2012). The Writing Series Project: A model for supporting social work clinicians in health settings to disseminate practice knowledge. Social Work in Health Care, 51(3), 246-270.

Munch, S., Korst, L. M., Hernandez, G., Romero, R., & Goodwin, T. M. (2011). Health related quality of life in women with nausea and vomiting of pregnancy: The importance of psychosocial context. Journal of Perinatology, 31, 10-20.

Levick, J., Quinn, M., Holder, A., Nyberg, A., Beaumont, E., & Munch, S. (2010). Support for siblings of NICU patients: An interdisciplinary approach. Social Work in Health Care, 49(10), 919-933.

Akincigil, A., Munch, S., & Niemczyk, K. C. (2010). Predictors of maternal depression in the first year postpartum: Marital status and mediating role of relationship quality. Social Work in Health Care, 49(3), 227-244.

Johnson, Y. M., & Munch, S. (2010). Faculty with practice experience: The new dinosaurs in the social work academy? Journal of Social Work Education, 46(1), 57-66.

McCoyd, J., Johnson, Y. M., Munch, S., & LaSala, M. C. (2009). Quantocentric culture: Ramifications for social work education. Social Work Education, 28(8), 811-827.

Johnson, Y. M., & Munch, S. (2009). Fundamental contradictions in cultural competence. Social Work (Special Issue on Racial and Ethnic Minorites), 54(3), 220-231.

Munch, S., & Schmitz, M. F. (2007). The Hyperemesis Beliefs Scale (HBS): A new instrument for assessing beliefs about severe nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology,28(4), 219-229.

Munch, S., & Schmitz, M. F. (2006). Hyperemesis and patient satisfaction: A path model of patients' perceptions of the patient-physician relationship.Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology, 27(1), 49-57.

Munch, S. (2004). Gender-biased diagnosing of women's medical complaints: Contributions of feminist thought, 1970-1995. Women and Health, 40(1), 101-121.

Spencer, P. C., & Munch, S. (2003). Client violence toward social workers: The critical role of agency management in community mental health programs. Social Work, 48(4), 532-544.

Munch, S. (2002). Chicken or the egg? The biological-psychological controversy surrounding hyperemesis gravidarum. Social Science & Medicine, 55(7), 1267-1278.

Munch, S. (2002). Women’s experiences with a pregnancy complication: Causal explanations of hyperemesis gravidarum. Social Work in Health Care,36(1), 59-76.

Munch, S., & Levick, J. (2001). "I'm Special, Too": Promoting sibling adjustment in the neonatal intensive care unit. Health & Social Work, 26(1), 58-64.

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