Ruth McRoy, Ruby Lee Piester Centennial Professor Emerita, has been inducted into the NASW Social Work Pioneers® program, which was created to honor social workers who have contributed to the evolution and enrichment of the profession.

“For 25 years, NASW has honored Social Work Pioneers who are a credit to the profession,” said Bob Arnold, director of the NASW Foundation. “Their collective contributions to social work are reflected in the creation of numerous human services programs and government policies that have improved the lives of people from all walks of society, including children who are at-risk, veterans, older adults and people living with mental illnesses. They are truly role models for future generations of social workers.”

McRoy is the Donahue and DiFelice Endowed Professorship at Boston College School of Social Work. Prior to joining the Boston College faculty, McRoy was a member of The University of Texas at Austin School of social work faculty for 25 years and held the Ruby Lee Piester Centennial Professorship. She received her BA and MSW degrees from the University of Kansas and her PhD degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

McRoy is an expert on adoption, including transracial, interracial, open, special needs, and international adoptions.

Read the press release from NASW Foundation.