Dr. Katz is a Clinical Professor of Social Work. For the past 24 years, she has also been the Co-Director of the University of Southern California (USC) Tingstad Older Adult Counseling Center. Her research interests include: aging in prison, HIV/AIDS and older adults, women’s issues and aging, caregiver stress, and counseling older adults.
Dr. Katz is currently supervising the “Healing Squad,” a program that provides social work interns a rare opportunity to go inside a state prison and work in a therapeutic environment with elderly female inmates, a much neglected and vulnerable population. She is also a part of a multi-disciplinary team called CREATE that works to develop systematic approaches to focus on criminal justice issues and incorporates many factors such as mental illness and aging.
In 2011, Dr. Katz received The Rose Dobrof Award designed to recognize authors of articles published in the Journal of Gerontological Social Work that are methodologically rigorous, demonstrate strong innovation, and show a great impact on gerontological social work practice for her article titled “Keeping Your Eye on the Process: Body Image, Older Women, and Countertransference.” In 2012, she received the Master Field Instruction Award, awarded by the USC School of Social Work in recognition and appreciation of excellence in field education, outstanding leadership and special contributions to the field of social work. In 2013, she received the Heart of Social Work Award for providing outstanding, innovative service to the USC School of Social Work, through field education, collaboration, and teaching.
Dr. Katz received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Southern California in 1978; Master’s Degree in Social Work from San Diego State University in 1981 and became licensed in clinical social work in 1984. She worked as a geriatric social worker at UCLA Medical Center until 1988, and then returned to school to pursue a PhD in Social Work, graduating from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work in 1992.