Katharine Briar-Lawson

Nationally recognized expert on family-focused practice, child and family policy

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Katharine Briar-Lawson

School of Social Welfare
Department: Social Welfare

Child and family welfare; poverty and unemployment; community collaboration and service integration

Campus phone: 442-5324
Campus email: [email protected]


Katharine Briar-Lawson is an experienced academic administrator and national expert on family focused practice and child and family policy. Among her books (co-authored) are Family-Centered Policies & Practices: International Implications (2001) and (co-edited) Innovative Practices with Vulnerable Children and Families (2001). She has also co-edited two volumes on Evaluation Research in Child Welfare, (2002) and Charting the Impacts of University-Child Welfare Collaboration, (2003).

Briar-Lawson is a member of the Council on Social Work Education Practice Commission; she also serves as associate editor for the New Global Development: Journal of International and Comparative Social Welfare, and is consulting editor for Social Work, as well as Family Preservation. She co-chairs the Gerontological Task Force for the National Association for Deans and Directors.