Shelley Steenrod

Professional Details

Title Professor
Department School of Social Work
Office Lafayette Annex 205
Phone 978.542.7008
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Recent and Upcoming Courses

SWK 102 Social Welfare Past and Present
SWK 103 Professionalism, Communication and Ethics in Social Work
SWK 200 Social Services Volunteer Practice
SWK 455A Understanding Substance Use Disorders
SWK 510 Directed Study in the Generalist Approach
SWK 798 Advanced Standing Field Education I and Integrated Seminar I
SWK 799 Advanced Standing Field Education II and Integrated Seminar II
SWK 841 Field Education III & Integrated Seminar III
SWK 842 Field Education IV & Integrated Seminar IV

Professional Biography

Shelley Steenrod, Ph.D., LICSW is a substance abuse and addictions specialist with clinical, policy, and academic credentials. Dr. Steenrod received her doctorate from the Heller School for Social Welfare Policy at Brandeis University where she was a National Institute for Alcohol and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Trainee. She also holds a master in social work degree from Boston University. Dr. Steenrod is a Professor at Salem State College School of Social Work where she teaches substance abuse and other social work courses. As a licensed clinical social worker, Dr. Steenrod has direct experience working with individuals, groups and families with substance abuse problems.  Dr. Steenrod works with state and federal policy makers to improve services for substance abusing individuals especially women, cultural and ethnic minorities and individuals with co-occurring mental illness. Dr. Steenrod is currently a Behavioral Health Fellow with the Alcohol and Other Drugs Education Program (ADEP) at Boston University.   Her other academic interests are international adoption and child welfare.  

Professional Interests

1) Substance Use Disorders; 2) International Adoption; 3) Child Welfare 


Teaching, research and service to the university and larger community.  

Selected Publications

Steenrod, S. (2017).  Escaping from a harsh reality: Women and substance use disorder.  In S. Butler- Mokoro & L. Grant (Eds.), Feminist perspectives on social work practice. New York:  Oxford University Press.

Steenrod, S. [Editorial] (2017, January 22). Program hits home in targeting addicts and their children.  Boston Globe, Retrieved 1/23/17 at    

Steenrod, S. and Mirick, R. (2016). Substance use disorders within child welfare:  Substance use disorders and referral to treatment in substantiated cases of child maltreatment.  Child and Family Social Work

Steenrod, S. (2016).  [A review of the book: God and Jetfire: Confessions of a Birth Mother], The New Social Worker, 23(3), 34. 

Mirick, R. and Steenrod, S. (2016).  Using attachment theory to guide child welfare intervention.  Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal, 33(6), 547-557

Steenrod, S. [Editorial] (2016, April 4).  Optimism in the chaos of addiction.  Salem News, Retrieved 4/4/16 at

Steenrod, S. (2015).  [A review of the book:  Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America].  The New Social Worker, 22(2), 30 – 31. 

Steenrod, S. [Editorial] (2014, June 22).  How New England can combat opiate addiction.  New Hampshire Union Leader, Retrieved 7/22/14 at

Steenrod, S. (2014).  Screening, brief intervention and referral to Treatment:  What Social Workers need to Know.   The New Social Worker, 21(3), 16 - 18

Steenrod, S. (2014).  Creating families for children (not children for families).  The New Social Worker, 21(2), 12 - 14.   

Steenrod, S. (2013).  [A review of the book Clean: Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy.]  Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 13(4), 373-374.

Steenrod, S. (2010).  Substance abuse education: Perceived competence of field instructors on substance abuse.  Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 10(4), 363-376.

Steenrod, S. (2010, June 21). One way or another: Time for Salem to deal with problem of heroin addiction [Letter to the editor].  Salem News.  Retrieved from:

Steenrod, S. (2010, September 2).  There is indeed value to academic degree [Letter to the editor].   Boston Globe.   Retrieved from:

Steenrod, S. (2009).  A functional guide to evidence-based practices for publicly-funded substance abuse treatment agencies.   Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 9(4), 353-465.

Steenrod, S. (2009). [A review of the books Beautiful Boy: A father’s journey through his son’s addiction and Tweak: Growing up on methamphetamines.] Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 9(3).   

Slayter, E. & Steenrod, S.  (2009). Addressing alcohol and drug issues among individuals with mental retardation:  the need for cross-system collaboration.  Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 9(1), 71-90. 

Steenrod, S.  (2009). The interface between non-specialty and specialty substance abuse treatment sectors:  navigating the terrain in social work. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 9(1) 3- 20.

 Steenrod, S. & Pugatch, M.  (2008).  Substance abuse group parent workbook for the adolescent substance abuse program, Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research, Children’s Hospital Boston.  


Selected Presentations

Steenrod, S. & Mirick, R. (2016).  The Epidemic of Opiate Addiction: Implications for Child Welfare.  NASW-MA Symposium, April 8, Framingham, MA.

Steenrod, S. & Goldman, S. (2016).  Effective supervision in the education of human service workers.  NASW-MA Symposium, April 7, Framingham, MA.

Steenrod, S. & Mirick, R. (2015). The Epidemic of Opioid Addiction.  Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting.  October 18, Denver, CO.  

Steenrod, S. (2014).  Beyond “How old is she?”  The multiple dimensions of age in international adoption. Joint Council on International Children’s Services Conference, April 4, San Francisco, CA.

Steenrod, S (2011). Treatment protocols: Recipe or ingredient of quality care.  Treating the Addictions Conference, Harvard Medical School, March 14, Boston, MA. 

Steenrod, S. (2010).  Perceived competence of supervisors to educate students on substance use treatment.  Sixth International Interdisciplinary Conference on Clinical Supervision.  Adelphi University, Garden City, NY.  

Steenrod, S. (2008).   Supervision and substance abuse treatment in social work field education.  Presentation at the Council on Social Work Education.  November 1, Philadelphia, PA.


Personal Interests

Theater, books, cooking, nature.