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Cynthia Bott is a licensed clinical social worker who has over ten years of social work teaching experience at the graduate and undergraduate level with San Francisco State University and over twenty-five years of experience as a clinical social worker in the states of California and New York.  Her current research interests include examining the implementation and operationalization of social justice in direct practice, examining concepts and political dimensions of ‘best practices’, and applications of critical theory.  She remains interested in the field of Suicidolgy and crisis intervention as it relates to suicide prevention and psychiatric emergencies.  

Degree Program University
Ph.D. Social Welfare University at Albany
M.S.W. Social Work San Francisco State University
B.S. Education, American Studies Bowling Green State University

My Siena Experience

My Teaching Philosophy

I want students to have developed introspective and reflective capabilities that they can apply to self and others in their personal and professional lives.  I want them to embrace ‘life-long learning’.  I encourage and model risk taking to promote critical thinking.  I recognize them as future colleagues.   

What I Love About Siena

I love the chance to interact with the students on a daily basis.  I love that class sizes here are smaller as compared to other institutions I have taught in which allows for more variety in teaching methods.  This allows for the opportunity to work with students on a more individual level which allows for the accommodation of different strengths and weaknesses. 

My Favorite Courses to Teach

 I enjoy teaching the skills and theory classes because I like the application to practice.  This includes classes on human behavior and skills building. 

My Professional Experience

Year Title University
2019 - Now Associate Professor Siena College
2019 - Now Psychotherapist HPA/Live Well
2015 - Now Psychiatric Social Worker Ellis Hospital
2013 - 2019 Assistant Professor Siena College
2008 - Now Psychiatric Social Worker Capital District Psychiatric Center
2007 - 2010 Research Assistant University at Albany
2006 - 2007 Clinical Supervisor Aldea Children and Family Services
2005 - 2007 Lecturer Cal State Hayward, Sociology
2004 - 2007 Mental Health Clinician - per diem Solano County Mental Health
2000 - 2006 Field Supervisor BTW Consultants, Inc.
1997 - 2007 Lecturer San Francisco State University, School of Social Work
1993 - 2000 Psych Social Services Coordinator/Clinical Director Huckleberry Youth Prgrams
1990 - 1993 Case Manager/Supervisor Huckleberry Youth Programs - Sojourner House
1986 - 1989 Crisis Line Director San Francisco Suicide Prevention

Articles & Book Reviews

  • Mrs. Doubtfire mentoring program: Helping children in residential care transition to bedtime
    Residential Treatment for Children and Youth
  • A is for Activism: Or not
    Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work

Awards & Distinctions

  • Advisor of the Year
    Category: Service-University
    Siena College, 2018
  • Tenure-Track Outstanding Teacher-Scholar Award, School of Liberal Arts
    Category: Teaching-Research
    Siena College, 2018

Books & Book Chapters

  • A public health perspective of women's mental health


  • A content analysis of BSW syllabi
    New York State Social Work Education Annual Conference, Saratoga Springs, New York
  • Food Pantry Utilization
    Food Summit, Albany, New York
  • A survey-based study of social workers' critical consciousness and practice with LGB clients
    Society for Social Work and Research, San Antonio, Texas
  • Critical consciousness, social justice activity, and direct practice
    National Association of Social Workers, Washington, D.C., District of Columbia
  • Reaching out to Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual youth: Issues in mental health
    American Public Health Association, Washington, D.C., District of Columbia