PhD, Applied Child Development, Tufts University
Cohort Five Fellow

Academic Mentor
Ellen Pinderhughes
Associate Professor, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, Tufts University

Policy Mentor
Francine Sherman
Clinical Associate Professor and Director, Juvenile Advocacy Project, Boston College of Law

Current Institutional Affiliation
Boston University: Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise

Child Welfare and Foster Care Systems, Trauma, Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups


Dr. Judith C. Scott is an Assistant Professor at Boston University. Dr. Scott received her PhD from the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University. During her doctoral studies, Dr. Scott evaluated a Boston organization’s nonprofit management and leadership certificate programs. She also co-taught a course on cultural diversity in child and family services. Previously, Dr. Scott worked as a social worker in a Massachusetts urban community; her responsibilities included providing counseling to children and adults, facilitating social skills groups for girls, providing mental health consultation to Head Start, co-leading psycho-educational groups for divorcing parents, and collaborating with community agencies to develop and administer a measure that explored girls’ experiences with violence. She also has experience with adults in a mental health supported living program. Dr. Scott has an M.S.W from Boston College School of Social Work, and an M.P.P. in urban and environmental planning and policy and a B.S. in clinical psychology and computer science from Tufts.