Esther Sales Professor Emerita of Social Work



Esther Sales earned her BA from Brooklyn College in 1961, obtained her MSW from the University of Michigan in 1964, and received a Ph.D in Social Work and Social Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1970. She began her academic career at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work in 1969, and continued at the School until her retirement as professor emeritae in 2006. During her 37 years as faculty member, she taught courses in research methods and evaluation research on both the MSW and Ph.D levels, as well as theory courses for Ph.D. students. Dr. Sales coordinated the MSW research sequence for many years in the 1970s and 1980s, was a core faculty member of the Ph.D program for most of her career, served as Doctoral Program Director between 1999-2004, chaired almost 70 doctoral dissertations as well as serving on countless other dissertation committees, and was honored in 2006 by receiving the Provost's Award for Mentoring Excellence. Her primary research interests focused on the impact of life stressors on mental health and issues related to family caregiving, both areas emphasizing issues related to women.