Ruth McRoy, PhD
"I am so very impressed by the contributions of the Treehouse Community to the well-being of children needing permanency through adoption. This innovative, community-based model should be replicated in other areas of the United States as a means of successfully supporting foster and adopted children and their families. I am truly honored to be serving on the Treehouse Advisory Board!"
Dr. Ruth G. McRoy is the first holder of the Donahue and DiFelice Endowed Professorship at Boston College Graduate 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. As part of the federally funded AdoptUSKids project, McRoy and her research team at the University of Texas at Austin completed two nationwide studies on barriers to adoption and factors associated with successful special needs adoptions. Currently, she is leading an evaluation team conducting a ten-year evaluation of AdoptUSKids. She serves on the Rudd Adoption Advisory Board, the Council on Social Work Education Board, and is on the Board of Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Boston. She is a Senior Research Fellow and a member of the Donaldson Adoption Institute Board. McRoy has authored, co-authored or co-edited over 100 journal articles and book chapters and ten books on child welfare issues. Her most recent honors include the 2013 U.S. Children’s Bureau’s Adoption Excellence Award and the 2014 North American Council on Adoptable Children Child Advocate of the Year Award.