Katherine’s professional roles over the last twelve years have been dedicated to supporting student wellbeing, safety, and success. She has created protocols and procedures to guide operations for case management and threat assessment programs and processes. Katherine developed many university-wide policies focused on minimizing barriers to student success, encouraging student responsibility and autonomy, and ensuring compliance with local, state, and federal laws and guidance. Examples include medical withdrawal, involuntary withdrawal, suicide assessment, response to student death, and posthumous citations. She customized and managed databases (home-grown, Advocate Symplicity, and Maxient) for case management and other related processes and procedures. Katherine consults regularly with colleagues across the country who are seeking advice on their own policies, procedures, and processes.
Katherine served on the boards of the Higher Education Case Managers Association (HECMA) from 2012-2016 and the Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) from 2016-2019. She continues to serve as HECMA faculty and as a member of the Standards Management Committee for CAS. She has presented at many national conferences including HECMA, NASPA, the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP), and the Association of Student Conduct Administrators (ASCA), and she has conducted trainings throughout the United States. Katherine is the lead author on the CAS Standards for Case Management and the Cross-Functional Framework for Identifying and Responding to Behavioral Concerns. Katherine has been recognized with several awards including the HECMA Leadership Award, HECMA Achievement of Excellence Award, Robert P. Larsen Human Development Award, Outstanding Program Award, and the Carl Knox Fellowship.
Katherine holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, a Master of Arts degree in College Student Personnel, a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and is an ATAP Certified Threat Manager (CTM). Katherine’s quantitative research focuses on usage trends, perceptions, and usefulness of structured professional judgment instruments used for threat assessment. Katherine’s areas of expertise include case management, policy and procedure development, threat assessment and violence prevention, threat assessment teams in postsecondary settings, and the history and operation of behavioral intervention and threat assessment teams.