Katharine H. Briar-Lawson

Katharine H. Briar-Lawson

Dean Emeritus and Professor
School of Social Welfare


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Ph.D. (1976), University of California, Berkeley

MSW (1968), Columbia University

Katharine H. Briar-Lawson

Katharine Briar-Lawson is a 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), Evaluation Research in Child Welfare (2002), Charting the Impacts of University-Child Welfare Collaboration (2003), Social Work Research (2010), Social Work Practice Research (2010), and Globalization, Social Justice and the Helping Professions (2011), and The Children’s Bureau: Shaping a Century of Child Welfare Practices, Programs and Policies (2013), and Social Entrepreneurship and Enterprises in Economic and Social Development (2020). She chaired the Gerontological Task Force for the National Association for Deans and Directors and served as a past president. In addition, for 10 years she served as a Co-PI of the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute and currently collaborates with its Leadership Academy for Deans and Directors and its National Advisory Board.