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Dr. Kathryn Conroy received her BA from Fordham University, her MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work, and her DSW from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is also a licensed clinical social worker.
For years she has worked in direct service and administrative positions in social services. First at Good Shepherd Services, a child welfare agency, then as the Deputy Coordinator for Youth Services in the Mayor’s Office of the City of New York, then as the Assistant General Director for Research, Policy and Program Development at the Community Service Society, and then as the Assistant Dean and Director of Field Education at Columbia University School of Social Work where she also taught courses in child welfare and work with women who are battered. Since 2008 she has been the executive director and CEO of Hedge Funds Care, Preventing and Treating Child Abuse, a small international charity that raises money in the financial industry and grants it to programs working in the area of child abuse.
During her career Dr. Conroy founded the Safe Homes Project for Battered Women and Their Children, a community-based domestic violence program in Brooklyn, New York, helped found the first battered women’s shelter in New York State, Women’s Survival Space, and helped initiate several New York City-based programs including WISH, Women in Self Help, a program for displaced homemakers, YALA, the Young Adult Learning Academy, a high school for educationally underserved teens, and the Teen Parent Program, for pregnant and parenting teens.
Dr. Conroy currently serves on a number of boards, including New Yorkers for Children and Court Appointed Special Advocates, both dealing with children in child welfare and the foster care system. Dr. Conroy completed a two-year fellowship with the Open Society Institute working with the Mongolian State University of Education Social Work Department to establish Field Education and trained faculty and local practitioners in work in child abuse and with battered women and their families.
Dr. Conroy has published in the areas of battered women, child welfare, and trauma. She has conducted research in the area of child welfare funded by both the private and the public sectors. Her current position at Hedge Funds Care, Preventing and Treating Child Abuse has her working in 9 cities in the United States and 3 additional countries with plans to expand.