Our faculty are recognized nationally and internationally for their research and practice. Dedicated to mentorship, these scholars, clinicians, scientists, and leaders draw on diverse disciplines—from social work and sociology to public health, epidemiology, and neuroscience—in their teaching and work.

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Faculty Expertise

Current faculty members conduct research that promotes maternal and child well-being, reduces mental health disparities, and improves our understanding of how policies and public services impact low-wage workers, refugees, and immigrants. Their expertise spans areas such as food security in resource-poor households, parenting and male caregiving, the effects of longer working lives, social-behavioral responses to environmental changes, and more. 


Global Practice

Theresa S. Betancourt
Salem Professor in Global Practice

Research interests include the developmental and psychosocial consequences of concentrated adversity on children, youth and families; resilience and protective processes in child and adolescent mental health and child development; refugee families; and applied cross-cultural mental health research.

Rocío Calvo

Latinx Communities

Rocío Calvo

Using a community-centered approach in the design and implementation of interventions that address the needs identified by the community, Professor Calvo's research focuses on understanding how to improve access to social services for diverse Latinx populations (especially in health care and education).

Samuel Bradley, Jr.

Workplace Equity

Samuel Bradley, Jr.
Assistant Professor

Expertise lies in diversity and inclusion, public health, and program innovation. He is particularly passionate about utilizing design thinking as a strategy for developing innovation in higher education as well as leveraging higher education programs to support community outcomes in marginalized communities.

Meet Our Faculty

Our renowned faculty are researchers and scholars as well as practicing clinicians, policymakers, and nonprofit directors who specialize in a variety of critical topics such as mental health, global migration, child protection, and productive aging.

Robin Warsh


Alejandro Olayo-Méndez

Assistant Professor

Summer Sherburne Hawkins

Associate Professor

Tyrone M. Parchment

Assistant Professor

Scott Easton

Associate Professor

Theresa S. Betancourt

Salem Professor in Global Practice

Rocío Calvo


Jessica M. Black

Assistant Professor

Faculty News

Featured News Publications

CBS News 

Boston College professor creates program to help Black teens with Autism improve mental health
Ed-Dee G. Williams, Assistant professor

BBC News

Many children must live with the trauma of war. Here's how to help them
Theresa S. Betancourt, Salem Professor in Global Practice

Hispanic Outlook on Education

The Latinx Leadership Initiative at Boston College School of Social Work
Rocío Calvo, Professor and Director, Latinx Leadership Initiative


Get to Know Our Newest Faculty

Ed-Dee G. Williams
Assistant professor

Karen Bullock
Louise McMahon Ahearn Endowed Professor

Whitney Irie
Assistant professor

William Byansi
Assistant professor

Carolina Vélez-Grau
Assistant professor

Carolyn Romano
Assistant professor of Practice

Research at BCSSW

As an R1-designated research university, Boston College has abundant connections and affiliations that catalyze research partnerships with human service providers (such as health care institutions, community organizations, nonprofits, schools, and government offices) throughout Greater Boston and in Mexico, Venezuela, Rwanda, India, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Nepal.

Our PhD and MSW students partner with BCSSW faculty on myriad shared research interests and research projects. Current faculty members conduct research that promotes maternal and child well-being, reduces mental health disparities, and improves our understanding of how policies and public services impact low-wage workers, refugees, and immigrants. 

Our researchers are committed to fully engaging with people to understand their lived experiences to co-design the most effective interventions and programs. From our various labs, centers, and research programs, our faculty focus their attention on communities that experience disproportionate social, health, and economic disparities around the globe.

Impact Reports

Serving Latinx Communities: Our Collective Response

The demand for social workers trained to respond to the needs and aspirations identified by Latinx communities, from culturally and linguistically appropriate social services to accessible mental health and healthcare, is urgent. Through award-winning academic programs and research, the BCSSW has established a community-centered approach to meet these aspirations and needs.

Crisis Migration: Our Collective Response

Ten faculty members in the Boston College School of Social Work are working to address the compound needs of migrants who have been forced to flee their homes because of war, natural disasters, political upheaval, and other problems around the world.

Commitment to Equity, Justice, and Inclusion

Faculty Diversity *

* Percentage of faculty who self-identify as AHANA (African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Native American)

The Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture Series, which launched in 2007, is named in honor of Elaine Pinderhughes, a professor emerita of the School of Social Work whose seminal research revealed that race, ethnicity, and power strongly influence how social workers interact with clients. The series has featured doctors, anthropologists, and journalists, among others, who have reflected on topics like poverty, racism, and same-sex marriage.

Engaging in place-based work and transcending disciplines to tackle complex social problems amplifies and strengthens the contributions of the School of Social Work. When we are in partnership with communities and with scholars from across our universities, our work not only has translational impact, but solutions to the world’s most complex problems are within closer reach.
Gautam N. Yadama, Dean

Faculty Books

Research With Impact

Our faculty are engaged in research that improves peoples' lives, from former child soldiers in Sierra Leone, to homeless families in Massachusetts. Read more about the projects taking place in Boston and around the world. 

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