Sarah Swords, LCSW

Sarah Swords, LCSW

Clinical Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Master's Programs

Sarah Swords, LCSW is a clinical associate professor and assistant dean for Masters Programs at The University of Texas at Austin School Steve Hicks School of Social Work. She joined the faculty in 2010 and taught social work practice and field courses through summer 2017. Prior to this, she practiced for over 15 years with agency settings focused on family service and domestic violence; she also had a private practice offering psychotherapy, supervision and consultation. In September of 2017, she was promoted to assistant dean for Masters Programs, where she maintains responsibility for admissions, recruitment, curriculum, advising and student success in the MSSW and dual degree programs. She is co-chair of the Steve Hicks School of Social Work’s re-affirmation of accreditation effort with the Council on Social Work Education and represents the MSSW program on committees at the school and university level. She coordinates the GRACE (Gerontology Resources and the Aging Community in Education) Program, a collaborative field education program between the MSSW program and agencies serving older adults. The GRACE Program aims to address the workforce shortage in geriatric healthcare by increasing the number of professional social workers in practice with older adults and their families. Under professor Swords’ leadership, the GRACE Program has received generous ongoing funding from the St. David’s Foundation, which provides student fellowships and educational enrichment experiences for MSSW students. The program has garnered national recognition for its creative and impactful initiatives which pave the way for students’ future practice with older adults. Professor Swords is a licensed clinical social worker and board approved supervisor, who presents at local, regional and national conferences on topics related to social work practice, field education, and gerontology. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Council on Social Work Education, and the American Society on Aging. She stays involved in the community through her service on the board of Austin Child Guidance Center and through Impact Austin, a women’s philanthropy group.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Interests

Field education, gerontology, domestic violence, eating disorders, women’s mental health, and philanthropy.


  • M.S.W., Simmons College
  • B.A., University of Rochester


Social Work Building (SSW)


Mailing Address

The University of Texas at Austin
Steve Hicks School of Social Work
1925 San Jacinto Blvd 2.244
STOP D3500
Austin, TX 78712-0358