Katherine Leith

Contributing Faculty
College of Social and Behavioral Health
Barbara Solomon School of Social Work
Master of Social Work (MSW)

Dr. Leith has been working and teaching in the fields of social work, aging, and public health for almost 20 years. She has extensive experience in both academia and community practice. She holds master’s degrees in Social Work and Public Health and a Doctorate in Health Services Administration. She is a licensed clinical social worker in the State of South Carolina. Initially, Dr. Leith worked as social work case manager for the NC Department of Mental Health, as coordinator of an adult day program for persons with mental illness and intellectual disabilities. Later she served as medical social worker at a SC dialysis clinic. Her most recent clinical practice was with the SC Department of Mental Health, as social work supervisor at Bryan Psychiatric Hospital, Forensics. After obtaining her PhD, Dr. Leith continues to hold educational positions related to teacher leadership, curriculum design, and assessment at both online and brick and mortar schools, both nationally and internationally. She continues to teach Social Welfare and Policy, Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Research Methodology, Aging, and Advanced Practice courses in Social Work and in Public Health. She also serves as grant reviewer/panel chair for ACL, ACF, and CMS. She has published over 20 articles/books/book chapters. Dr. Leith is an associate editor for /reviewer for the Frontiers in Public Health and Pedagogy in Health Promotion journals. At Walden University, she is teaching in the social work program.


Postbaccalaureate Certificate, University of South Carolina

PhD, University of South Carolina

MSW, University of South Carolina

MPH, University of South Carolina