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Katharine Cahn, PhD

Katharine Cahn, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Practice and Executive Director of the Center for Improvement of Child and Family Services at the School of Social Work at Portland State University.  Her work is dedicated to the reform of child serving systems with an emphasis on social justice, race equity, leadership, cross-systems collaboration, and implementation of change across systems. In addition to hosting Oregon’s Child Welfare Partnership, her center hosts a System of Care training institute, a child welfare / family support research team, and the Leadership Academy for Middle Managers, a component of the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute.  She has been an ally and strong supporter of youth voice and parent voice in child welfare both in Oregon and nationally.