Stacy Kratz

Clinical Assistant Professor

Interests include policy practice and advocacy, community organizing, diversity and belonging, mental health and wellness, refugee services, social innovation and capacity-building sport social work initiatives within the sport for development and sport for peace and justice global movements.

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Stacy Kratz
Email:  skratz@usc.edu
Phone:  +1 813.380.2375
Rank:  Clinical Teaching
Department:  Social Change and Innovation
Assignment:  VAC

Stacy Kratz

Clinical Assistant Professor

Interests include policy practice and advocacy, community organizing, diversity and belonging, mental health and wellness, refugee services, social innovation and capacity-building sport social work initiatives within the sport for development and sport for peace and justice global movements.

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Biography

Professor Stacy Kratz joined USC in 2011. She specializes in policy practice, advocacy, and activism, and is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), a certified addiction professional (CAP), a researcher, a community advocate and organizer, and an international leader in the sport social work subspecialty focusing on the sport for social justice and peace movement. Professor Kratz serves as lead faculty for the School of Social Work's Sport Social Work Task Force, as well as Executive Board Member of the Alliance of Social Workers in Sports (ASWIS.org).
She started in social work as a clinical therapist at MacDill Air Force Base and has worked on multiple community-based program development projects. She currently serves as founding chair of the Tampa Bay, Florida, Refugee Task Force Mental Health Team. Recent projects include leading an interdisciplinary team to expand evidence-based mental health treatment options, especially for survivors of torture, developing refugee mental health evaluation strategies, and amplifying the sport platform in refugee wellness. She also investigates health promotion and disease prevention communication. Specifically, she utilizes a constructivist grounded theory approach in understanding how mother/daughter dyads communicate what constitutes health and sexual health to better understand the process, action and interaction of communication, focused on the relation to disease prevention and HIV/AIDS.
Professor Kratz was awarded the Jane Addams Faculty Award from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work in 2016. As an educator, she focuses on the student experience and how to best support faculty in engaging and challenging students to provoke impassioned responses to the Grand Challenges for Social Work and Society. She has published and presented papers and conducted trainings at numerous interdisciplinary conferences both in the United States and internationally, regarding current and emerging web-based technology to support teaching and learning.
Additional community-impact awards include Tampa Bay Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers; Community Partner of the Year by the University of South Florida College of Public Health; Nonprofit of the Year by the Tampa Bay Business Journal; Social Work Scholar by the Conn Family Foundation; Empowerment Award by Project Prosper, Inc.; and the annual Human Rights Award of the Tampa Bay Human Rights Council.

Education

University of South Florida

PhD 2018

University of South Florida

MSW 2006

University of South Florida

BSW 2005

Southern Illinois University

BA 1987

Area of Expertise

  • Sport Social Work / Sport for Development, Social Justice and Peace

  • Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Social Change and Innovation

  • Diversity and Belonging in Organization Processes

  • Mental and Behavioral Health

  • Refugee and Immigrant Mental Health and Wellness

  • Addiction Professional

  • Social Development, Community Engagement, and Policy Advocacy

  • HIV/AIDS

  • Substance Abuse

  • Social Work Education in the Virtual World

  • Faculty Development in the Virtual World

Industry Experience

  • Social Services and Program Development

  • Sport Social Work / Sport for Social Development Global Initiatives

  • Refugee, Asylee, and Parolee Policy and Advocacy

  • Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Writing and Editing

  • Research

  • Education/Learning

Accomplishments

Jane Addams Award (2016)

Faculty Teaching and Mentorship

Exceptional Community Partner Award (2015)
University of South Florida College of Public Health
Empowerment Award recognizing Tampa Bay Refugee Task Force (2015)
Project Prosper
Human Rights Award (2014)
Tampa Bay Human Rights Council 
Nonprofit of the Year (2012)
Tampa Bay Business Journal

Articles & Publications

Kratz, S. (in press, expected release September 2021). Sport social work. Social Worker’s Desk Reference. 4th ed.  Oxford University Press. 

Kratz, S. (2021). Veteran’s Administrations VISN-8 Motivational Interviewing Training Module.

Rosado, S., Fogel, S., & Kratz, S. (in progress). Responding to COVID-19: Does prior college athletic experience play a role for women in middle-age?

Taylor, N., Forster, L., Green, W., Kratz, S., Walters, F. (2020). Education Researchers Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Education at Home. Joint Education Trust. https://www.jet.org.za/covid-19-research-response/south-african-bootcamp/theme-1 

Smith-Maddox, R., Brown, L., Kratz, S. & Newmyer, R. (2020). Developing policy advocacy practice for ending homelessness. Journal of Social Work Education. DOI: 10.1080/10437797.2020.1723761

Kratz, S., Smith-Maddox, R. & Wiley, J. (2019). Developing and sustaining an online community of practice in social work education. In R.P. Maiden (Ed.) The transformation of social work education through virtual learning (pp. 1-22). Cambridge Scholars Press.

Kratz, S.E. (2018). An Exploratory study of health promotion and disease prevention communication among Haitian mother/daughter dyads in West Central Florida (Doctoral dissertation).

Kratz, S.E. (2014). A primer in problem solving therapy. Training curriculum: National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Tampa Bay Unit Workshop 

Kratz, S.E. (2013). Motivational interviewing for child welfare prevention service programming: Successful Kids training curriculum. Success 4 Kids and Families, Tampa, Florida.

Bishop, H., & Glaesser, R. & Kratz, S.  (2012).  CRRC expansion technical report. University of South Florida, School of Social Work, & US Department of Veterans Affairs, National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans.

Research Focus

  • Sport for Social Development

  • Mental and Behavioral Health

  • HIV/AIDS

  • Substance Use, Abuse, and Addiction

  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Citizenship

  • Social Work Education in the Virtual World

Availability

  • Keynote

  • Moderator

  • Panelist

  • Workshop

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