Karen Watkins is a clinical assistant professor in the School of Social Work since Fall 2011. Formerly an Assistant Professor and Field Placement Coordinator at Shorter University and a Teaching Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University, she has over 20 years of clinical social work experience throughout New York City, North Carolina, and Georgia. Dr. Watkins has served as a social work, director, supervisor, and practitioner for numerous healthcare facilities, private adoption agencies, substance abuse clinics, and behavioral health organizations.
Awarded for both her teaching and research, Dr. Watkins is currently a co-investigator on one research project: Intentional Families: Never Married Black women’s attitudes towards marriage, identity, & childbearing (University of South Carolina). Additional research interest includes intergenerational caregiving , healthcare disparities, and cultural competency. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Georgia, an M.S.W. from the Silver School of Social Work New York University and a B.S. in Psychology from Florida State University.