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College of Social Work

Faculty and Staff

Kristen Seay, Ph.D., MSW

Title: Assistant Professor
College of Social Work
Phone: 803-777-4221
Office: Hamilton 128
Resources: Curriculum Vitae
Kristen Seay


Assistant Professor Kristen Seay joined the faculty of the College of Social Work in 2014. Through her scholarship, Seay seeks to decrease child maltreatment, enhance parenting, and improve the well-being of vulnerable children and families. Seay is the principal investigator of a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (P20GM130420 7372) addressing social, emotional, and behavioral health and healthy lifestyle behaviors in preschool children. She is also the PI of a three-year grant funded by The Duke Endowment to develop a health and education information exchange platform. This database aims to improve child welfare case management and enhance the well-being of children in foster care across the state of South Carolina by increasing the accuracy and efficiency of health and educational record keeping. Seay is conducting research on child neglect and emotional maltreatment through a partnership with Children’s Trust of South Carolina through funding from the BlueCross® BlueShield® of South Carolina Foundation, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

She is the prior recipient of a National Research Service Award Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (F31DA034442, Seay, PI) from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being, and a Fahs-Beck Doctoral Dissertation Grant. Seay is on the Administrative Core for the Capstone Maltreatment Center: Center for Innovation in Child Maltreatment at Washington University in St. Louis (PI: Melissa Jonson-Reid) and an associate member of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence.

Prior to her academic career, Seay worked professionally as a social services case manager, investigating child maltreatment for public child welfare agencies in Georgia and Alabama. Her publications have been featured in scholarly journals, including Child Maltreatment, American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Prevention Science, Children and Youth Services Review, and The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. She received a BSW from the University of Georgia, an MSW from Florida State University, and a Ph.D. from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. 

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