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About Patricia Desrosiers

Dr. Patricia Desrosiers, LCSW, worked as a case manager and then a clinical social worker dedicating almost 20 years to clients of the community mental health center. She completed her Ph. D. in social work in 2009 and is currently an associate professor and the Acting Department Head of Social Work at Western Kentucky University having held that position since January 2018. Prior to that, she held the position of MSW Program Director. Areas of research interest include leadership, supervision, trauma informed care practices, online teaching, and international social work.


Present Associate Professor/Acting Department Head, Western Kentucky University Department of Social Work

Curriculum Vitae



2016 - 2017 Domestic Violence Services Knowledge Study
WKU College of Health and Human Services
Quick Turnaround Grant
Role: Co-Investigator
Colleague(s): Christopher Joffrion
2016 - 2017 Infusing Substance Abuse Content Into the Social Work Curriculum
Meharry Medical Center via SAMHSA
Role: SBIRT Champion
Colleague(s): Dr. R.Lyle Cooper, Dr. Dana Sullivan, Dr. Amy Cappiccie, Dr. Whitney Harper, Dr. Dawn Wright, Dr. Lynette Smith
2016 - 2016 Exploration of Leadership Among Kentucky's Social Work Non-Profits
WKU Center for Leadership Excellence
Exploration of Leadership
Role: Co-Investigator
Colleague(s): Dr. April Murphy
2015 - 2016 Victim Services Needs Assessment Memorandum of Agreement
Kentucky Justice & Public Safety Cabinet - 1600000653
WKU - Victim Services Needs Assessment
Role: Prinicipal Investigator
2011 - 2015 Kentucky State Victim Assistance Academy
Kentucky Justice & Public Safety Cabinet - 2011-VF-GX-K004
State Victim Assistance Academy
Role: Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): Lynde Revert, Christopher James, Erica Thompson, Betty Tonui, Azalia Gongora
2014 - 2014 Development and Evalutation of an Online Writing Course
WKU DELO Online Learning Research Office (OLRO)
Role: Co-Investigator
Colleague(s): Dr. Jay Gabbard, Emily Funk
2014 - 2014 Ultimate Trainer Event
Office Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Office - In-Kind
OVC TTAC Ultimate Trainer
Role: Prinicpal Investigator
Colleague(s): Azalia Gongora
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2017 - Present KY State President, American Association of University Women (AAUW)
2016 - 2018 Peer Reviewer, Advances in Social Work
2007 - 2018 Member, Council on Social Work Education
2001 - 2018 Member/Contributor to Social Work Speaks, National Association of Social Work
2016 Peer Reviewer, Violence and Victims
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Honors and Awards

  • College of Health and Human Services Faculty Public Service Award. AY 2016.
  • Interdisciplinary Award FY12 from WKU Office of Research.
  • Junior Investigator FY12 from WKU Office of Research.
  • First Time Awardee FY12 from WKU Office of Research


  • SWRK 560/561 Generalist Field Practicum
  • SWRK 630 Advanced Rural Social Welfare Policy
  • SWRK 610 Administration and Supervision in Social Work
  • SWRK 577 Supervision of Advanced Casework Practice
  • SWRK 679 Professional Social Work Writing Seminar
  • SWRK 620 Advanced Psychosocial Approaches for Rural Practice
  • SWRK 622 Integrated Social Work Practice with Families


May 2002 - December 2009 Ph.D., Doctoral Student, University of Louisville ‐ Kent School of Social Work
August 1999 - July 2001 MSW, Graduate Student, University of Southern Indiana ‐ Social Work

Recent Works (1)

Reports (3)

Research Works (3)