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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


Professor Kristen Seay joined the faculty of the College of Social Work in 2014. She is also a faculty affiliate for the Center for Violence and Injury Prevention at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to joining the University of South Carolina, Seay was an instructor at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.

Since 2017, Seay has served as principal investigator on a Duke Endowment-award funded research to develop a health and education information exchange platform for children and youth in foster care in South Carolina. This will allow case managers at the South Carolina Department of Social Services to log into one system and access health and educational data on children that are in their caseload, instead of contacting schools and providers individually. Another goal is to improve the outcome of children in foster care by having more complete records, lessening the transition time to a new foster care placement. In 2016, Seay was a co-investigator on the first positive parenting program study in the United States, examining the effectiveness in preventing and reducing behavior problems among African-American and European-American children in the child welfare system. The study was funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Prior to her teaching experience, Seay worked professionally as a social services case manager and senior social worker for public child welfare agencies in Georgia and Alabama. Her primary duties were investigating reports of child abuse and neglect.   

Seay has recently co-authored journal articles on topics including, developing a comprehensive fidelity measurement system, problematic substance use and treatment among Latino caregivers involved with child welfare and perceptions of program acceptability, and the appropriateness of child welfare involved parents. Her publications have been featured in scholarly journals, including the Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, Children and Youth Services Review, and the Journal of Child and Family Studies.

Seay received her Master of Social Work, including a Certificate in Disaster Recovery, from Florida State University. She earned her Ph.D. from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.

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