Katherine Kranz

Associate Professor

Contact Information:



Howley Hall 101


Ph.D. - Boston College

Brief Biography:

Dr. Katherine Kranz is a licensed clinical social worker and earned her PhD in social work from Boston College and her MSW from Rhode Island College. Dr. Kranz has taught at Providence College since 2007 and serves as the Chair of the Social Work Department. She served as the Interim Dean for the School of Education and Social Work in 2020-2021, as well as the Associate Dean for 3 years.
She has published articles focusing on the development and use of a substance abuse treatment self-efficacy scale (SATSES) which is requested for use in studies nationally and internationally. Dr. Kranz’s current scholarship is based on narrative story-telling and qualitative research about adoption, addiction, mental health, and sibling relationships. She mentors and engages in research projects presenting yearly with social work students. She has 43 years of practice experience with adolescents, adults, and families with addiction and mental health problems. She has been honored as Social Worker of the Year from the NASW-RI Chapter for her work in addictions (1989) and in Mental Health (2018).

Awards and Honors:

Social Worker of the Year - 2018 - Health and Mental Health National Association of Social Workers - RI Chapter

Selected Publications:

Kranz, K. (2015) Box 62: A Mother-Daughter Search. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, Family of Origin.(21), 12-16.

Kranz, K. (2011) Re-validating the Substance Abuse Treatment Self-Efficacy Scale (SATSES): Replication with Social Work Practitioners. Journal of Social Service Research.(11), 270--285.

Kranz, K. (2011) An Investigation of MSW Practitioners' use and Efficacy of Differential Practice Skills: Do they Follow Evidence-Based Practice? Social Work in Mental Health. Social Work in Mental Health.(9), 223-237.

Selected Presentations:

Holleran, K. Kranz, K. Southwest Social Science Association. , Orlando, FL - "What do you bring to the classroom? A look at approaching difficult dialogues" , 2018

Kranz, K. Southwest Social Science Association. Providence College, Austin, TX - "Same Family, Different Stories: Sibling Perspectives on Addiction and Recovery" April, 2017

Kranz, K. Southwestern Social Science Association. , Las Vegas, NV - "Paper: How Are We Helping Our Own? Creating Conversations" March, 2016

Kranz, K. Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors. , Atlanta, GA - "From 'What Do I Say?' to 'Who Am I With?': Just Communication" March, 2010

Kranz, K. . Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, Phoenix, AZ - "Dynamic Systems Theories: Implications for Future Understanding of Development, Pedagogy and Practice" March, 2009

Kranz, K. Council on Social Work Education. , San Francisco, CA - "Preparing the Next Generation of Educators and Practitioners to 'Think Developmentally'" October, 2007

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