Elspeth M Slayter

Elspeth M Slayter

Professional Details

Title: Associate Professor
Office: AB-009
Phone: 978-542-7459
Email: elspeth.slayter@salemstate.edu
Resume: Elspeth M Slayter [DOC 91KB]

Fall & Winter Courses

Cat. # Term Course # Title
2042 S1 SWK707 Research for Social Work Practice
3160 S4 SWK855 Designing Social Work Research

Professional Biography

Dr. Slayter is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work who conducts research related to disability and child welfare services.  She has taught both social policy, internship seminar and research courses at Salem State since 2005. Dr. Slayter obtained both a master's and doctoral degree in social 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.  Dr. Slayter has also received training in Community-Based Participatory Research from the National Institutes of Mental Health.

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).

Professional Interests

Dr. Slayter's research agenda addresses disability and child welfare services research in the following areas:

--Implementation of the "dignity of risk" concept for people with disabilities

--Access to care, quality of care and pathways to and through health and social care 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)

Dr. Slayter's research has been published in a range of peer-reviewed journals (see selected publications, below).  Additionally, Dr. Slayter has presented her research at a range of domestic and international conferences in both sociology, social work, psychology and public health.

Responsibilities

Dr. Slayter has taught in the areas of social policy and research methods (introductory and advanced) and field education. While at Salem State, Dr. Slayter has developed and taught courses on social work with people with disabilities and child, youth and family policy. Each year, Dr. Slayter teaches a child welfare-specific applied research course for MSW students employed as child protection caseworkers. Additionally, Dr. Slayter is a regular guest lecturer in bachelor's level social work courses. Since 2006, Dr. Slayter has conducted a range of technical and research assistance activities for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families in lieu of one course per semester.  In the past, Dr. Slayter has also taught introductory social welfare policy as an adjunct instructor 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. 

Within the School of Social Work at Salem State, Dr. Slayter is the chair of the research sequence, former chair and current member of the School of Social Work's curriculum committee and a member of the School of Social Work's technology committee. Dr. Slayter also chaired the ad-hoc doctoral program committee in summer and fall 2012. 

OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

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.

2009-2011: Manuscript Reviewer, 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

2006-present:  Manuscript Reviewer, Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities, 2006-present,              Reviewer for research and evaluation track, Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Annual Program Meeting

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

Selected Publications

PUBLISHED:

Lightfoot, L. and Slayter, E. (In Press). Disentangling Overrepresentation of Parents with Disabilities in the Child Welfare System: Exploring Child Maltreatment Risk Factors of Parents with Disabilities.  Children and Youth Services Review.  Volume and Issue to be determined.

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. Volume and issue to be determined. 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.

UNDER PEER REVIEW:

Slayter, E.  Teaching Note: By Any Means Necessary: Infusing Social Injustice Content Into Statistics Courses.  Journal of Social Work Education.

Slayter E., Lightfoot, E. and Leisey, M.  Intimate partner violence amongst transitional-aged women with disabilities: Policy and practice implications.  Violence Against Women.

Slayter, E.  Suicidality and Help-Seeking Among Transitional-Aged Youth with Disabilities: A Population-Based Study.  Journal of Disability Policy Studies.

Selected Presentations

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.

Calhoun, E., Gutierrez, D., Geoffroy, M. and Slayter, E. (2009, October). Understanding and supporting the needs of sexually exploited girls involved in child protection services: "The more you know, the harder it is." Prostitution, Sex Work and Human Trafficking: 6th Annual Conference, Toledo, OH. 

Slayter, E. (2009, May). Access to substance abuse treatment for youth with disabilities. Youth at Risk Conference, Endicott College, Beverly, MA.

Slayter, E. (2008, October). Disparities in treatment access for people with mental retardation and serious mental illness.  Council on Social Work Education, Philadelphia, PA.

Slayter, E. (2008, May). Access to substance abuse treatment for adults with autism.  International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), London, England.

Slayter, E. (2008, April).  Balancing risk management with the dignity of risk: A case management framework for social work practice in disability and addiction settings.  International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry & Allied Professions, Istanbul, Turkey.