Kathryn Szechy


 Szechy comes to the PhD program after 21 years in clinical practice. She received her MSW from the University of Toronto and practiced child, adolescent and adult inpatient and outpatient mental health in Canada, as well as becoming involved in research. After coming to Michigan in 2004, she has been a research therapist with the University of Michigan Addiction Research Center, was in private practice and most recently spent 10 years as a school social worker.


B.A. Honors Psychology, The University of Western Ontario

Master's in Social Work, The University of Toronto

Graduate Certificate Research and Evaluation, Wayne State University School of Social Work






Research Focus

 The transition to adulthood, family adjustment, and adult outcomes for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder


Wayne State University Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute Pre-Doctoral Training Fellow
School Social Work Certification, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Licensed Master’s Social Worker, Michigan – Clinical and Macro Practice
Crisis Prevention Intervention certification


Professional Associations

National Association of Social Workers

International Society for Autism Research



Honors and Awards

The University of Toronto:  Ontario Graduate Scholarship

The University of Toronto:  Master's Open Fellowship

Wayne State University School of Social Work 2020 SW student research symposium PhD level poster winner





 Kathryn A Szechy (née Campbell)
Ellis, J. D., Resko, S. M., Szechy, K., Smith, R., & Early, T. J. (2019). Characteristics Associated with
Attitudes toward Marijuana Legalization in Michigan. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 1-8.

Goldberg, S., Simmons, R.J., Neuman, J., Campbell (Szechy), K. & Fowler, R.S. (1991) Congenital
Heart Disease, Parental Stress, and Infant-Mother Relationships. Journal of Pediatrics, 119,

McNeill, T., Nicholas, D., Szechy, K., & Lach,L. (1998) Perceived Outcome of Social Work
Intervention: Beyond Consumer Satisfaction. Social Work in Health Care, 26, 1-18.

Pederson, D.R., Moran, G., Sitko, C., Campbell (Szechy), K., Ghesquiere, K., & Acton, H. (1990)
Maternal Sensitivity and the Security of Infant-Mother Attachment: A Q-sort Study. Child
Development, 61,1974-1983.

Resko, S., Ellis, J., Early, T. J., Szechy, K. A., Rodriguez, B., & Agius, E. (2019).
Understanding Public Attitudes Toward Cannabis Legalization: Qualitative Findings
From a Statewide Survey. Substance Use & Misuse, 1-13.


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