Cassandra Clay

Cassandra ClayClinical Professor
Chair, Clinical Practice
Phone: 617-353-3752


M.S.W. (social work), Boston University School of Social Work
M.Ed. (education), University of Massachusetts

Courses Taught

CP781   Clinical Social Work Assessment and Intervention
CP798   Advanced Clinical Practice with Adults
HB735   Implications of Racism

Scholarly and Practice Interests

Substance abuse; child welfare; youth development; and culturally responsible practice

Selected Publications

Amodeo, M., Griffin, M.L., Fassler, I. Clay, C.M., & Ellis, M.A. (in press). Coping with stressful events: influence of parental alcoholism and race in a community sample of women.  Health and Social Work.

Amodeo, M., Griffin, M.L., Fassler, I., Clay, C.M., & Ellis, M.A. (2006). Childhood sexual abuse among black and white women from two-parent families. Child Maltreatment, 11(3), 237-246.

Griffin, M. L. Amodeo, M., Clay, C.M , Fassler, I., & Ellis, M. (2006). Racial differences in social support: Kin vs. Friends. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 76(3), 374-380.

Griffin, M.L., Amodeo, M., Fassler, I., Ellis, M., & Clay, C.M. (2005) Mediating factors for the long-term effects of parental alcoholism in women: The contribution of other childhood stresses and resources. The American Journal of Addictions,14,18-34.

Clay, C.M., Ellis, M.A., Griffin, M.L., Amodeo, M., Fassler, I.R., (in press). Black women and white women: Do perceptions of childhood family environment differ?, Family Process.

Fassler, I.R., Amodeo, M., Griffin, M.L., Clay, C.M., & Ellis, M.A. (2005). Predicting long-term outcomes for women sexually abused in childhood: Contribution of abuse severity versus family environment. Child Abuse & Neglect, 29(3), 269-284.

Collins, M.E., Curley, A., Clay, C.M., &Lara, R. (2005). Evaluation of social services programming in a mixed income housing development. Evaluation and ProgramPlanning.

Clay, C.M., Ellis, M.A., Amodeo, M., Fassler, I., & Griffin, M. (2003). Recruiting a community sample of african american subjects: The nuts and bolts of a successful effort. Families in Society, 84 (3), 396-404.

Zimmerman, L., Amodeo, M., Fassler, I.R., Ellis, M.A., Clay, C. M. (2003). Training child welfare team leaders using the SPIN leadership guidance model. Children and Youth Services Review, Vol. 25(11): 891-910.

Selected Grant Activity

Massachusetts Youth Transitioning from Child Welfare to Independent Living, 2006.Co-Investigator. Funded by the Massachusetts Youth Transitioning to Independent Living Task Force

National Multi-Site Evaluation of Child Welfare Training Grants, 2003 – 2006. Co-Investigator. Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children and Families.

Resident Services: Utilization, Satisfaction, and Relation to Outcome-Year 3 Resident Survey, 2003 – 2004. Co-Principal Investigator. Funded by Department of Housing and Urban Development/Mission Main Resident Services Corporation.

Professional Education for Current Public Child Welfare Agency Staff, 2003 – 2008. Co-Principal Investigator. Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.

Consulting and Professional Activities

Board Member, United South End Settlement House Board of Directors, 1991-Present.

Board Member, Institute for Health and Recovery, 2003-Present.

Member, National Association of Social Workers ATOD Specialty Group, 2003-Present

Awards and Honors

Minority Faculty Fellow, National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA), 1999-2002

National Association of Social Workers, Massachusetts Chapter
Greatest Contribution to Social Work Education Award, 2003

Boston University School of Social Work
Greatest Contribution to the School of Social Work Award, 2003

Licensing and Certification

Academy of Certified Social Workers (A.C.S.W.)

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker State of Massachusetts #104687 (L.I.C.S.W.)