University of Illinois at Chicago
Department of Psychiatry (M/C 747)
Institute for Juvenile Research
1747 W. Roosevelt Road, Rm. 155
Chicago, IL 60608

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Mason, S., Sultzman, V., & Berger, B.  (in press).  "Like being in a cage": Stigma as experienced by adolescents whose mothers are living with HIV.   Vulnerable Children & Youth Studies.

Mason, S., Vazquez, D., & Mason, R. (2014).  Focused and motivated: A psychoeducational group with parents living with HIV.  Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services, 13(1), 79-96.

Boyes, M. E., Mason, S. J., and Cluver, L. D. (2013). Validation of a brief stigma-by-association scale for use with HIV/AIDS-affected youth in South Africa.  AIDS Care, 25(2), 215-222.

Mason, S., Berger, B., Ferrans, C., Sultzman, V., & Fendrich. M. (2010). Developing a measure of stigma-by-association with adolescents whose mothers have HIV. Research on Social Work Practice, 20, 65-73.

Mason, S. (2010). From invisible to self-determined: Women and HIV in the U.S. In Poindexter, C. P. (Ed.), Handbook of HIV and Social Work: Principles, practice, and populations. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons, 199-210.

Linsk, N., Mabeyo, Z., Omari, L., Petras, D., Lubin, B., Steinitz, L., Abate, A.A., Kaijage, T., & Mason, S. (2010). Para-Social Work to address most vulnerable children in sub-Saharan Africa: A case example in Tanzania. Children and Youth Services Review, 32, 990-997.

Mason, S. & Vazquez, D. (2009). Supporting family stability: Case studies in custody planning with HIV-affected families. Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services, 8 (3), 269 – 291.

Linsk, N., Mason, S., Fendrich, M., Bass, M., Prubhughate, P. & Brown, A. (2009). “No matter what I do they still want their family”: Stressors for African-American grandparents and other relative caregivers. Journal of Family Social Work, 12(1), 25-43

Smithgall, C., Mason, S., Michels, L., LiCalsi, C., & Goerge, R. (2009). Intergenerational and interconnected: Mental health and well-being in grandparent caregiver families. Families in Society, 90(2), 167-175

Mason, S. & Vazquez, D. (2007). Making Positive Changes: A psychoeducational group for parents with HIV/AIDS. Social Work with Groups, 30(2), 27-40.

Mason, S. (2007). Custody planning with HIV-affected families. Health & Social Work, 32(2), 143-146.

Mason, S. & Vazquez, D. (2004). “Making it manageable”: Custody planning with HIV-affected families. Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services 3(3), 51-63.

Smithgall, C. & Mason, S. (2004). Identified problems and service utilization patterns among kinship families accessing mental health services. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 9(3), 41-55.

Linsk, N. & Mason, S. (2004). Stressors for grandparents and other relatives caring for children affected and orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Health & Social Work, 29(2), 127-136.

Mason, S. & Linsk, N. (2002). Relative foster parents of HIV-affected children. Child Welfare, 81(4), 541-569.

Mason, S. (2002). The role of community in meeting the needs of African-American HIV-affected families. Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services, 1(1), 45-62. 

Sally Mason, PhD

Professor of Clinical Social Work in Psychiatry
Director of Social Work Training

Sally Mason has over 27 years of experience in HIV & AIDS as a case manager, educator, residential manager, mental health provider, group facilitator, program consultant, and researcher. Specializing in services to low-income women, children, and families, she has played an active role in the development and evaluation of services for HIV-affected families in Chicago. Since 2007, she has also been a member of a team enhancing social work capacity in response to the HIV epidemic in Tanzania and Ethiopia, with a focus on orphans and vulnerable children. Her programs of practice and research highlight the impact of HIV on families, most recently exploring how parents living with HIV and their non-infected children are affected by and manage HIV stigma.


HIV, families and children, parenting, stigma, program development, participatory research


  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
  • Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups (AASWG)
  • Society for Social Work Research (SSWR); National Association of Social Workers (NASW)


  • Positive Families Programs, including Making Positive Changes and Family Health & Stigma
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