Featured Expert

Michael Meacham, Ph.D, LCSW, DCSW

Professor of Sociology
mgmeacha@valdosta.edu

University Center, Room 1167

http://www.valdosta.edu/colleges/arts-sciences/sacj/sociology/dr-michael-meacham.php

Michael Meacham

Areas of Expertise:

  • Gangs and cults
  • Sociology of religion
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Education

  • Master of Arts in Sociology
  • Master of Philosophy in Sociology
  • Master of Social Work
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology

About

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) recently invited Meacham to be a part of its 1,000 Experts Campaign, which features some of the brightest and best leaders in the social work profession nationwide. Social workers found among the NASW’s 1,000 Experts represent several areas of social work, including mental health services and work with children and the elderly.

As a therapist with the Kansas Department of Corrections for several years, Meacham went into minimum to maximum security prisons and worked with inmates to break up gangs within the facilities. While most of his career has been spent working in prisons he has spent the last 17 years with VSU, where he teaches courses that address organized religion and gang structure.

Meacham is also a part of the American Red Cross Georgia Chapter disaster team and is preparing to teach courses to licensed members on disaster preparation. He has also worked with farmworkers for at least four years as part of the South Georgia Farmworker Project.

His background includes work with inmates, the chronically mentally ill, juveniles, the elderly, and the homeless. He has held several positions in the National American Sociological Association and has been published more than 25 times.