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Katharine Cahn
Katharine Cahn
  • Executive Director of the Child Welfare Partnership
  • Associate Professor of Practice
  • PhD in Social Work and Social Welfare Research, Portland State University
  • MSW in Community and Organizational Studies, University of Washington
  • BASW in American Studies/Political Science, Reed College
PSU History

First participated in PSU's doctoral program and graduated in Summer 2003.  Started working October 2004 in both roles as Executive Director for the Child Welfare Partnership and an Assistant Professor.

Academic/Research Focus
  • Child welfare practice
  • Racial equality in child and family serving systems
  • Supervision, leadership, and systems change
  • Organizational and systems change in human services
  • Implementation, change management and diffusion of Innovation
  • Youth voice and leadership
  • Family voice and leadership
  • System of Care in child welfare and children's mental health
Personal Interests

Time with family, playing outside (walking, hiking, gardening), seeing plays, and eating in any one of Portland's great restaurants