Biography

Dr. Sheila Gillespie Roth is a professor in the Department of Social Work at Carlow University.  She teaches courses in both the BSW and MSW programs. Her areas of expertise are Crisis Intervention and Trauma as it pertains to public safety personnel. Dr. Roth is a licensed clinical social worker in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and has clinical training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and in EMDR. She is the program counselor for the Center for Emergency Medicine of Southwestern Pennsylvania (Paramedic Program). She is a member of the Pittsburgh Critical incident Stress Management Team and serves on their advisory board. Dr. Roth has presented and published in the areas of public safety stress, EMS work/ family fit, social work and end of life issues, and crisis management. More recently she has participated in research projects exploring vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue in crisis responders.

Dr. Roth has been the recipient of awards such as: Southwestern PA NASW Social Worker of the Year, the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation Team Member Award, Celebrate & Share Women of Achievement Award, Certificate of Appreciation given by the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of EMS, and the Rodney Miller Safety Award in EMS by STAT Medevac.

Research Interests

Crisis Intervention and Trauma, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Public Safety Stress, EMS work/family fit, Social Work, Crisis Management, and End-of-Life Issues.