Heather Howard

Faculty Member Heather HowardAssistant Professor of Social Work
Email: hhoward@wheelock.edu
Phone: 401-486-0805
Office: ACW Social Work Suite

Educational Degrees

BA, Psychology and English, Boston College
MSW, Boston College
PhD, Simmons College

Heather Howard is dedicated to teaching students to become social justice-based social workers. Her research and practice interests are gender-specific, creating trauma-informed care for women that reduces stigma and encourages empowerment in the health care system. She is currently the coordinator of the social work Graduate Certificate in Integrated Healthcare. She is also a perinatal social worker at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence, RI, and has clinically supervised several Wheelock graduate interns.

Selected Publications

  • Howard, H. (2015). Reducing stigma: Lessons from opioid dependent women, Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 15(4), 418-438. doi: 10.1080/1533256X.2015.1091003.
  • Howard, H. (2015). Experiences of opioid dependent women in their prenatal and postpartum care: Implications for social workers in health care, Journal of Social Work in Health Care, published online December 31, 1-25. doi: 10.1080/00981389.2015.1078427.

Selected Presentations

  • National Perinatal Association Neonatal Abstinence 2015 Symposium: Pregnant Women, Drug Use, and NAS; Experts share the science and strategies that help women, babies, and their families

Courses Taught

  • Dynamics of Oppression & Privilege
  • Working with Children & Families in Social Work Practice
  • Integrative Seminar

Research Interests and Projects

  • Connie Howes gender-specific research grant, "Developing a brief computerized intervention to be utilized after sexual assaults designed to decrease PTSD symptoms, unhealthy substance use, and adherence to medical follow-up." (Constance A. Howes Women's Health Innovation Research Fund)
  • Chapter community grant award from RI March of Dimes, mixed-methods research study, "Interprofessional-shared decision making for pregnant women with substance use: Collaborative and compassionate care for the mother-infant dyad.

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