Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Sherraden’s scholarship focuses on household and community development. A leader in financial capability and asset building, she has published five books and numerous articles on advancing economic well-being. She led one of the 12 Grand Challenges for Social Work Initiative papers on Financial Capability and Asset Building for All. Sherraden is a faculty director at the Brown School’s Center for Social Development.
In addition, at the University of Missouri-St.Louis, Sherraden is Founder’s Professor of Social Work. She has taught for 25 years in the UMSL School of Social Work, where she also chaired the master’s program in social work. She is a former Fulbright Fellow and two-term president of the Missouri Association for Social Welfare. She serves on the St. Louis Federal Reserve's Community Development Advisory Council.
Focuses on financially vulnerable households. Promotes two unique conceptualizations: (1) financial capability depends not only on individual knowledge and behavior, but also on what is possible in the environment; and (2) it offers tools for practitioners for building assets in low-income households, beyond simply stabilizing income.
Presents four recommendations for addressing the grand challenge of building financials capability and assets for all.
Presents a collection of studies that explore starting early to develop financial capability
Examines how study participants' financial knowledge and participation in a Child Development Account intervention affects 529 College Savings Plan account holding among caregivers of infants.
Examines an innovative four-year school-based financial education and savings program, called “I Can Save” (ICS). Suggest that young children increase financial capability when they have access to financial education and it is accompanied by participation in meaningful financial services.
Examines experiences of 59 low-income families participating in a groundbreaking savings program.
Proposes a conceptual model for impact research of international volunteering and services.
Suggests, instead of aiming for financial literacy, aiming for financial capability is better for improving access to financial policies and services for economically disadvantaged youth.