Instructor Social Work Department
School of Social Work, Leadership, and Youth Advocacy
B.S.W, Siena College
M.S.W., Boston University
Ph.D., Simmons College (social work)
Dr. Katherine Walbam is an Instructor of Social Work in the MSW program. She is currently teaching Social Work Practice with Children and Families, and Field Seminar. She has previously taught Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Research, Assessment and Diagnosis, Generalist Practice (BSW), and Social Work Practice with Children, at other institutions.
She has more than 15 years of clinical practice experience, primarily with children and adolescents, and their families. As a licensed independent clinical social worker, she has worked within Head Start, public and alternative schools, and clinic settings to help children feel confident, safe, and successful. A core value in her practice is the belief that children are whole people, with their own thoughts, feelings, and opinions; her role is to provide a platform for their voices to be heard.
She has also presented guest lectures and trainings on mental health practice with children, the use of play in therapy, and sensory processing, particularly as it relates to social work. Her research interest focuses on the impact of sensory processing on familial and social relationships, including the attachment relationship.
She received her Ph.D. in social work from Simmons College, her MSW from Boston University, and her BSW from Siena College. She received certification in Clinical Practice with Children and Adolescents through Boston University, and was a fellow in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Program through the Institute for Community Inclusion at Children's Hospital Boston.
- Walbam, K.M. (2014). The relevance of Sensory Processing Disorder to social work practice: An interdisciplinary approach. Journal of Child and Adolescent Social Work, 30(1), 61-70.