Katherine Kranz

Associate Professor

Contact Information:



Harkins Hall 207


Ph.D. - Boston College

Brief Biography:

Dr. Katherine Kranz, Ph.D., associate professor of social work, has been a part of the Providence College community for the past 14 years. Dr. Kranz teaches micro-practice courses in the Providence College Department of Social Work and a “Current Trends in the Addictions” elective course that is open to all majors and includes a homelessness outreach component. Each year she engages in research with her students that results in peer-reviewed presentations at major conferences around the nation. Most recently, in the past year, these conferences have included the Southwest Social Science Association in San Diego, California, and the NYSCHA-NECHA Annual Meeting in Saratoga, New York.
She currently serves as the Associate Dean of the School of Professional Studies.

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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