Kristen Humphrey

About Kristen R. Humphrey

Dr. Humphrey re-joined the faculty in the Department of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences in 2008. She previously taught at PSU in 1995-1996. She earned her doctorate in Special Education at the University of Kansas where she was able to draw from the fields of social work and disability through work with the Beach Center on Families and Disability. Dr. Humphrey is interested in disability, foster care, and mental health.

Areas of Specialization  

  • Children and Youth
  • Family Therapy
  • Families and Disability


  • Ph.D., Special Education, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, U.S.A.
  • M.S.W., Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.
  • B.S.W., Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, U.S.A.

Courses Taught

  • SWK 201 – Introduction to Social Work
  • SWK 221 – Basic Helping Skills
  • SWK 343 – Social Work with Families Impacted by Disability
  • SWK 375 – Multiculturalism and Diversity in Social Work Practice
  • SWK 465 – Social Welfare Policy Analysis
  • SWK 383 – Fundamentals of Research in Social Work 
  • SWK 620 – Advanced Social Work Practice II
  • SWK 621 – Practicum in Social Work
  • SWK 622 – Integrative Seminar in Social Work

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  • Faculty Advisor for Natural Ties
  • Faculty Advisor for Student2Student
  • Faculty Advisor for Phi Alpha Honor Society, Delta Lambda Chapter
  • Faculty Advisor for Newman Club

Publications and Presentations


  • Humphrey, K. R. (2007) How Social Workers Help: How Do Social Workers Help the Families of Children With Disabilities?  Social Workers. Help Starts Here.  NASW.  Available online:
  • Humphrey, K. R. (2007) Adoption and Foster Care Tip Sheet - Helping Children Find Permanence - A Guide for Foster Parents. Social Workers. Help Starts Here.  NASW.  Available online:
  • Humphrey, K. R. (2007)  Spending Time in Foster Care -- A Guide for Youth. Social Workers. Help Starts Here.  NASW.  Available online:
  • Humphrey, K. R., Turnbull, A. P, & Turnbull, H. R. (2006) Impact of the Adoption and Safe Families Act on Youth with Emotional Disorders and Their Families: Perspectives of Foster Care Providers, Youth, Service Providers, and Judges. Children and Youth Services Review, 28(2), 113-132.
  • Humphrey, K. R., Turnbull, A. P, & Turnbull, H. R. (2006) Perspectives of Foster Care Providers,
    Service Providers, and Judges Regarding Privatized Foster Care Services. Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 17(1), 2-17.
  • Humphrey, K. R. (2003). Services for children and youth with dual diagnoses: Finding and accessing services for Kansas consumers. Lawrence: University of Kansas. Available online:
  • Humphrey, K. R. (2002). The impact of service access on out-of-home placement for youth with emotional disabilities and their families (Doctoral dissertation, University of Kansas, 2002). Dissertation Abstracts International, 63(10A), 3728
  • Ruef, M., Posten, D., & Humphrey, K. (1999). PBS: Putting the "positive" into behavioral support: An introductory training packet. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas, Beach Center on Families and Disability
  • Humphrey, K. R. (2013).  Using a Student Led Support Group to Reduce Stress and Burnout among BSW Students.  Social Work with Groups. 36(1), 73-84.  DOI:10.1080/01609513.2012.712905
  • Humphrey, K. R. (2014). Lessons Learned from Experiential Group Work Learning.  Social Work with Groups.  37(1), 61-72. DOI: 10.1080/01609513.2013.816919
Kristen Humphrey
Dr. Kristen Humphrey
Associate Professor of Social Work/Director of Social Work/Master Advisor

Phone: (620) 235-4329

Office: 412H Russ Hall

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