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School of Social and Behavior Sciences


51 Fulton Street, Room 139



845-575-3000, ext. 2973

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.   


PhD, Social Work, University of Connecticut, 2017
MSW, Social Work, University of Connecticut, 2009
MS, Community Counseling. Western Connecticut State University, 2001
BA, Sociology Washington University in St. Louis


Ostrander, J., Sandler, A. & Hylton, M. (2018). New automatic voter registration law lifts up marginalized populations. Social Work Voices, 1(6), 10-11.

Ostrander, J., Bryan, J., Sandler, A., Nieman, P., Clark, M., Loveland, E., & Smith, T. (2018). The political participation of first-year social work students: Does practice specialization matter? Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 41(3), 39-59


Smith, T., Sandler, A.  (2018, November). Voter Engagement: Bridging the Macro and Micro Divide. The Council on Social Work Education’s Annual Program Meeting. Orlando, FL

Sandler, A., Clark, M., & Wilson, C. (2018, January). Thoughts on How to Increase the Trustworthiness of Qualitative Research. The Society for Social Work and Research’s Annual Conference. Washington, DC

Sandler, A. (2016, November). Increasing Voter Participation of Vulnerable Populations to Promote Social and Economic Justice. The Council on Social Work Education’s Annual Program Meeting. Atlanta, GA

Nieman, P., & Sandler, A. (2015, October). Increasing the Political Participation of Social Work Students: Classroom and Fieldwork Approaches. The Council on Social Work Education’s Annual Program Meeting. Denver, CO

Ostrander, J., Sandler, A., & Nieman, P. (2015, January). The Influence of Professional Identity and Level of Empowerment on Political Participation of MSW Students. The Society for Social Work and Research’s Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA

Sandler, A., (2014, June). Creating Opportunities for Critical Consciousness at an Urban Community College. International Conference of Sociology and Social Work.  Los Angeles, CA