School of Social Work Alumnae/i


Ever since Simmons opened the first school of social work in the United States in 1904, we have been pioneers in the field.

Today, students, faculty, and alumni are as devoted as ever to empowering society's most vulnerable members, promoting social justice, and protecting the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

To prepare for another century of service and leadership in the field of social work, SSW is focused on further strengthening our innovative programs, and making sure our extraordinary faculty has the resources needed to excel in teaching, research, and professional practice.

Simmons is determined to do more to help put our distinctive programs within the reach of the women and men who want to launch or enhance their social work careers.

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School of Social Work Alumnae/i in the News

Bishop Jeffrey Mello ’00 MSW

Simmons School of Social Work Alum Helps Bring Christianity out of the Closet

A recent CBS news segment chronicles the journeys of openly-gay bishops within the Episcopal Church. The story centers around trailblazer Bishop Gene Robinson, and also spotlights Jeffrey Mello ’00MSW, who became Bishop Diocesan in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut in 2022.

Gwen Child ’23MSW

Gwen Child ’23MSW: Empowering Holistic Healing at the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Social Detoxification Center, South Dakota

Gwen Child is a substance use and mental health counselor at the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Social Detoxification Center, a new 15-bed facility located on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in Rosebud, South Dakota.

Karen-Pierre-Louis, MSW '23

Karen Pierre-Louis ’23MSW works with Boston Public School children as a School Social Worker

Karen Pierre-Louis is a school social worker at the East Boston Early Education Center, a Boston Public School serving children in Pre-K through first grade. As the school’s first full-time social worker, Karen collaborates closely with the school psychologist, teachers, and administrators to support students’ social-emotional needs.

Emily Ostrow ’09MSW leaning against a wall and smiling

Emily Ostrow ’09MSW Talks Mental Health with Teens

In honor of World Mental Health Day, we spoke to Emily Ostrow '09MSW, therapist and host of "Not Now, Maybe Later," a mental health podcast for teens.

Suad Diriye ’23MSW

Suad Diriye ’23MSW works with those experiencing homelessness

Suad Diriye is a social worker and case manager at the Green Street Shelter-ACEDONE, a multi-service shelter assisting individuals who are experiencing homelessness.

A side-by-side image of Ann Batchelder and the book cover for her book Craving Spring

Ann Batchelder ’79MSW Writes Book that Blends Memoir and Greek Mythology

Alumna Ann Batchelder is the author of Craving Spring: A mother’s quest, a daughter’s depression, and the Greek myth that brought them together (Legacy Book Press, forthcoming 2023). In this deeply personal account, Batchelder identifies with the Greek goddess Demeter as she helps her daughter recover from addiction and supports her on the road to recovery.

photo of Bianca Dunbar - School-Based Social Worker, UP Academy Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts

Empowering Youth in Boston Schools, Breaking Stigmas and Fostering Mental Health Awareness

What The Job Entails Bianca Dunbar is a school-based social worker at UP Academy Dorchester, a Boston Public School serving PreK-8 students. As one of three social workers, she handles a caseload of 13 middle-school students who have individualized education...

Erika Cadena 2022 MSW

Supporting Patients and Families Needing Help Related to Urgent Medical Care

What the job entails Erika Cadena is a clinical social worker in the Emergency Department at Boston Children's Hospital. In this fast-paced and varied role, she identifies and works with patients and families in need of support and resources related...