Sarah Michalowski

Contributing Faculty
College of Social and Behavioral Health
Barbara Solomon School of Social Work
Master of Social Work (MSW)

Dr. Sarah B. Michalowski, DSW, LCSW, received her BSW from Seton Hall University, her MSW from Columbia University, and her DSW from Rutgers University. She holds her Social Work Supervisors Certificate and provides clinical supervision to licensed level clinicians.

Dr. Michalowski has over five years teaching social work classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Most recently she was the Director of Field Education at a small University in New Jersey. She created a course titled "Mental Health, Treatment Approaches, and Self-Care Techniques," in which she incorporated a multitude of clinical and holistic self-care techniques to help others improve their own mental health.

She has 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults who have experienced trauma and other related mental health disorders in both outpatient and in-home settings. Dr. Michalowski is trained in EMDR and TF-CBT. She participated in the New Jersey Child Sexual Abuse Case Consultation Project. She holds her School Social Work Certificate for the state of New Jersey. She is a member of The National Association for Social Workers and The Association for Play Therapy.

In her DSW program, her work consisted of a case study, “The Clinical Stew: Two Children’s Response to Treatment Within a Family System of Multiple and Complex Trauma” and a Multi-Perspectival Multimedia Project “What is Forgiveness in Social Work?”

Dr. Michalowski has volunteered with multiple faith-based non-profit organizations, participating in retreats and mission trips to Lourdes, France; Kentucky; New Orleans: New Jersey; and West Virginia while educating for social justice. Her most recent trip was to Matamoros, Mexico to provide holistic trauma support through yoga and art therapy to the asylum seekers.

As a Registered Yoga Teacher, with additional trainings, in Yin Yoga (100 hr.), Reiki Level 2, pranayama techniques, and Yoga Nidra, Dr. Michalowski’s current interests involve the connection between yoga and holistic health with social work/mental health. Other interests include photography, mountain biking, hiking, and paddle boarding.


DSW, Rutgers University

MSW, Columbia University

BA, Seton Hall University

Public Service

American Special Children's Pilgrimage group , Volunteer -

Center for FaithJustice, Volunteer - Lawrenceville

Our Lady of Peace: Life Teen , Volunteer -

Our Lady of the Lake Parish , Volunteer -

Awards / Honors

Department of Social Work Achievement Award, Seton Hall University , 2003

Experiential Education Student Award, Seton Hall University , 2003

Lynne Witkin/Concerned Persons for Adoption Scholarship, Seton Hall University , 2002


Maddux, J., Biller, B., Berry, E., Michalowski, S., D'Urso , A. (2013). Categorization of abuse criteria by expert ratings and the elusive diagnosis of abuse. Open Access Journal of Forensic Psychology


Michalowski, S., Sermabeikian, P. (2010). Multidisciplinary Team approaches in child sexual abuse that strengthens community responses for professionals, victims and their families . NJ Social Work Conference