Name: Dr. Katharine Dill
Title: Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Field Education
Office Location: Dyson 337
Extension: (845) 575-3000 ext. 229
Degrees Held:


Bachelor in Social Work (University of Western Ontario, Canada, 1988)

Master’s Degree in Social Work (University of Toronto, Canada, 1993)

Diploma in Social Work Research (University of Toronto, Canada, 2000)

Ph.D. in Social Work (University of Toronto, Canada, 2010)

Post-graduate Certificate in Higher Education, Queen’s University Belfast, spring, 2015

Supervision of Post-graduate students, Queen’s University Belfast, May 2015. 




Katharine is the Field Education Coordinator and Assistant Professor at Marist College. She joined the Social Work Program in August 2016. She is Canadian-born and social work educated. She completed her Bachelor of Work Degree at King’s College, Western University in 1988, Masters of Social Work Degree from University of Toronto in 1993 and Diploma in Social Work Research also from University of Toronto in 2002. She spent 16 years working in the child welfare field as a front-line staff practitioner, supervisor, agency trainer and project manager. She returned to school to complete her doctoral education at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto in 2004.  As an adjunct lecturer, Katharine has taught clinical, organizational and community-based, and research courses in the Masters of Social Work program during and after the completion of her PhD. During her doctoral studies, she also pioneered the development of an on-line social work supervision course for the Faculty’s Continuing Education Program from 2005-2007.

From 2007-2013, Katharine was the founding Executive Director of Practice and Research Together (PART; This national membership-based knowledge exchange organization for child welfare organizations promotes the integration of evidence-informed practice. PART is a replication of the world-renowned Research in Practice (RiP) program at Dartington Hall, Totnes, UK. Under Katharine’s leadership, the program grew from a concept to a national, thriving organization.

Katharine undertook a big life adventure in 2013, when she accepted the position of assistant professor (lecturer) at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, U.K. This experience further widened her understanding of social work education, practice and research from an international perspective. During her time in this role (2.5 years), she completed two studies on social work supervision, developed and piloted a service user (client) service delivery feedback app, and taught a foundational course that prepares students for their initial social work placement: preparation for practice. This invaluable international experience has enriched Katharine’s knowledge and understanding of social work education and research. She capitalizes on this experience in her current teaching and research agenda.

Her current program of research focuses on social work and field education supervision, knowledge mobilization and innovation in social work education. She leverages her intersecting knowledge and research to better enhance our understanding of field education, particularly as it relates to training field supervisors. 

She is currently a contributing writer to the Simmons Field Educator Journal where she submits regular literature reviews designed to enhance the professional development of field supervisors:


Exploring the Hudson Valley Region. 

Awards & Honors:

Team Teaching Award, Queen's University Belfast, September 2015 



Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals: 

Benton, A. D., Dill, K., & Williams, A. E. (2017). Sacred time: ensuring the provision of excellent supervision. Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health, 32(4), 290–305.

Dill, K., Shera, W., & Webber, J. (2017). Teaching Note: many hands make light work : team teaching in social work education. The Journal of Baccaulearate Social Work, 22(22), 207–216.

Dill, K. (2017a). Field education literature review : Volume 1. Field Educator, 7(May), 1–5. Retrieved from

Dill, K. (2017b). Field education literature review : Volume 2 emotional triggers to field experiences : preparing students and field supervisors. Field Educator, 7(October). Retrieved from

Westwood, J., Dill, K., Campbell, A., & Shaw, A. (2017). Making it “APP”en: service user feedback: developing and implementing a service user APP: reflections from Northern Ireland, England and Scotland. Social Work Education, 36(8), 855–868.

Dill, K. Montgomery, L, Duffy, J. & Davidson, G. (2016) Service User involvement in Social Work Education: The Road Less Traveled. Field Educator:, Volume 6.2, Fall, 2016

Dill, K. & Shera, W. (2015). Empowering human services organizations to embrace evidence- informed Practice: International Best Practices. Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance, June 2015.

Dill, K. (2014). Supporting the Development of Interdisciplinary Knowledge Exchange and Evidence-informed Practice. Children and Family Law Update, 33, May 2014.

Dill, K. & Flynn, R. (2012). Improving the educational achievement of young people in out-of-home care, introductory chapter. Children and Youth Services Review Volume  34/6, June 2012.

Dill, K. & Shera, W (2012). Promoting Evidence-informed Practice in Child Welfare in Ontario: Progress, Challenges and Future Directions. Research in Social Work  Practice. 22 (2), 204 – 213

Dill, K., Shera, W. Ekins, A. (2010) Making Evidence-informed Practice a Reality in Child Welfare Organizations. American Humane’s Protecting Children Journal Issue  Dedicated to Innovations in Child Welfare. 25 (1), 86-98.

Dill, K., & Shera, W. (2009). Designing for Success: The Development of a Child Welfare  Research Utilization Initiative. Evidence and Policy: A Journal of Research and Debate, 5(2), 155-166.

Dill, K., & Bogo, M. (2009). Moving Beyond the Administrative: Supervisors' Perspectives on Clinical Supervision in Child Welfare. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 3(1), 87-105.

Bogo, M. & Dill, K. (2008). Walking the Tightrope: Using Power and Authority in Child Welfare Supervision. Child Welfare League of America (CWLA): 87 (6), 141-157.

Dill, K. (2007). Impact of Stressors on Child Welfare Supervisors. Clinical Supervisor, 26(1-2), 177-193.

Edited Book

Dill, K., & Shera, W.  (Ed.). (2012) Implementing Evidence-informed Practice: International Perspectives. Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press.

Chapters in Books (Peer Reviewed)

Dill, K. & Shera, W. (2012) Pushing the Envelope: Future Directions for Evidence-informed Practice . Chapter 2 in Dill & Shera (eds). Implementing Evidence-informed Practice: International Perspectives. Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press.

Dill, K. (2011). Finding the Best Home: A Comparative Analysis of Kinship and Foster Care Placements . Chapter 11 in Kufeldt, K. & McKenzie, B. (eds.). Child Welfare: Connecting Research, Policy and Practice, 2nd Edition. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier Press.

Edited Journal

 Dill, K. & Flynn. R (2012). Educational interventions, practices, and policies to improve educational outcomes among children and youth in out-of-home care. Children and Youth Services Review, Volume 34/6, June 2012.

Book Reviews

Dill, K.A. (2017). Book Review: Understanding Family Support: Policy, Practice and Theory, Child in Care Practice Journal,

Dill, K. A. (2016). Book Review: “Evidence-based Practice in Social Work Development of a New Professional Culture.” British Journal of Social Work, June 2016 1-2;

Dill, K.A. (2005). Book Review: “Child Custody and Domestic Violence: A Call for Safety and Accountability” Child Abuse and Neglect, Volume 29, Issue 9

Research Interests:

Social Work Education

Social Work Field Education

Knowledge Mobilization 

Conferences & Workshops:



Dill, K. & Hanssen, D. Finding the right fit: matching processes for social work interns, New York Social Work Education Conference, Saratoga Springs, New York, October, 2017

Dill, K. & Hanssen, D. Through the Looking Glass: Promoting Reflective Practice within the Social Work Classroom, New York Social Work Education Conference, Saratoga Springs, New York, October, 2017

Dill, K. & Hanssen, D. Finding the right fit: matching processes for social work interns, BPD Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, March, 2018.

Dill, K. & Hanssen, D. Through the Looking Glass: Promoting Reflective Practice within the Social Work Classroom, BPD Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, March, 2018.

Dill, K. & Shera, W., Empowering Human Services Organizations to Embrace Evidence-informed Practice: International Best Practices, Global Implementation Conference, Dublin Ireland, May 2015.

Westwood, J, Campbell, A. & Dill, K. Development of a Service User Feedback App, Joint Social Work and Research Conference, London, England, July, 2015.

Dill, K. & Bell, Maddie: Making it Accessible: Knowledge Mobilization in the Context of working with Domestic Violence Situations, European Conference on Domestic Violence, September 2015.

Dill, K. & Wilson, G. Tale of Two Countries: Field Education in Northern Ireland, UK and Ontario, Canada. Council on Social Work Education, Tampa Florida, October, 2014.

Dill, K, Stoddart, J, Moving beyond the Ivory Tower: Creating a Practice-based Research Agenda with Child Welfare Practitioners, Silberman School of Social Work, New York City, June 2014.

Dill, K., Higgins, K, Antcliff, G., Developing a Practice-based Community of Practice, Third International Conference on Practice Research, Silberman School of Social Work, New York City, June 2014.

Dill, K. Stoddart, J, Goodman, D. Albers, B: Laying the Groundwork, Developing a system-wide research agenda for children’s services, Presentation at the Global Implementation Conference Washington, D.C. August, 2013.

Brady, E. & Dill, K: Laying the Groundwork: Implementation of a province-wide literacy program, Presentation at the Global Implementation Conference, Washington, D.C. August 2013.



Dill, K. (February 25, 2010). Research Dissemination from the Perspective of Implementing and Running the Practice and Research Together Program;, Presentation to Carleton School of Social Work Research Methods Class.

Dill, K. (March, 2008). Making Evidence-informed Practice a Reality for Child Welfare in Ontario: An overview of the PART program, Presentation at the ‘Beyond the Rhetoric: International Perspectives on Evidence-informed Practice Workshop, Dartington, Totnes, UK.


Westwood, J., Dill, K. & Campbell, A; Shaw, A (February 2016). Implementing a Service User Feedback App: Conference: Social work education and research across boundaries, At The Open University. Milton Keynes. UK.

Dill, K. (October, 2014). Putting the Know in Knowledge Mobilisation: Case Study Analysis of Knowledge Mobilisation Organisations. Presentation at the Link Partners Annual Meeting, Coventry, England.

Dill, K. (July, 2014). And They Said it Couldn’t be Done: Creating, Building and Sustaining a Knowledge Exchange Program—Based on a Canadian Experience, DARE conference, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

Dill, K. (November 2013) The Little Engine that Could: Creating, Building & Sustaining a Canadian-based Knowledge Exchange Program. Keynote presentation for IRISS Annual General Meeting, Glasgow, Scotland.


Dill, K. (January 2014) Fitting a Square Peg into a Round Hole – Understanding Kinship Care outside of the Foster Care Paradigm—Presentation to Foster Care Team, Southeastern Trust, Northern Ireland.

Dill, K. (July 2010). Fitting a Square Peg into a Round Hole – Understanding Kinship Care outside of the Foster Care Paradigm – Presentation to Cangrands, Jackson’s Point, Ontario.

Dill, K. (October, 2008). Clinical Elements of Kinship Placements. Presentation to Eastern Zone Children’s Aid Societies. Cobourg, Ontario.

Dill, K. (May, 2006). Impact of Stressors on Front Line Child Welfare Supervisors. Presentation at the Foster Care Operators of Ontario Annual Conference. Toronto, Ontario.