Kate Gallagher joined the College of Public Health in 2017 as the director of the Office of Clinical Practice and Field Education. She joined the Office of Community-engaged Research and Practice (CERP) in August 2021 as the director of community-based education. In her role with CERP, Gallagher focuses on increasing meaningful learning experiences that will positively impact students together with the community. She is dedicated to expanding experiential learning opportunities for CPH students, such as service-learning, to pair their technical professional skills with relational, civic and community skills. She is interested in increasing awareness of healthcare disparities and actively preparing CPH students to be leaders in reducing and ending these disparities. She also focuses on building new relationships with and among CPH community partners.
Gallagher earned her BSW and MSW from Temple University. Prior to working in higher education, she worked in behavioral health practice and administration. For many years, she specialized in treating youth who engaged in sexually abusive behaviors and youth with histories of trauma and abuse.