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About Elspeth Slayter

Dr. Slayter is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work who conducts health services research related to disability services, substance use disorders and child welfare.  She has taught social policy, research methods and social work practice courses at Salem State University since 2005.  Dr. Slayter obtained both a master's and doctoral degree in social policy and health services research from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University where her scholarship focused on disability and health policy.  During her time at Heller, Dr. Slayter was a pre-doctoral trainee supported by the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA) and an American Fellow supported by the American Association of University Women (AAUW).  Dr. Slayter has also received training in Community-Based Participatory Research from the National Institutes of Mental Health.  
Prior to her doctoral work, between 1995-2000, Dr. Slayter practiced as a forensic social worker in a variety of court-based settings in New York City. These settings included Washington Square Legal Services, where Dr. Slayter partnered with New York University law students in the co-representation of parents charged with child abuse and/or neglect. Dr. Slayter went on to work as a social worker and educational consultant for the Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Rights Division in Brooklyn, where she partnered with guardians ad litem in the representation of children on cases related to child protection, juvenile justice and special education law. Dr. Slayter also worked as a social worker in partnership with public defenders at The Bronx Defenders, an early adopter of the "holistic advocacy" model of criminal defense. In the Bronx, Dr. Slayter developed a special interest in the child welfare and behavioral health concerns of people with disabilities (especially people with intellectual disabilities).

Positions

Present Associate Professor, Salem State University School of Social Work
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Curriculum Vitae


Disciplines



Grants

2017 Summer Research Institute
National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect
Role: Fellow
2016 - 2017 Social Expertise Exchange
Eurasia Foundation
2013 - 2014 Advanced Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center
Role: Fellow
2004 - 2005 American Fellow
American Association of University Women
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Professional Service and Affiliations

Member, Council on Social Work Education
Member, • International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
Member, • National Association of Social Workers – Massachusetts Chapter
Member, • Society for Social Work and Research (Child welfare and disability sections)
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Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Teaching Award, Salem State University
  • Fellow, Summer Research Institute, National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Fellow, Advanced Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center
  • American Fellow, American Association of University Women

Education

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2006 PhD, Brandeis University ‐ Social Policy
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2003 MA, Brandeis University ‐ Social Policy
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1996 MSW, New York University ‐ School of Social Work
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1990 BA, Macalester College ‐ History
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Research Works (3)

Articles (21)

Reports (1)