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Why Dr. Dodd Became Involved


S. J. Dodd, Associate Professor of Social Work

I came out during my first year of undergrad when I still lived in England. I was one of only a handful of openly gay students at that time. Even in London gay bars were still at secret locations where you had to knock on the door and pass a cursory visual "check" to be permitted entry.

In graduate school, I chaired the LGBT caucus and was active in LGBT activities on campus. As a social worker, I volunteered running bereavement and other support groups both at AIDS Service Center and AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA). I also participated in a range of advocacy efforts for LGBT rights especially related to same sex marriage and immigration rights.

Now in New York, I serve as a consultant for Bailey House an organization that provides housing and support services to homeless people living with HIV. As an openly gay social work educator I actively encourage my students to be LGBT inclusive and affirming in their practice, which is consistent with social work ethics. I have been thrilled to serve as a founding member of the executive committee for the LGBT social science and Public Policy Center at Roosevelt House.

Current Work


In many ways teaching was my first love. My undergraduate degree is in education, and I moved to the United States to pursue my MSEd. When it came time to change careers, I taught college level courses in physical education whilst studying for my MSW and then transitioned to teaching social work courses during my Ph.D. While at USC my colleague and I developed the first human sexuality elective for the MSW program and I resurrected the human sexuality course here at Hunter. I currently teach social welfare policy, human sexuality, and research to our MSW students. I also teach social policy in the Social Welfare doctoral Program at the CUNY Graduate Center. I was honored to receive the 2012 Hunter College CUNY Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Research, Public Policy, and Creative Endeavors

I was the co-PI on a 3 year HHS OMH funded trauma-informed program aimed at reducing sexual risk behaviors and substance use in 8th grade students in East Harlem. I am also the program evaluator for the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections. My first book Practice Based Research in Social Work: A guide for Reluctant Researchers (with Irwin Epstein; Routledge Press) came out in 2012. In addition, I serve as a consulting editor for the Journal of Teaching in Social Work, Families in Society, Sexuality Research and Social Policy, and the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services. I have a special interest in issues affecting LGBTQ individuals and their families, and the ways in which heterocentric social policies perpetuate oppression and discrimination.


Dodd, S.J. & Epstein, I. (2012). Practice-Based Research in Social Work: A Guide for Reluctant Researchers. London: Routledge.

Wheeler, D. & Dodd, S.J. (2011). LGBTQ Capacity Building in Health Care Systems: A Social Work Imperative. Health and Social Work, 36,4, 307-309.

Dodd, S.J., Morse, J. & Mallon, G. (2010). Preparation for Adulthood – Supervising for Success. Training and Development in Human Services: The Journal of the National Staff Development and Training Association, 5, 1, 43-52.

Dodd, S.J. (2009). LGBTQ: Protecting Vulnerable Subjects in All Studies. In D. Mertons & P. Ginsberg (Eds.) Handbook of Social Science Research Ethics. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Dodd, S.J. & Meezan, W. (2009). Matching AIDS Service Organizations’ Philosophy of Service Provision with a Compatible Style of Program Evaluation. Handbook of Research with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations. W. Meezan and J. Martin (Eds.). New York: Harrington Park Press. (Revision of original, 2003).

Dodd, S.J. & Booker, L. (2008). Individual Practice with Lesbian Clients. In G. Mallon (Ed.) Social Work Practice with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Persons. New York: Haworth Press.

Booker, L. & Dodd, S. (2008). Social work Practice with Lesbian Couples. In G. Mallon (Ed.) Social Work Practice with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Persons. New York: Haworth Press.

Dodd, S.J. (2007). Identifying the Discomfort: An Examination of Ethical Issues Encountered by MSW Students During Field Placement. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 27, 1/2, 1-19.

Savage, A., Quiros, L., Dodd, S. J. & Bonavota, D. (2007). Building Trauma Informed Practice: Appreciating the impact of trauma in the lives of women with substance abuse and mental health problems. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 7, 1/2, 91-116.

Dodd, S.J. & Jansson, B.S. (2004) Expanding the boundaries of ethics education: Preparing social workers for ethical advocacy in hospital and other settings. Journal of Social Work Education, 40, 3, 455-465.

Dodd, S. J., Jansson, B. S., Brown-Saltzman, K., Shirk, M., Wunch, K. (2004). Expanding Nurses’ Participation in Ethics: An Empirical Examination of Ethical Assertiveness and Ethical Activism. Nursing Ethics, 11, 1, 15-27.

Dodd, S.J. & Rivera, H. P. (2003). Addition and Subtraction: Cost-Benefit Analysis as a Tool For Teaching Diversity Content in Social Policy. Social Policy Journal, 2, 2/3, 107-121.

Dodd, S.J. & Meezan, W. (2003). Matching AIDS Service Organizations’ Philosophy of Service Provision with a Compatible Style of Program Evaluation. An invited article for Research Methods with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Populations, a special issue of the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 15, 1/2, 163-180. Also reprinted as a Chapter in Research with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations.

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