Karen Badger
Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs
Ph.D. University of Kentucky, 2005
(859) 257-2350
  • Social Work in Healthcare
  • Occupational Stress
  • Secondary Trauma
  • Program Development in Education Curricula
  • Professional Development
  • Administration and Supervision

Dr. Badger has taught in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. Her areas of teaching have included practice, ethics, civic engagement, administrative and supervision, and the undergraduate senior capstone course. She has a strong interest in professional and student development, and in strengthening the resources found within communities and organizations. Her research agenda includes undergraduate educational programming and evaluation as well as professional development.

She is particularly interested in how peer support and community building within a university might impact academic performance and retention of students.

Other research efforts are focused on the healthcare environment and include topics such as examining secondary traumatic stress and other occupational stressors on health care social workers. She is currently involved in research examining the psychosocial adjustment of burn survivors, specifically the impact of peer support and social comfort on quality of life and community reintegration post-burn.