Dr. Erica H. Sirrine

Dean, Professor of Social Work ehsirrine@seu.edu

Degrees Earned

Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSW), Florida State University
Master of Social Work (MSW), University of Central Florida
PhD in Social Work, University of South Florida
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Qualified Clinical Supervisor


Dr. Erica Sirrine followed God’s call to Southeastern in 2014 and is thrilled to be a part of the Fire Family. Prior to joining SEU, Dr. Sirrine was the social work program director at Warner University, where she successfully led the program through accreditation with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and was recognized as the 2011 Professor of the Year.

Dr. Sirrine brings over 16 years of clinical social work experience and has intervened with clients experiencing a variety of complex conditions, including HIV/AIDS, terminal illness, fetal demise, pediatric death, child abuse and neglect and grief. She was selected as the 2013 Social Worker of the Year by the Heartland Unit of the Florida Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Sirrine worked as the clinical manager of the Bethany Center of Good Shepherd Hospice where she now volunteers as a cabin leader at Camp Brave Heart, an annual weekend retreat for grieving children. Dr. Sirrine has extensive experience counseling bereaved children, adolescents, adults, and families and has implemented numerous interventions and programs aimed at improving the emotional health of clients experiencing loss.

Dr. Sirrine frequently provides workshops throughout the United States aimed at equipping mental health practitioners with the tools necessary to counsel clients experiencing loss. In 2017, she authored and published Sammy’s Story, an anticipatory grief book for preschool and elementary age children who are experiencing the serious illness or death of a loved one. Dr. Sirrine’s dissertation research on continuing bonds following death was also recently published in OMEGA: Journal of Death and Dying.

Dr. Sirrine teaches the following undergraduate and graduate social work courses: Death and Dying, Methods of Social Research, Social Work Practice 3: Communities and Organizations, and Advanced Clinical Practice with Groups.