Lacey Sloan, MSSW, Ph.D., has been a social work educator for over 20 years. Her areas of scholarship are sexual rights and international social work education. She spent the last 10 years developing social work education programs in the Arabian Gulf and USA using indigenous knowledge and decolonizing practice. Since 2001, she was responsible for the development and initial accreditation of two bachelor of social work programs (College of State Island [CSI], City University of New York; Qatar University) and three master of social work programs (University of Southern Maine, CSI and Zayed University), all but one of which were successfully approved and accredited (Qatar has no accrediting body, so the program was prepared for peer review by the International Association of Schools of Social Work).
She currently provides consultation to UNICEF to develop social work education programs in Somalia. Her social work career prior to academia was in the field of crisis intervention, first in child welfare, then disaster work and finally with survivors sexual violence/abuse who ranged in age from 3 to 83 years old. She has presented papers on social work practice and education in Islamic countries at international conferences in the USA, Qatar, Singapore, Korea, Finland, and Austria. Her current scholarship focuses on social work practice and education in Islamic countries, including her most recent publication “Social work education in the Arab Gulf: Challenges and opportunities.” Her book, 'Critical Multiculturalism and Intersectionality in a Complex World' (Oxford University Press) was released in 2018.