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Julie Kates
Julie Kates


  • Director of Field Education
  • Assistant Professor of Practice
  • MSW, Portland State University (1995)
  • LCSW (1998)
  • BA, Oberlin College (1991)
PSU History

 I joined the PSU MSW Program as a student in 1993. I returned as an adjunct faculty advisor liaison in 2007. I became a Field Specialist on the Field Education Team in 2008 and was then promoted to Assistant Director of Field Education in 2009. I have been serving as the Director of Field Education since 2013.

Academic/Research Focus

Field Education is what drew me back to PSU after practicing as a community based mental health therapist and program manager. I am dedicated to ensuring that students' experience's are educational, supportive and enriching. I also thrive in a team environment and the Field Education Team at the SSW is known for our teamwork and dedication to each other, the students, our community partners and the mission of the School. 

Personal Interests

Outside of work, I spend time with my family, our dog and our friends. We garden, cook, play card games, exercise, and laugh.