Featured Expert

Michael Meacham, Ph.D, LCSW, DCSW

Professor of Sociology

University Center, Room 1167


Michael Meacham

Areas of Expertise:

  • Gangs and cults
  • Sociology of religion
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder


  • Master of Arts in Sociology
  • Master of Philosophy in Sociology
  • Master of Social Work
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology


The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) recently invited Meacham to be a part of its 1,000 Experts Campaign, which features some of the brightest and best leaders in the social work profession nationwide. Social workers found among the NASW’s 1,000 Experts represent several areas of social work, including mental health services and work with children and the elderly.

As a therapist with the Kansas Department of Corrections for several years, Meacham went into minimum to maximum security prisons and worked with inmates to break up gangs within the facilities. While most of his career has been spent working in prisons he has spent the last 17 years with VSU, where he teaches courses that address organized religion and gang structure.

Meacham is also a part of the American Red Cross Georgia Chapter disaster team and is preparing to teach courses to licensed members on disaster preparation. He has also worked with farmworkers for at least four years as part of the South Georgia Farmworker Project.

He was selected by the World Health Organization to complete a survey for the Internet-Based Field Studies for ICD-11 Mental and Behavioral Disorders as a member of the Global Clinical Practice Network (GCPN).  The information received from this survey will be used by the World Health Organization to help ensure that the next diagnostic manual is clinically useful and accurate in health settings around the world. 

Meacham is a licensed social worker with a Master of Arts in sociology, a Master of Philosophy in sociology, a Master of Social Work, and a Doctor of Philosophy in sociology. His background includes work with inmates, the chronically mentally ill, juveniles, the elderly, and the homeless. He has held several positions in the National American Sociological Association and has been published more than 25 times.