• Biographical Description

  • I started at GSSW as student in 1995, later became an MSW field instructor while working for Kids Voting Colorado (1998), and then at the Children's Hospital (1999-2004), and also taught as an adjunct for several years. Since 2006 I have been on the faculty, first as a Field Coordinator (2006-2015) and  as an Associate Professor of the Practice of Social Work coordinating our Foundation and Advanced Standing curriculum and programs (2015-2019). As of July 2019, I am serving as the Director of the Denver Campus MSW Program and oversee our Advanced Standing Programs. 

    While on the field team I worked coordinating field sites, meeting individually with students, and serving on the Field Advisory Board. My work as a member of the Curriculum Committee led me to the opportunity to establish the Health and Wellness Concentration. Along with developing a number of health and wellness courses, I created GSSW's Disability Studies values course, which has become a total passion for me. From 2015-2019 my focus was on integration of our 8 required MSW foundation courses and worked with the Foundation Leads during the development of MSW@Denver, DU's online MSW program. With Advanced Standing, I help with onboarding AS students, lead the AS Seminar, and integration of AS students into the concentration year. Now as the Director, I am responsible for the overall program on the Denver Campus, and work with students, faculty, adjunct faculty and our phenomenal staff to continue to refine a quality on-ground MSW student experience.

    Additionally, I am one of the co-founders of Yoga for the People http://www.yogaforthepeople.org/ a non-profit which works with health and human service professionals and yoga teachers to bring sustainable yoga programs to communities in need. As a board member, I annually supervise GSSW interns who coordinate matching our yoga teachers to community agencies and who lead trainings for Yoga for the People. This project is run by volunteers and interns, and is now 11 years old!

    My past experience includes wilderness programming, youth and families, state wide voter initiatives, job-training and preventative program development. My passion is “community mind-body social work” including yoga and integration of spirit into daily practice. I have a "nerdy" side which manifests in a focus on assessment and lots of charts!

    My philosophy is summed up well with the quote “Love is neither given nor received, but rather discovered and allowed.” (The Oracle of the Goddess; Amy Zerner & Monte Farber)

  • In Action

  • Courses

  • 2019-2020 Courses

    Professional Development Seminar

    Human Behavior in the Social Environment

    Wellness Promotion Across the Lifespan

    Mind Body Social Work

    Advanced Standing Seminar

    Disability Studies

    Prior courses include:

    Field Seminar

    Clinical Skills Lab

    Community/Macro Theory and Practice

    Integrated Social Work Practice for Social Justice

    Program Development

    Evolving Perspectives and Trends in Health and Wellness




  • Resume

  • Kate Ross full resume 19-20

  • Publications

  • American International Journal for SocialScience.  February 15 2014 EDITOR of article: Neuropsychophysiological Effectsof Chronic and Excessive Stress—the author is Ashlie Balen.

  • Research

  • During the 2016-2017 academic year, I have been co-investigating a research project with Professor Nicole Nicotera looking at the value of self-care guidance and workshops for foundation year students.

  • Gallery

  • kate and phoebe1.jpg
    kate and phoebe1.jpg Kate and daughter Phoebe practicing yoga
  • Yoga for the People Fundraiser
    Yoga for the People Fundraiser

This portfolio last updated: 23-Oct-2019 12:01 PM