Dean of the School of Psychology, Family, and Community; Professor of Social Welfare
Office: Marston 129
Education: Education: BA, University of Texas at Austin, 1983; MSSW, University of Texas at Austin, 1988; PhD, University of Washington, 1998. At SPU since 2016.
Dr. Katy Tangenberg received her PhD in Social Welfare and has worked in several clinical, educational, and administrative contexts focused on health/mental health care, family-centered services, and Christian higher education administration. Teaching and research areas include clinical practice, social welfare policy, human sexuality, and intersections of faith and gender in leadership development, higher education, and health care. She has taught on the Social Work faculties of the University of Washington-Tacoma, the University of Iowa, and Azusa Pacific University. At APU she was founding director/chair of the Master of Social Work Program and also served as the associate dean of the School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences. She was thrilled to return to Seattle in 2016 to join the SPU community. She is married with two close-to-adult children and enjoys hiking, swimming, coffee, and great conversations.