Assistant Professor, Health & Mental Health
Scott Easton, PhD, joined the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) faculty in 2011. Prior to his appointment in the GSSW concentration of Health and Mental Health, Dr. Easton worked as a therapist or counselor in several practice settings (public agency, adolescent substance abuse center, university admissions). He enjoys incorporating those experiences into courses that he teaches such as Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Psychosocial Pathology, and Research Methods.
His research has focused primarily on understanding risk and protection factors for long-term mental health outcomes of adults who experienced adverse childhood experiences (ACE) such as sexual abuse. Dr. Easton recently partnered with three national survivor organizations in conducting one of the largest studies to date on adult male survivors of sexual abuse (2010 Health and Well-being Survey). This study resulted in numerous peer-reviewed publications on topics such as disclosure patterns, trauma processing models, suicidality, and post-traumatic growth. Currently he is analyzing qualitative data on healing processes for men who experienced childhood maltreatment and longitudinal data on the mental health of male survivors. Dr. Easton has received funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation (Doctoral Fellowship Program) and the Boston College Institute on Aging.
Because of his experience, Dr. Easton was appointed by Cardinal Sean O'Malley to serve on the Archdiocese Review Board for the Catholic Church of Boston. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Loss and Trauma.
Dr. Easton's secondary area of research is social welfare policies of the Middle East and the acculturation of Arab-Americans. During a one-year fellowship from the Michael C. Rockefeller Fellowship through Harvard University, he conducted research on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in Jerusalem and volunteered at a rehabilitation center in the West Bank. He has also served as the Director of Media and Public Relations for the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee in Washington, DC.