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Cheryl Oakman

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Assistant Professor of Instruction in Social Work


539 Ritter Annex
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122


  • PhD, Social Work and Social Research, Bryn Mawr College 
  • MSW, Temple University
  • BSW, The Pennsylvania State University


Dr. Cheryl Oakman is a full-time assistant professor at Temple University’s School of Social Work. From 2006-2014 she served as adjunct faculty in the Masters of Urban Studies Program at Eastern University, where she taught Resource Development and Programming for Youth Development, and advised students in the Youth Development concentration. 
Aside from academia, Dr. Oakman has over 36 years of professional experience in the youth services field. Most recently she spent 16 years as Director of Education and Director of the Center for Youth Development at United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, where her main focus was on building the capacity of nonprofit youth organizations, as well as evaluating & improving professional development and the quality of out-of-school time and mentoring programs for youth. Previously she spent 18 years managing programs that assist foster care teens in aging out of the child welfare system. Dr. Oakman also serves as a Biblical Counselor at the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, is a licensed social worker who was in private practice for 3 years, and is a certified employability life skills educator. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Welfare from the Pennsylvania State University; a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Temple University; and a Ph.D. in Social Work and Social Research from Bryn Mawr College, with a concentration in clinical work and policy formation & program development. Dr. Oakman also has a Certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership from Bryn Mawr College, and is certified through Eastern University as an online teaching instructor.
Dr. Oakman also serves on several professional advisory boards and committees focused on evaluating and improving Black male achievement, child welfare, mentoring, and out-of-school time programs. She is also the Co-Chair of Program Planning and Development for the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., which focuses on public service in the areas of Educational Development, Economic Development, International Awareness and Involvement, Political Awareness and Involvement, and Physical and Mental Health. 

Research Interests

  • Child Welfare
  • Childhood Development 
  • Community Based Program Evaluation
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Family Relationships
  • Foster Care
  • Program Evaluation
  • Religion and Spirituality
  • Risk Behavior
  • Trauma 
  • Violence Prevention