Katie Van Blair, MS, MSW, PhD, LMFT

MSW Director | Professor

Dr. Van Blair came to the School of Social work as a full time faculty member in 2001, and became Director in Summer 2008.

She is responsible for the administration of the School of Social Work and has taught across the social work curriculum at both the Concentration and Foundation levels. As a practicing marriage and family therapist since 1994, Dr. Van Blair maintains her private practice part-time, seeing individuals, couples and families around a variety of presenting issues.

Dr. Van Blair is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Council on Social Work Education, and a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Additionally, she has served as a board member on organizations such as the Scott County Regional Authority and the Tanager Place Research Center.

Dr. Van Blair's CV (pdf)

Courses Taught

Education and Training

  • PhD, Purdue University, Child Development and Family Studies; Specialization: Marriage and Family Therapy
  • MSW, St. Ambrose University, Master of Social Work
  • MS, Iowa State University, Human Development and Family Studies; Specialization: Family Studies
  • BA, St. Ambrose University, Psychology and Sociology


Van Blair, K. (2017). Ethics and Empowerment Social Work. University of Cuenca, Department of Social Work. Cuenca, Ecuador. January 4, 2017.

Van Blair, K. (2014). The Ethical is Political: Examining Social Work Ethics through a Gendered Lens. School of Social Work, St. Ambrose University Ethics CEU Event, Davenport, IA.

Steketee, G, & Van Blair, K. (April 2011). Encouraging/requiring professional behavior in students. National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work Spring Conference. Laguna Beach, CA.


Strzepek, K., Jacobson, B., & Van Blair, K (2011). The Long Table Model: Bringing Transnational Debates to a Small Midwestern University. In Sierra, M & Roman-Odio, C. (Eds), Transnational Borderlands in Women's Global Networks: The Making of Cultural Resistance. Palgrave McMillan, New York.

Dissertation (1998): "Women clients' perceptions of power and gender in therapy sessions: A phenomenological study"

Courses Taught

Introduction to Social Work
Social Work Field Seminar: Ethical Decision-Making
Feminist Social Work
Couple and Family Therapy
Empowerment Social Work in Mental Health


Katherine Van Blair, PhD, Director and Professor

Master of Social Work
North Davenport Education Center
1950 E. 54th St.
Davenport, IA 52807

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