Elspeth Slayter, PhD, MSW, is a part-time faculty member at the Boston College School of Social Work. Dr. Slayter primarily focuses on disability services research related to addictions and child welfare. Her work has documented the prevalence of substance use disorder among people with disabilities nationwide, along with information about disparities in treatment access. Dr. Slayter also studies the experiences of children and parents with disabilities in the child welfare system nationwide and has documented disparities in access to services for parents with disabilities.
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 she 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. Prior to that, Dr. Slayter 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 behavioral health concerns of people with disabilities, especially people with intellectual disabilities.
Dr. Slayter obtained both a master’s and doctoral degree in social welfare policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University where her scholarship focused on the disability and health policy arenas. 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 received her Master’s degree in social work at New York University in 1995 after completing her undergraduate work in history with a focus on women’s studies, medical history and medical anthropology at Macalester College in 1990.
Slayter, E. and Jensen, J. (2019-In press). Parents with intellectual disabilities in the child protection system. Children & Youth Services Review. Volume and issue to be determined.
Lindley, L.C., & Slayter, E.(2018c). Serious illness and quality of end-of-life for children in US foster care: A national study. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care, Epub.
Lindley, L. and Slayter, E.(2018b). Prior trauma exposure and serious illness at end of life: A national study of children in the U.S. foster care system from 2005-2015. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. Epub.
Lindley, L. and Slayter, E.(2018a). End-of-life trends and patterns among children in the US foster care system: 2005-2015. Death Studies. Epub. https://doi.org/10.1080/07481187.2018.1455765.
Slayter, E. (2018). Intimate partner violence among transitional-aged young woman with and without disabilities. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma. 27(3), 275-290.
Slayter, E. (2017). Suicidality among transitional-aged youth with disabilities:Implications for social work practice. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie [Psychological Science and Education], 2016. 21(4), 75–82. (In Russian, abstract in English.)
Slayter, E. (2016) By any means necessary: Infusing social injustice content into statistics courses. Journal of Social Work Education. Published online first, volume and issue to be determined, see: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10437797.2016.1237912.
Slayter, E. (2016). Foster care outcomes for youth with intellectual disabilities. Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities. 54(5), 299-315.
Slayter, E. (2016). Youth with disabilities in the United States child welfare system. Children and Youth Services Review. 64: 155-165.
Slayter, E. (2016). Disparities in Substance Abuse Treatment Utilization Among Women with Intellectual Disability. Journal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation. 15(2):96-115.
2018-present: Professor of Social Work, Salem State University
2017: Fellow, Summer Research Institute, National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
2017: Finalist, Distinguished Teaching Award, Salem State University, Salem, Mass.
2013: Fellow, Advanced Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Mass.
2012-2018: Associate Professor of Social Work, Salem State University, Salem, Mass.
2011: Visiting Professor, Maastricht University, Maastricht, Netherlands
2010: Early Career Trainee and Lecturer, Winter Institute on Community Based Participatory Research, National Institute of Mental Health
2008: Early Career Trainee, Spring Research Institute on Community-Partnered Suicide Prevention, National Institute of Mental Health
2006-2012: Assistant Professor of Social Work, Salem State University, Salem, Mass.
2004-2005: American Fellow, American Association of University Women
2000-2003: Pre-Doctoral Trainee, National Institute of Alcoholism and
Alcohol Abuse (N.I.A.A.A.), National Institutes of Health