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Kate Behan, MSW, PhD

Assistant Professor of Family Studies & Human Services

Contact Information

105A Tullis, Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus


Areas of Specialization

  • Family violence
  • Intimate partner violence against heterosexual men
  • Same-sex intimate partner violence
  • Developmental effects of exposure to violence on children
  • Developmental and family systems effects of participation of children in pageants.


  • Doctoral of Philosophy in Human Development and Family Studies, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, May 2012
  • Master of Social Work, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA, June 2001
  • Bachelor of Science, History and Social Science with a minor in Political Science, Radford University, Radford, VA, May 1988

Courses Taught

  • FSHS 010 – Orientation to FSHS

  •  FSHS 110 – Introduction to Human Development

  • FSHS 300 – Families and Poverty

  • FSHS 302 – Introduction Human Sexuality

  • FSHS 305 – Family Violence

  • FSHS 310 – Early Childhood

  • FSHS 350 – Family Relationships and Gender Roles

  • FSHS 506 – Middle Childhood and Adolescence

  • FSHS 510 – Human Development and Aging

  • FSHS 860 – Family Policy

Professional Biography

Dr. Kate Behan has been working in human services for 30 years. Most of her human services experience consisted of working in group homes with developmentally disabled adults, some with mental illnesses. She worked for the City of Alexandria, VA for nearly 10 years doing direct care, supervision of group homes and staff, and finally as the assistant director of residential programs.

Dr. Behan received her MSW from Eastern Washington University (Cheney, WA) in June 2001. During graduate school, she had a practicum at Washington State University Spokane workingon a Department of Justice demonstration program designed to address trauma in children exposed to caregiver intimate partner violence. After graduation she became a full-time evaluator/research associate with WSU and was employed there a total of six years before going to Oregon State University to pursue my doctoral degree. While pursuing her doctoral degree she worked part-time as a domestic violence/sexual assault advocate and as a volunteer center coordinator for a community services consortium.

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)