Anita Sharma Ph.D., LCSW, is a Gerontology and Social Work Educator, Researcher, and Practitioner. She holds an M.A. in Medical and Psychiatric Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, a prestigious social sciences university in India, a Master of Social Work (clinical practice) and a Doctorate in Social Work from Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Louisiana and serves as a pro bono consultant to various agencies.
Dr. Sharma has served as the President of the Board of Directors for Families Helping Families and as the Chairperson of the Twin Cities Mayors' Committee for the Disabled. She has served on the Board of Directors for several organizations including Habitat for Humanity where she chaired the Family Selections Committee and set up guidelines to select families as Habitat partners. She served as a community member on the editorial board of the The News-Star and authored a weekly column for the newspaper on topics relating to public interest. Dr. Sharma is an active member of several community organizations serving the needs of elderly individuals and victims of family violence.