Katherine Holler

Professor Katherine Holler

Instructor of Social Work

  • Master of Social Work, Community Organizing and Social Work, Certificate in Human Services Management, University of Pittsburgh
  • Bachelor of Science, Social Work, Magna Cum Laude, Franciscan University


  • Director of Education, Board Member, Catholic Social Workers National Association
  • Student Research Assistant, Research for Equity and Power- University of Pittsburgh
  • Secretary, Board Member, Refuge for Women Pittsburgh
  • Program Director, Refuge for Women Ohio Valley
  • Social Services Facilitator, Children Solutions


  • Catholic Social Workers National Association (CSWNA)

Awards and Honors

  • 2020 – Community Engagement Fellow, University of Pittsburgh
  • 2019 – Presenter, Catholic Social Workers National Association Conference
  • 2019 – Instruments of Peace Award for Social Work, Franciscan University
  • 2019 – St. Maximilian Kolbe Award for Outstanding Service, Franciscan University
  • Human trafficking and domestic violence
  • Public policy effects on communities
  • Criminal justice reform
  • Community based participatory research
  • “Research for Equity and Power (REP): Strategies and Lessons Learned About Community Based Participatory Research”, Community Engaged Scholarship Forum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 2021.
  • “The Light that Shines in the Darkness: The Power of Hope in Social Work Practice”. Catholic Social Workers National Association Conference, Steubenville, Ohio, November 2019.
Department Faculty