Ruth McRoy

Donahue and DiFelice Professor of Social Work

Co-Director, RISE3


Dr. Ruth McRoy is the Donahue and DiFelice Professor of Social Work at Boston College. Her teaching focuses on the History and Philosophy of American Social Welfare and Contemporary Issues in Adoption and Foster Care. Her research and scholarship has focused on many topics including racial disproportionality in child welfare, family preservation, kinship care, openness in adoptions, adoptive family recruitment and retention, minority recruitment, racial identity development, transracial adoptions, older child adoptions, and post-adoption services. She has published over 100 journal articles, book chapters, and twelve books, including: Transracial and Inracial Adoptees: The Adolescent Years (with L. Zurcher); Special Needs Adoptions: Practice Issues, Openness in Adoption: Family Connections (with H. Grotevant); Challenging Racial Disproportionality in Child Welfare (with Deborah Green, Kathleen Belanger, and Lloyd Bullard); Intersecting Child Welfare, Substance Abuse and Family Violence: Culturally Competent Approaches (with R. Fong, and C. Ortiz-Hendricks); Building Research Culture and Infrastructure (with J. Flanzer & J. Zlotnik); and Transracial and Intercountry Adoptions: Culturally Sensitive Guidance for Professionals (with Rowena Fong). She has served on the Society for Social Work and Research Board, and as Chair of the CSWE Commission on Diversity and Social and Economic Justice. Currently, she is a Member and Fellow in the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW), is Program Chair and on the Board of Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Boston, on the Advisory Board of the CSWE Diversity Center; and is a member of the Board of the National Center on Adoption and Permanency (NCAP).