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
“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,”
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.
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