Associate Professor, Health & Mental Health
Chair, Health and Mental Health
Scott D. Easton, PhD, joined the Boston College School of Social Work (BCSSW) faculty in 2011 and currently serves as the chair of the Health and Mental Health Concentration. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Easton worked as a therapist or counselor in several settings (public social services 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.
Dr. Easton's research has primarily focused on understanding risk and protection factors for mental health outcomes of adults who experienced adverse childhood experiences (ACE) such as sexual abuse. He partnered with three national survivor organizations in conducting the largest study to date on adult male survivors of sexual abuse (2010 Health and Well-being Survey). This study resulted in numerous peer-reviewed publications in leading scholarly journals on topics such as disclosure patterns, trauma processing, suicidality, and post-traumatic growth. His program of research was profiled in a video module as part of the series BC Talks Aging
His scholarly endeavors have been funded through the John A. Hartford Foundation (Doctoral Fellowship Program), the Boston College Institute on Aging, and the Boston College Office of the Provost. A recent Boston College grant supported a project entitled, "Understanding Identity Changes among Survivors of Clergy Sexual Abuse." He has also received federal funding through an R03 Award from the National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health (R03AG048768): "Population Analysis of Male Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse at Mid and Late Life."
Because of his clinical experience and scholarly expertise, 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 boards of the Journal of Loss and Trauma and Psychology of Men and Masculinity, the CSWE National Task Force on Advanced Social Work in Trauma. and the advisory committee of the Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Social Work. He regularly presents at national and international research conferences and has consulted governmental and non-governmental organizations in Australia, Israel, Palestine, Mexico, and Canada.
Dr. Easton's secondary area of research includes social welfare policies of the Middle East and the acculturation of Arab-Americans. After graduating from Harvard College, he received a Rockefeller Fellowship to conduct research on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in Jerusalem and volunteer at a rehabilitation center in the West Bank. Partnering with a colleague at al-Quds University (Jerusalem), Dr. Easton is currently leading a major research project entitled, "Public Sector Social Workers in the Occupied Palestinian Territories." He has also served as the Director of Media and Public Relations for the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee in Washington, DC.