Elspeth Slayter, MSW, PhD is a professor of social work at Salem State University in Salem, MA, who identifies as a member of the disability community. She teaches child and family policy, forensic social work, disability practice and evidence-based research courses. Her equity-focused research and consulting centers around disability, race, ethnicity in the addiction and child welfare service sectors. She co-leads Salem State University’s certificate program in equity-minded practice for child welfare supervisors and managers.
Her doctorate is in social welfare policy from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, where she was a pre-doctoral trainee funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the American Association on University Women. Prior to her doctoral work, Dr. Slayter practiced as a forensic social worker in child welfare, public criminal defense, juvenile justice, and education settings. Her master’s degree in social work is from New York University.
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