elizabeth sanders
Chair, Applied Sociology/Social Work, Assistant Professor
Preston 108

Elizabeth Sanders serves as the Chairperson of the Applied Sociology and Social Work Department as well as the BSW Program Director. She received her master’s degree in Social Administration (Social Work) from Case Western Reserve University, and her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Edinboro University of PA. 

Professor Sanders is a licensed clinical social worker with over 25 years of experience. The majority of her clinical work has been concentrated in the fields of mental health and substance use disorders. In addition to her faculty position at Mercyhurst University, she is the owner and clinical provider of an independent psychotherapy practice in Erie. Her extensive clinical experience enables her to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Bringing “real world” examples and case studies to the classroom.

Professor Sanders’ research interests include investigating the ethical challenges of social media usage for mental health professionals. Her teaching style reflects a trauma-informed perspective. She appreciates the unique needs, challenges, and strengths of each student. She teaches Introduction to Social Work Practice, Social Work Practice I and II, HBSE II, and Contemporary Social Problems. 

Professor Sanders is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, The Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, and The Erie County Suicide Prevention Advisory Board.