Ellen DeVoe, M.S.W., Ph.D., delivered the E. Diane Davis Lecture at Smith SSW on June 30, 2018. Her talk was titled Beyond the Service Member: Working with Post-9/11 Military Families throughout the Deployment Cycle. She also sat down for an interview about her work and its implications for clinical social workers.
Devoe is professor and director of the Ph.D. Program Director at the Boston University School of Social Work. She has been named one of the most influential social workers today. She is recognized for her research on the study of violence exposure on children and interventions designed to mitigate the impact of trauma on families. Her early scholarship focused on sexual abuse, the impact of domestic and community violence on children and families, and intervention research. Since the September 11th attacks, she has been immersed in intervention research concerning parents affected by traumatic stress, including military and veteran parents and families. Her work has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, Centers for Disease Control, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Department of Defense. For the last decade, DeVoe has directed a program of research funded by the Department of Defense focused on the development of a parenting intervention program to support military parents throughout cycles of deployment and reintegration. DeVoe is currently serving on the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering.