Sarah Moore, Ph.D., MSW

Associate Professor
Sarah Moore

Dr. Sarah Moore’s research focuses on international social work practice and education. Her work work encompasses refugee and immigrant populations, survivors of torture, the Ethiopian immigrant community and HIV/AIDS, as well as global social work providers and educators. She uses qualitative methodologies, with a particular interest in Community-Based Participatory Action Research (CBPR).

Dr. Moore has taught at the BSW, MSW, and Ph.D. levels, including courses on research methods, program evaluation, practice with diverse populations, social policy, and global social work. Formerly, she served as the Director of International Program Associates at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where she directed a program offering social work students international summer experiences in the Philippines, Vietnam, and Nicaragua.

Dr. Moore served as the President of the Global Awareness Society International (GASI) from 2018-2020. She was Program Chair for the organization’s 28th annual conference in Marrakech, Morocco and currently continues her service as a member of the Board, and Chair of the student scholarship program. In 2022, Dr. Moore served as the Co-Editor for a Special Issue of Social Work Education: “The Sustainable Development Goals and Role of Social Work Education.” She also previously served as the Assistant Editor for the Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought.

Dr. Moore was a Fulbright-Hays Seminar Abroad award recipient in 2022. She traveled and studied the Nordic Social Welfare Model throughout Norway. You can read more about her experience here.


  • MSW, Washington University in St. Louis, Social and Economic Development concentration
  • Ph.D., The Catholic University of America
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Selected Publications:

Moore, S., Zajicek-Farber, M.L., & Donaldson, L.P. (2022). A snapshot of HIV/AIDS knowledge, behaviors, and attitudes of Ethiopian immigrants in the District of Columbia. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work. doi: 10.1080/15313204.2022.2154879

Fisher, C.M., Hitchcock, L.I., Neyer, A., Moak, S.C., Moore, S. & Marsalis, S.E. (2022). Contextualizing the impact of faculty-led short-term study abroad on students’ global competence: Characteristics of effective programs. Journal of Global Awareness, 3 (1). 10.24073/jga/3/01/03

Moore, S. & Donaldson, L.P. (2022). Incorporating Community Based Participatory Action Research in social work graduate education. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 42 (4).

Donaldson, L.P., McIntyre, B.L. & Moore, S. (2022). Understanding young adults experiencing homelessness through a qualitative approach. Families in Society, 103(4), 422–437.

Moore, A., Laurent-Simpson, A., & Moore, S. (2021). The Experiences of Foreign-Born Female Academics (FBFA): A Photo-Elicitation Analysis. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work.

Moore, A., Owusu, A.Y., Moore, S., & Knight, R. (2021). Caring for a loved one with stroke in Lomé, Togo: An intersectional framework. Ageing International.

*Oliphant, S.M. (2020).“This is the place I need to stay”: The church as a spiritual home and social center for Ethiopian immigrant women in Washington, DC. Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought.

*Oliphant, S.M., Donaldson, L.P. (2019). A Community-Based Participatory Approach to Understanding HIV/AIDS in the Ethiopian Community. Social Work in Public Health. doi: 10.1080/19371918.2019.1635944

*Oliphant, S.M., & Bennett, S. (2019). Using reflexivity journaling to lessen the emic-etic divide in a qualitative study of Ethiopian immigrant women. Qualitative Social Work. doi: 10.1177/1473325019836723

*Oliphant, S.M., Ritchie D., & Origanti, F. (2019). Teaching social work in a global context: Models of international social work learning experiences. Journal of Teaching in Social Work. doi:10.1080/08841233.2018.1548407

*Oliphant, S.M. (2019). Voices of Ethiopian women. International Social Work, 62 (2), 581-594. doi: 10.1177/0020872817742700

Zajicek-Farber, M. L., Hodges-Wu, J., and *Oliphant, S.M. (2018). The Interrater Reliability of the Survivors of Torture Psychosocial Wellbeing Index: An Assessment Matrix Instrument. Journal of Social Service Research. doi: 10.1080/01488376.2018.1480555

*Note: Dr. Moore previously published under the name Sarah Moore Oliphant

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Hobbies include: Spending time with her three children and extended family including 7 siblings (and their partners and children). Traveling and exploring new places, meeting new people, and trying new foods.

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