Department of Psychology

Dr. Sally Booth

Assistant Professor

Director, Social Work Program
  • Ph.D., Simmons Graduate School of Social Work
  • M.S.W. Boston College Graduate School of Social Work
  • Ed.M. Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • B.A., Bates College


  • clinical practice with children and adults
  • teaching and learning as collaborative practice
  • the experience of parenting
  • attachment in the context of foster care and adoption


Sally Booth has been working at being teacher and student for most of her life. When she was ten years old she set up a classroom and library in the basement of her family’s home and recruited her friends and siblings as students and borrowers. Since those days she has added being a social worker, therapist, wife and parent to those early roles. She attended Bates College where she majored in English. At the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she completed a Masters in Education, her interest in working children and families became increasingly compelling. As a caseworker at The New England Home for Little Wanderers in Boston, MA her interest in the experience of foster care and adoption, for both children and parents, grew. Also during this time she obtained her MSW from Boston College. For the past 15 years she has combined clinical practice with children, families and adults with teaching. Currently, she is completing her doctoral dissertation on the experiences of mothers of children with Asperger Syndrome.

Academic Philosophy

My goal as a teacher is to make the learning process an interactive one in which students are active participants. My own experience as a student has been that I learn the most when I am fully engaged in becoming aware of what I already know (or think I know) and open to the ways that other (fellow students, teachers, clients and researchers and others) can help me to learn more. As a teacher I work to create these kinds of learning opportunities for my students through the use of reflective and analytic reading, discussion and writing.