Sarah Porter

Assistant Professor of Practice

PSU History

I started in a teaching role at PSU in 2016 as an Adjunct Instructor and joined full time as an Assistant Professor of Practice in 2020.


Since graduating with my M.S.W in 2001, my social work practice is concentrated in health care settings, specifically with pediatrics, pediatric hematology/oncology and pediatric palliative care. I have worked in a variety of integrated health settings including home-based hospice care, inpatient acute care and outpatient clinic-based care. My practice specialties include integrated behavioral healthcare, pediatric hematology/oncology (including sickle cell anemia), palliative care and social work in clinical ethics (pediatric bioethics). I am an active senior member of a community-based hospital’s pediatric clinical ethics consultation service here in Portland, Oregon. I also enjoy providing clinical supervision to social workers pursuing licensure.

Academic/Research Interests

Social work practice in integrated health care settings

Social work practice with pediatrics and pediatric palliative care

Sickle Cell Anemia in Children/Teens/Young Adults

Clinical ethics practice and the integration of social work values and perspective into clinical ethical decision making

Advanced social work ethics Clinical supervision

Personal Interests

I enjoy spending my time with my family, including my two children and two dogs, exploring nature and hanging out with friends. My girls and I enjoy dreaming about living life as zoo keepers or wildlife specialists.

  • M.S.W, Social Work
    University of Michigan
  • B.A, Psychology
    University of Puget Sound