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Kimberly Harrison

Kimberly Harrison

Social Work
School of Applied Studies
Benton Hall
Room 407
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621-1117
Degrees & Certifications
The University of Kansas, Bachelor of Arts
The University of Kansas, Master of Social Work
The University of Kansas, Doctor of Philosophy
Academic History
  • For 16 years, Dr. Harrison worked as a school social worker and educational consultant for Project STAY (Supporting Teachers and Youth), a grant partially funded through the Kansas State Department of Education that develops and strengthens educational programming for children with severe behavioral and cognitive disabilities. 
  • Prior to Washburn University, Dr. Harrison taught courses for both the Social Work and Special Education Departments at the University of Kansas.
  • SW 363 A, Generalist Qualitative Researc
  • SW 363 VA, Generalist Qualitative Researc
  • SW 685 GVA, Diversity & Justice in SW
  • SW 782 GEA, Clin SW Pract Educ Environ
Scholarly Interests/Activities
  • The practice of school social work, particularly as it relates to the utilization of functional behavioral assessment and positive behavior supports in educational environments.
  • Research in various issues related to Latino children, including the effects of documentation status and social-emotional health upon educational attainment. 
  • Has published peer-reviewed articles and presented nationally and internationally on those topics.
  • Teaches, presents, and conducts qualitative research focused upon anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion in social work.
Service Interests/Activities
  • School Social Work Mentor, USD 450
  • University Liaison, Kansas School Social Work Association
  • Phi Beta Delta, International Honors Society
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society
  • Served as BSW Program Director and MSW Director, Department of Social Work
Career Accomplishments
  • Received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor within the Department of Social Work at Washburn University in 2011.
  • Received promotion to Full Professor within the Department of Social Work at Washburn University in 2015.
  • Winner of the Herrick Faculty Award for Outstanding Service (2023)

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