Kathleen Faller MSW

Marion Elizabeth Blue Endowed Professor Emerita of Children and Families in the School of Social Work at the University of Michigan | Director, Family Assessment Clinic

KATHLEEN COULBORN FALLER, Ph.D., A.C.S.W., D.C.S.W., L.M.S.W. is Marion Elizabeth Blue Professor Emerita of Children and Families in the School of Social Work at the University of Michigan. She is also Co-Director of the Family Assessment Clinic at Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County.


She is involved in research, clinical work, teaching, training, and writing in the area of child welfare, child sexual abuse, and the child welfare workforce. Over the course of her career, she has received over 10 million dollars in funding to support her training, research, and practice related to child welfare, including six grants from the USDHHS Children’s Bureau. She has been a pioneer in trauma-informed, evidence-based practice for interviewing children who may have been sexually abused, focusing on complex cases. She conducts case record reviews of child welfare cases involved in civil litigation.


She is the author, editor, or co-editor of 10 books, Social Work with Abused and Neglected Children(The Free Press, 1981), Child Sexual Abuse: An Interdisciplinary Manual for Diagnosis, Case Management, and Treatment(Columbia University Press, 1988), Understanding Child Sexual Maltreatment(Sage Publications, 1990), Child Sexual Abuse: Intervention and Treatment(U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1993) the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children Study Guide: Interviewing Children Suspected of Having Been Sexually Abused(Sage Publications, 1996), Maltreatment in Early Childhood: Tools for Research-based Intervention(Haworth Press, 2000), Understanding and Assessing Child Sexual Maltreatment, Second Edition(Sage Publications, 2003), Interviewing Children about Sexual Abuse: Controversies and Best Practice(Oxford University Press, 2007), Seeking Justice in Child Sexual Abuse: Shifting Burdens and Sharing Responsibilities (Columbia University Press, 2010) and Contested Issues in Child Sexual Abuse Evaluation (Routledge 2014). She has also published over 100 book chapters and research and clinical articles. She has conducted over 300 juried conference presentations at international, national, and state conferences and provided over 250 workshops.