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Kimberly Harrison

Social Work
School of Applied Studies
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.
  • 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.
    Service Interests/Activities
    • MSW Program Director, Department of Social Work
    • Phi Beta Delta, International Honors Society 
    • University Liaison, Kansas School Social Work Association
    • Board Member, Kansas Health Policy Association's Mental Health Prescription Drug Advisory Council
    Career Accomplishments
    • Received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor within the Department of Social Work at Washburn University in 2011.