Instructor of Social Work
Office: ACW 305K
B.A. Psychology and English, Boston College
MSW, Boston College
PhD (c) Simmons College
Heather Howard has been dedicated to strengthening and empowering families to live safe and healthy lives since the beginning of her career. Her area of clinical expertise is working with children and adults with trauma histories. Other areas of clinical expertise are living and coping with chronic illness, crisis work, and death and dying issues. Her current clinical practice is working with women with trauma histories, substance abuse disorders, and prenatal and post-partum depression.
In addition, she has taught Social Work Research and strives to create a co-learning and interactive process that is transformative and encourages critical thinking. She has given several presentations on practicing self-care to prevent compassion fatigue and secondary traumatic stress. Finally, she has been a guest lecturer in an advanced group work class discussing group work with clients with substance abuse disorders.
Currently, she is conducting her dissertation research on the decision-making process of pregnant women dependent on prescription opioids during their prenatal and post-partum care. Additionally, her manuscript titled, "Critical race feminist perspective: The intersectionality of an underprivileged woman of color and a white clinician/researcher in an urban obstetrical gynecology clinic" is under review. Another manuscript under review is "Pregnancy and prescription painkillers: What makes change possible?"Personally, her family is devoted to a partnership with an organization in Nairobi, Kenya, that serves, educates, and provides medical care for children and their families in Mathare Village.