Kathy Lopes

Adjunct Faculty in the Role of Section Instructor
  • School of Social Work
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  • MSW

About Me

Kathy Lopes received her MSW in 2005 from Simmons University and her BA from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. After several years of clinical and policy practice within the school systems of Washington DC, Kathy returned to Simmons SSW in an Advisor role as the Coordinator of Academic & Student Services, as well as a part-time Instructor.

Her broad social work experience includes case management, clinical, and managerial roles with specific training in Cognitive Behavioral, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral and Child-Centered Play Therapies. Her social work involvement in a nationally publicized case has inspired her work in advocacy, policy reform and diversity development within the field.

What I Teach

  • SW200 - Social Welfare Policy
  • SW410 - Social Policy & Services
  • SW409 - Dynamics of Racism & Oppression
  • SW523 - Political Action & Strategies for Professional Social Workers


Selected Publications

Lopes, K. (2012). Care Coordination for the Well-Being of Children. In E. Clark & E. Hoffer (Eds.), Social Work Matters: The Power of Linking Policy & Practice (pp. 69-73). Washington, DC: NASW Press.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • National Association of Social Workers 
  • National Association of Black Social Workers - Simmons University Faculty Advisor 
  • Simmons University SSW Alumni Board - Past Vice President (2012-2013)


  • Justice for Victims of Crime Award - U.S. Department of Justice (2010)
  • Minnie Kelly Recent Graduate Award - Simmons SSW Alumni Association ( 2008)