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About Katie Savin

Dr. Katie Savin is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Social Work program at the University of the Pacific's School of Health Sciences. Katie received their MSW (Master of Social Work) from the Hunter College School of Social Work at the City University of New York and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley School of Social Welfare. At the University of the Pacific, Katie developed and leads the Diabetes Care and Management sub-specialization for MSW students and teaches social work policy and research courses. Katie is an extramural research fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Financial Security Retirement and Disability Social Policy program where they are continuing their mixed-methods, community-based, research assessing administrative burden among Supplement Security Income recipients. Katie’s critical disability studies scholarship contributes to discussions of disability justice and public health bioethics that have informed debate on care provision during COVID-19. 


2021 - Present Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Social Work, University of the Pacific School of Health Sciences
2020 - 2021 Adjunct Faculty Member, MSW Program, University of the Pacific School of Health Sciences
2019 - 2020 Adjunct Faculty Member, California State University, East Bay ‐ Department of Social Work
2019 Researcher, End of Life Communication Project, Office of Developmental Primary Care, University of California, San Francisco
2017 - 2018 Graduate Student Instructor, University of California - Berkeley
2016 - 2017 Reader, University of California - Berkeley

Curriculum Vitae


2019 - Present Dementia and the Ethics of Choosing When to Die
Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust
Role: Co-Investigator
Colleague(s): Nancy Berlinger and Mildred Z. Solomon
2022 - 2024 Impact of Inequities in the Development of Prediabetes/Diabetes in High Priority Neighborhoods in Stockton
University of the Pacific Office of Sponsored Programs
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): Roshanak Rahimian
2022 - 2023 Assessing Administrative Burden Among Supplemental Security Income Recipients
Center for Financial Security’s Retirement and Disability Research Center supported by the Social Security Administration
Extramural Mentored Fellowship
2020 - 2021 Impact of SNAP on Health Outcomes in a High-Risk Older Adult Population
UCSF Pepper Center
Role: Co-Investigator
Colleague(s): Hilary Seligman
2020 - 2021 Student Research Grant
Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, University of California, Berkeley
2019 - 2020 Berkeley Connect Fellowship
UC Berkeley
2019 - 2020 Extra Costs of Vision Loss: Understanding the Persistence of Poverty Amongst and Through the Words of Disabled Adults
Social Security Administration
Analyzing Relationships between Disability, Rehabilitation and Work (ARDRAW) Small Grant Program
Role: Principal Investigator
2018 - 2019 How SSI and SSDI Beneficiaries Work Around and Within Current Labor Incentive Programs
Social Security Administration
Analyzing Relationships between Disability, Rehabilitation and Work (ARDRAW) Small Grant Program
Role: Principal Investigator
2018 - 2019 Mentored Research Award Fellowship
University of California Office of the President
2017 - 2019 Social Welfare Dean's Conference Travel Award
University of California, Berkeley
2017 - 2017 Disability Chapter Grant
Awesome Foundation
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Professional Service and Affiliations

Present Member, National Association of Social Works (NASW)
Present Member, Society for Disability Studies (SDS)
Present Member, Society for Social Work (SSWR)
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Honors and Awards

  • 2021 Student Appreciation Award, MSW Class of 2021, Department of Social Work, School of Health Sciences, University of the Pacific
  • 2018-2019 University of California, Berkeley Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award
  • 2010 New York University Founders Day Award: For Achievement in the Highest Bracket of Scholastic Preferment
  • 2010 NYU President’s Service Award: For Distinguished Community Contribution and Service


2021 Ph.D., University of California - Berkeley ‐ School of Social Welfare
2011 MSW, Advanced Standing Program: Health and Mental Health Focus, CUNY Hunter College ‐ Silberman School of Social Work
2010 B.S., Honors, Social Work, New York University ‐ School of Social Work

Contact Information

School of Health Sciences
University of the Pacific
3455 5th Ave, Sacramento, CA 95817
Phone Number: 916.325.4665


Books and Book Chapters (2)

Articles (14)

Dissertation (1)

Presentations (25)