Dr. Cary Donaldson

Department, Office, or School
School of Social Work
  • Assistant Professor

Cary grew up in downeast Maine. She has worked and lived across the United States (including Baton Rouge LA, Boston MA, Detroit MI, Oakland CA, and Providence RI) and built a career working collaboratively with young people and their families in community-based organizations, schools, and private practice as a clinician, educator, activist, artist, and administrator of programming. Cary is passionate about social work as a social justice enterprise and mentoring developing social workers to practice in creative, transformative, and multidisciplinary ways. She lives in Pawtucket with her family.


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA (DSW)
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI (MSW) 
Harvard University, Cambridge MA (BA)

Research/Practice Areas

Documentary arts and new media, narrative practices, decolonizing social work, child welfare, adolescent development and mental health