Elspeth Slayter


Professional Details

Title Professor
Department School of Social Work
Office Lafayette Annex 009
Phone 978.542.6610
Email elspeth.slayter@salemstate.edu
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Recent and Upcoming Courses

SWK 335 Social Policy: Theory and Analysis
SWK 373 Selected Topics in Social Work
SWK 707 Evidence-based Social Work
SWK 717 Forensic Social Work Advocacy & Case Management
SWK 833 Child, Youth and Family Policy
SWK 838 Health and Behavioral Health Policy in Child, Youth and Family Services
SWK 867 Social Work Practice With People With Disabilities
SWK 869 Evaluation Research in the Human Services

Professional Biography

Dr. Slayter is a Professor in the School of Social Work who does disability services research related to addictions and child welfare.  

She teaches social welfare policy, research, evaluation, disability practice and forensic social work courses at Salem State since 2005. Dr. Slayter has also taught  practice evaluation at Simmons University's School of Social Work, introductory social welfare policy at Boston College’s School of Social Work and a course on qualitative research methods for public policy research at the United Nations University-MERIT program in the Netherlands. 

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.

Prior to her doctoral work, between 1995-2000, 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 Dr. Slayter 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. Dr. Slayter also 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’s research has been published in a range of peer-reviewed journals.  Additionally, Dr. Slayter has presented her research at a range of domestic and international conferences in both sociology, social work, psychology and public health.

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Professional Interests

Dr. Slayter’s research agenda addresses addiction treatment and child welfare services research related to people with disabilities in the following areas:

–Implementation of the “dignity of risk” concept for people with disabilities in community life

–Access to care, quality of care and pathways to and through addiction treatment and child welfare services for people with disabilities in the United States

–Human service workforce development in the disability and child welfare sectors

–Child protection social work with immigrant children and families in the United States (with Dr. Katrin Kriz, Emmanuel College)

Responsibilities

2018-Present, Chair, Graduate Curriculum Committee, School of Social Work, Salem State University

2017-Present, Columnist, Social Work Helper (www.socialworkhelper.com)

2015-Present, Member, Working Group on Racial Justice, Salem State University, Salem, MA

2015-2017 Chair, Institutional Review Board, Salem State University, Salem, MA

2015-2019 Chair, Assessment Task Force, School of Social Work, Salem State University, Salem, MA

2016-2019 Chair, Research Sequence, Curriculum Committee, School of Social Work, Salem State University, Salem, MA

2016-2017 Member, Faculty Search Committee, School of Social Work, Salem State University, Salem, MA

2015-2017 Member, Policy Panel for People with Disabilities, National Association of Social Workers, Washington, DC

2014-2019 Chair, Technology Committee, School of Social Work, Salem State  University, Salem, MA

2010-2012: Member, National Council on Disability and Persons with Disabilities, Council on Social Work Education, Washington, DC

2009-2011: Member, Human Rights Committee, The Northeast Arc, Danvers, MA

2008-2010:  Member, Task Force on Maximizing Social Worker Safety, National Association of Social Workers - Massachusetts Chapter, Boston, MA

2009-present: Manuscript Reviewer, American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; Women's Health Issues, Journal of Public Child Welfare & Children & Youth Services Review; Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Journal of Behavioral Health Services Research; Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

2006-2012:  Reviewer for research and evaluation track, Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Annual Program Meeting

2003-2010:  Reviewer for disability section, American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting

Selected Publications

Johnson, L., Slayter, E. and Livingstone, A. (2020-in press). Disability, race and ethnicity: An exploration of adoption outcomes among foster children. Adoption Quarterly.

Slayter, E. and Jensen, J. (2019). Parents with intellectual disabilities in the child protection system. Children & Youth Services Review. 98: 297-304.

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. 35(12):1505-1511.

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. 56(3): 309-317.

Lindley, L. and Slayter, E. (2018a). End-of-life trends and patterns among children in the US foster care system: 2005-2015.  Death Studies. 43(4): 248-259.

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. 

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.

Slayter, E. and Križ, K. (2015). “A lot of my families are scared and won’t reach out:” Fear factors and their effects on child protection practice with undocumented immigrant families.  Journal of Public Child Welfare. 9(3), 299-321.

Lightfoot, E. and Slayter, E.  (2014).  Risk factors for child welfare involvement amongst parents with disabilities. Children and Youth Services Review. 47(P3), 283-290.

Zelnick, J., Slayter E., Flanzbaum, B, Ginty, N., Dominguez, B. and Trust, C. (2013).  Part of the job? Workplace violence and social workers.  Health and Social Work. 38 (2) 75-85. 

Kriz, K., Slayter E., Iannicelli, A. and J. Lourie (2012). Fear management: How child protection workers engage with non-citizen immigrant families. Children and Youth Services Review. 34(1), 316-323.

Slayter, E. (2011). Adults with Dual Eligibility for Medicaid and Medicare: Access to Substance Abuse Treatment. Journal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation. 10(2), 67-81.

Slayter, E. and Springer, C. (2011) Child Welfare-Involved Youth With Intellectual Disabilities: Pathways Into and Placements in Foster Care. Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities. 49(1), 423-429.

Slayter, E. (2010). Medicaid-Covered Alcohol and Drug Treatment Use Among People With Intellectual Disabilities: Evidence of Disparities. Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities. 48(5), 312-330.

Slayter, E. (2010). Demographic and Clinical Characteristics of People With Intellectual Disabilities With and Without Substance Abuse Disorders in a Medicaid Population. Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities. 48(6), 462-473.

Slayter, E. (2010). Not Immune: Access to Substance Abuse Treatment Among Medicaid-Covered Youth With Mental Retardation. Journal of Disability Policy Studies. 20(4), 195-204.

Slayter, E. (2010). Disparities in Access to Substance Abuse Treatment Among People with Intellectual Disabilities and Serious Mental Illness. Heath and Social Work. 35(1), 49-60.

Slayter, E. (2009). Intimate Partner Violence Against Women with Disabilities: Implications for Disability Service System Case Management Practice. Journal of Maltreatment, Aggression and Trauma. 18(2), 182-199.

Slayter, E. and Steenrod, S. (2009). Addressing Alcohol and Drug Addiction Among People with Mental Retardation: A Need for Cross-System Collaboration. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions. 9(1), 71-90.

Slayter, E. (2008). Understanding and Overcoming Barriers to Substance Abuse Treatment Access for People with Mental Retardation. Journal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation. 7(2), 63-80.

Slayter, E. (2007) Substance Abuse and Mental Retardation: Balancing Risk Management with the Dignity of Risk. Families in Society: Journal of Contemporary Human Services. 88(4), 651-659.

Slayter, E., Garnick, D., Kubisiak, J., Bishop, C., Gilden, D. and Hakim, R. (2006) Injury prevalence among children and adolescents with mental retardation. Mental Retardation. 44(3), 212-233.

Selected Presentations

Johnson, L., Ogunbona, L. and Slayter, E. (2019). Putting on new lenses: Applying cultural humility and intersectionality to work with children and families. Youth at Risk Conference. Salem, Massachusetts.  May 31, 2019.

Johnson, L., Ogunbona, L. and Slayter, E.(2019). Tools for building resiliency: Drawing on cultural humility and intersectionality in work with children and families. Center for Childhood and Youth Studies Symposium. Salem, Massachusetts.  April 1, 2019.

Johnson, L., Slayter, E. and Livingstone, A. (2018). Locating the intersections of disability, race and ethnicity: An exploration of family reunification outcomes. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting 2018. Orlando, Florida.

Slayter, E. (2017). Evidence of disparities: Youth with disabilities in the American child welfare system.  International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) European Regional Meeting 2017: The Hague, Netherlands.

Slayter, E., Telitsyna, A. and Semya, G. (2017). A cross-national comparison of private-public collaboration for supporting child welfare-involved youth with disabilities.  International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) European Regional Meeting 2017: The Hague, Netherlands.

Slayter, E. Keynote Presentation: Weaving together addictions and developmental disabilities, the "other" dual diagnosis.  33rd Annual Conference of the National Association of Dual Diagnosis (NADD), Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

Slayter, E. and Copersino, M. (2016). Substance use disorder among people with developmental disabilities.  10th Annual North Shore Link Conference, Danvers, MA.

Byrne, M., Leisey, M., Slayter, E., Springer, C. (2014, May). Preparing Social Work Leaders: integrating the big and little “L” across the Curriculum. Panel presentation at the 25th Annual Network for Social Work Management Conference. Boston, MA: Simmons College. 

Zelnick, J. and Slayter, E. (2011, November) Part of the job? Workplace violence in Massachusetts social service agencies. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting: Social Work Section. Washington, DC.

Slayter, E., Blue, M. Stone, L. and Springer, C. (2011, October).  Suicidality in child protection settings: Implications for social work education. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting. Atlanta, GA.

Neely-Barnes, S., Tijerina, M., Trawler, K., Slayter, E., Rolf, K. (2011, October).  Accommodating students with disabilities in field practica: Challenges and strategies. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting. Atlanta, GA.

Byrne, M., Slayter, E., Masshardt, C. and Springer, C. (2011, October). Moving beyond supervisory leadership: Fostering alternative leadership skills among child protection workers. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting. Atlanta, GA.

Lightfoot, E., Bricout, J., Cramer, E., Parish, S., Plummer, S., Putnam, M. and Slayter, E. (2011, January).  Methodological, logistical and ethical issues in research related to people with disabilities: A roundtable. Society for Social Work and Research. Tampa, FL.

Slayter, E. and Kriz, K. (2011, January). "It wasn't ice to break, it was icebergs:" Fear management in child protection practice with immigrant families. Society for Social Work and Research. Tampa, FL.

Slayter, E. (2010, November). Suicidality and help-seeking behaviors among young adults with disabilities: Implications for suicide prevention. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting: Social Work Section. Denver, CO.

Kriz, K. and Slayter, E. (2010, November). The globalization of emotion work: Fear management in child welfare practice with immigrant families. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting: Social Work Section. Denver, CO.

Slayter, E. and Springer, C. (2010, October) Cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analyses in child welfare education research: A roundtable. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting. Portland, OR.

Slayter, E. (2010, July). Permanency planning and foster care outcomes for children with and without intellectual disabilities. 3rd National Research Conference on Child and Family Programs and Policy, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA.

Slayter, E. and K. Kriz.  When family caregiving responsibilities are transnational: Implications for social service programming with new immigrants to the United States. 3rd National Research Conference on Child and Family Programs and Policy, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA.

Kriz, K. and Slayter, E. (2010, November). The globalization of emotion work: Fear management in child welfare practice with immigrant families. Eastern Sociological Society, Boston, MA.

Slayter, E. (2009, November).  Access to dental care among people with cognitive disabilities. American Public Health Association: Social Work Section. Philadelphia, PA.

Slayter, E. (2009, October).  Demystifying Medicaid claims data for use in health/behavioral health services program evaluation. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting. San Antonio, TX.

Personal Interests

Working hard to maintain my tentative Turkish, rusty Russian, finicky French and so-so Spanish language skills!