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Clinical Assistant Professor

Stony Brook University Graduate School of Social Welfare

Dr. Katherine Mitchell is a clinical assistant professor in the Wurzweiler School of Social Work. She has previously served as the Director of Field Education and the founding program director for Wurzweiler Care Café. She is an instructor in the PhD and MSW programs teaching qualitative and quantitative research methods.  In 2017, she participated in a joint effort with the Cardozo Law School immigration clinic sending MSW and law students to the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas to assist with the mental health component of preparing asylum seekers for credible fear interviews.

Dr. Mitchell is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker in practice since 2007. In addition to her academic work she is a working social worker providing counseling to the immigrant population of Eastern Long Island, returning veterans and their families as well as substance abuse counseling. She works with veterans participating in the East End Veterans’ Treatment Court in Southampton, NY. She serves as a consultant to the Suffolk County Association for Mental Health and Wellness, developing a best-practices based curriculum to train veteran peer mentors for the Joseph Dwyer Veterans’ Peer Support Project in Suffolk County, NY.

She earned a PhD in Social Welfare from Stony Brook University, New York in 2017.  Her dissertation research was a qualitative study titled: “Becoming Whole Again: A Qualitative Study of Veterans’ Return to Civilian Life”. 

Dr. Mitchell lives in East Hampton, NY. She is the mother of three sons: Daniel Hartnett, veteran, US Navy, Sean Hartnett, MS in Chemistry and employed with the Smithsonian Institute and Denis Hartnett who is a senior at State University of New York at Geneseo.

Research Interests

Undocumented Immigrants/community impact of immigration

Substance abuse prevention and treatment

Veterans transition issues


Teaching Expertise

Research: Quantitative and Qualitative Methodology at the Masters and PhD level

Clinical Practice

Foundation of Social Work Practice

Field Education Seminar

Veteran Cultural Competency

Mitchell, K (2019) On Memorial Day, honor the service members who gave their lives by helping those who made it home. NBC Think, May 27, 2019 https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/memorial-day-honor-service-members-who-gave-their-lives-helping-ncna1006931

Mitchell, K (2018) Working Together: How Peer Mentors and Social Workers Can Collaborate to Serve Veterans and Military Families. Professional Development: The International Journal of Continuing Social Work Education. 21(1) p.20

Evaluation of Fordham Student Social Work Unit at the Market Street Mission Shelter, Morristown, NJ: Report of First Year Activity, May, 1993 (Principal Investigator: Katherine Mitchell)

Report of Evaluation conducted by Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service of the New York Archdiocese Drug Abuse Prevention Program Demonstration Project with Grade School Children 1991-1992 project year, April 1993 (Principal Investigators: Dr. Michael H. Phillips and Dr. Anthony Sainz)

Evaluation of the First Year Activities of OSAP sponsored ADAPP Prevention Program. April, 1991 (Principal Investigator, Dr. Michael H. Phillips)

Evaluation of the Archdiocese Drug Abuse Prevention Program: Year Two Report. January, 1991 (Principal Investigator: Dr. Michael H. Phillips)

Study of the Mutual Aid Group Work Model and Its Use in Substance Abuse Prevention with High-risk Adolescents.  Masters’ Thesis, May, 1990



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Wurzweiler School of Social Work

Yeshiva University

2495 Amsterdam Avenue

Rm 913A

New York NY 10033




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SWK 8416-A, 8416-C Qualitative Data Analyis

SWK 8421-A Strategies of Inquiry I

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SWK 6401

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SWK 6402Qualitative Data Analysis
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