Saint Martin’s professor Katia Shkurkin receives Ph.D.

Sept. 19, 2005

Lacey - Ekaterina “Katia” Shkurkin, an associate professor of community services, sociology and women’s studies at Saint Martin’s University and a Fulbright Scholar, has received her doctorate in psychology from California Coast University, Santa Ana, Calif.

Shkurkin, a Saint Martin’s faculty member since 1999, has almost 27 years of clinical social work experience. She is an expert in the areas of community development, dealing with domestic violence and child abuse treatment and prevention. Shkurkin completed her Master of Social Work degree at New York’s Columbia University and her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley.

Her doctoral dissertation focused on treatment needs of re-victimized women who had complex post traumatic-stress disorder. As part of her doctoral work, Shkurkin developed a clinical treatment program for Western Washington women who had been abused during childhood and later as adults.

Shkurkin received a Fulbright Scholar grant in fall 2004 to lecture for four months at Attistiba Higher School of Social Work in Riga, Latvia. She was one of about 800 scholars selected for last year’s program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural affairs.

This year, Shkurkin will be an advisor for domestic violence programs in Olympia and Centralia. She currently is on call as a Fulbright Senior Specialist, which means any of the 140 countries participating in the Fulbright Program can request that she come lecture or act as an advisor for several weeks during the summer.

She also will be preparing the next generation of social workers studying in the community services program at Saint Martin’s University.

“I have worked with a lot of different populations and have real-life experience I can pass on to my students, experience that will help my students survive in the real world of social work,” she said.

Saint Martin’s is an independent, Roman Catholic coeducational university founded by the Benedictine Order. About 1,200 students are enrolled on its main campus and about 600 more in programs at the university’s extension campuses at Fort Lewis Army Post, McChord Air Force Base and Olympic College.

Katia Shkurkin, Ph.D.
Associate professor

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