Adelaide K. Sandler

Assistant Professor of Social Work


Dr. Adelaide Sandler is a professor, researcher, and social worker with a background in community counseling and political social work. Her dissertation explored how recipients of means-tested government assistance make decisions related to voting. She is an active researcher with the Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work and a member of the National Social Work Voter Mobilization Task Force.

Dr. Sandler previously taught at Westfield State University (WSU). She was the first and only full-time faculty member to teach and advise master-level social work students at their satellite campus in Worcester, Massachusetts. At WSU, she was the faculty advisor of the Worcester campus MSW student organization and coordinator of Lead Advocacy Day at the state capitol. She has taught as an adjunct at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, St. Joseph University in Hartford, and Housatonic Community College. Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member, Dr. Sandler worked for the Danbury Regional Child Advocacy Center and Newtown Youth Services.  She created and led support groups for first-time parents, grandparents raising their grandchildren, and school-age brothers and sisters of kids with special needs. In addition to her work for non-profit organizations, she has worked in the political arena, including working in the constituent services department of a United States Congressional District Office, being active in many state and local campaigns, serving as a member of her local town committee, and serving on the Newtown Board of Ethics. She currently serves on the Board of Western Connecticut Association for Human Rights.   




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School of Social and Behavior Sciences


51 Fulton Street, Room 139



845-575-3000, ext. 2973