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About Jason Ostrander

Jason Ostrander, Ph.D., MSW, BSW is an Assistant Professor at Sacred Heart University's Department of Social Work.  He has a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Elms College, and both a master's and a doctorate degree in social work from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work.  He currently teaches on-ground and online courses in policy, research and integrative practice. His scholarly work focuses on: political social work, civic and political participation of social workers, child welfare policy, social work education, integrated social work practice, program evaluation, and community based participatory research methods. Dr. Ostrander currently serves on the Research Committee and Advisory Board for the Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work where he is also a training consultant.  Dr. Ostrander’s practice experience comprises political social work at the local, state, and federal levels.  This experience includes serving as a congressional aide to a former U.S. Congressman.  


August 2017 - Present Assistant Professor, Sacred Heart University Social Work Department, College of Arts and Sciences
July 2019 - August 2020 MSW Program Director, Sacred Heart University School of Social Work
August 2017 - June 2019 Online Education Coordinator, Sacred Heart University Social Work Department, College of Arts and Sciences

Curriculum Vitae



2019 - 2020 “Listen…… and I will tell you a story”
Sacred Heart University
University Research and Creativity Grants Program
Role: Co-Principle Investigator
Colleague(s): Dr. Amanda Moras, Dr. Elizabeth Allen, and Kate Kelly, MSW
2019 SHU Social Work Policy Practice Academy
Sacred Heart University
Academics for Creative Teaching Grant, declined
Role: Co-Principle Investigator
Colleague(s): Jill Manit, PhD.
2018 - 2019 Developing Interactive Research Modules for Online Courses
Wiley Education Services
Wiley Education Services Enhancement Grant
Role: Co-Principle Investigator
Colleague(s): Dr. Jennifer Wilson and Urszula Lechtenberg
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2019 - Present Secretary, Board of Directors, Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy
2019 - Present Reviewer, Evaluation and Program Planning
2019 - Present Reviewer, Journal of Community Practice
2019 - Present Editorial Board, Journal of Policy Practice and Research
2019 - Present Reviewer, Social Work and Mental Health
2018 - Present Chair, Webinar Planning Subcommittee, Influencing Social Policy
2018 - Present Member, Delegate Assembly, National Association of Social Workers
2017 - Present Reviewer, Advances in Social Work
2017 - Present Member, Board of Directors, Berkshire United Way
2017 - Present Member, Early Childhood Impact Council, Berkshire United Way
2017 - Present Advisory Board Member, Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work
2015 - Present Member, Influencing Social Policy
2014 - Present Member, Council on Social Work Educaiton
2014 - Present Member, Society for Social Work and Research
2013 - Present Member, Association for Community Organizing and Social Action
2002 - Present Member, National Association of Social Workers
2017 - 2019 Representative , Board of Directors, Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Work
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Honors and Awards

  • 2015 Outstanding Student Award, Association for Community Organizing & Social Administration
  • 2004 Marguerite O. Carson Award, Elms College's Social Work Department
  • 2001 Human Service Award, Berkshire Community College's Human Service Program
  • 2012, 2013, 2015 Mary E. Sterling Scholarship
  • 2014, 2015 Vicki and Michael Konover Scholarship
  • Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work
  • 2018 Wiley Faculty Fellowship
  • 2020 Early Career Faculty Service and Leadership Award, Council on Social Work Education, Nominated


  • Specialized Practice I
  • Specialized Practice II
  • Supervised Research Practicum
  • Social Work Research Methods
  • Social Welfare Policy I
  • Social Welfare Policy II


2012 - 2016 Ph.D. Social Work, University of Connecticut ‐ School of Social Work
2004 - 2005 M.S.W., University of Connecticut ‐ School of Social Work
2001 - 2003 B.S.W., College of Our Lady of the Elms
1999 - 2002 A.S. Human Services, Berkshire Community College

Contact Information

School of Social Work
West Campus West Building


Dissertation (1)

Peer Reviewed Publications (15)

Manuscripts Under Review, Peer Reviewed Publications (7)

Contributions to Books (2)