Anne Katz joined the faculty in 2014 as a clinical professor. For the past 24 years, she has served as co-director of the USC Tingstad Older Adult Counseling Center. Her research interests include aging in prison, HIV/AIDS and older adults, women’s issues and aging, caregiver stress and counseling older adults.
Dr. Katz is currently supervising the Healing Squad, a program that provides social work interns the opportunity to go inside a state prison and work with elderly female inmates in a therapeutic environment. The workshops offered through the program incorporate techniques that instill hope and healing through multidimensional therapy and memory/brain exercises. These exercises are designed to provide a safe, nonjudgmental arena for inmates to express unconscious and conscious defenses, promote disclosure and diminish symptoms without verbal interpretation. She is also a member of CREATE, a multidisciplinary team working toward developing systematic approaches to criminal justice issues that incorporate factors such as mental illness and aging.
Dr. Katz received the 2011 Rose Dobrof Award for her article “Keeping Your Eye on the Process: Body Image, Older Women, and Countertransference.” The accolade recognizes authors whose articles in the Journal of Gerontological Social Work are determined to have the strongest methodology, greatest innovation and the strongest application to gerontological social work practice and policy.
In 2012, she received the USC School of Social Work’s Master Field Instruction Award in recognition and appreciation of excellence in field education, outstanding leadership and special contribution to the field of social work. The following year, she was presented with the Heart of Social Work Award for providing innovative service to the School of Social Work through field education, collaboration and teaching.
Dr. Katz received her bachelor’s degree from USC in 1978 and a Master in Social Work from San Diego State University in 1981. A licensed clinical social worker, she served as a geriatric social worker at UCLA Medical Center until 1988. She returned to school to pursue her PhD in social work, graduating from USC in 1992.
Katz, A. (2011). Keeping Your Eye on the Process: Body Image, Older Women, and Countertransference. Journal of Gerontological Social Work.