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Erick da Luz Scherf, MSW

Erick is a PhD student and Graduate Council Fellow in the School of Social Work at the University of Alabama. Before coming to the United States, he completed a Master of Social Work degree at the University of Stavanger in Norway through the Erasmus Mundus mobility program, and a Bachelor of International Relations and Politics in his home country of Brazil. His academic pursuits have centered around critical inquiry in Social Work and Health Sciences. Erick also has a strong track record of research experience and publications in the fields of social work, public health, and human rights. More recently, his focus has been on investigating health disparities among minoritized and racialized migrants in the U.S., and he joined The Initiative on Social Work and Forced Migration to work on these themes under the supervision of Dr. Mitra Naseh. In the past, he also participated as a Research Assistant or Affiliated Researcher in research projects in Brazil and Denmark.

Academic CV
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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Social Work               Aug. 2023- Aug. 2028 (expected)

The University of Alabama, School of Social Work

Doctoral dissertation: TBD


Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW),                 Aug. 2021 – Aug. 2023

Families and Children concentration

The University of Stavanger, Norway                   Erasmus Mundus Mobility Program

MSW Thesis: Challenging the Colorblind Curriculum: Addressing Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity in Social Work Education in Portugal


Bachelor of Arts (BA) in International Relations and Politics           Feb. 2016 – Dec. 2019

The University of Vale do Itajaí, Brazil

BA Thesis: Childhoods and Dreams Behind Bars in the “Promised Land”: An Analysis of Human Rights Violations of Migrant Children Imprisoned in Canada Between 2010 and 2016


Excellence in Online Teaching                                                               Issued Feb. 2024        

The University of Alabama, Faculty Development Program


Graduate Certificate in International Human Rights Law                 Jan. 2020 – Sep. 2020

EBRADI - Brazilian School of Law / Una University Center, Brazil

Research experience


The Initiative on Social Work & Forced Migration                 Sep. 2023 – Present​ 

Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

Role: Graduate Research Assistant


Sleep Health Equity (SHE) Research Group                          Sep. 2023 – Present

The University of Alabama, School of Social Work.

Role: Graduate Research Assistant


ERC Human Rights Nudge                                                         Jan. 2022 – Dec. 2023 

University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law. Role: Affiliated Researcher.

Human Rights & Citizenship Research Group                           Mar. 2018 – Feb. 2021

The University of Vale do Itajaí, School of Legal and Social Sciences.

Role: Undergraduate Research Assistant


Office of Professor Marcos Vinicius Viana da Silva (JD/Ph.D.)  Jun. 2019 – Aug. 2021

The University of Vale do Itajaí, School of Legal and Social Sciences.

Role: Undergraduate Research Assistant

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