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​​​​​​Susan Grossman, MSW, LCSW, DSW, APA

Office: Howley Hall 101


Tel.: 401-865-2519 

Dr. Grossman earned her doctoral and master's degrees in social work from Adelphi University. She teaches social policy, community and political practice, human behavior in organizations, international social work, and the senior capstone in which she works at helping students integrate theory and practice. Her primary practice experiences involved years of designing and directing inpatient, outpatient, and community-based residential programs for the severe and persistently mentally ill in New York City. She is a licensed and practicing clinical social worker in New York and is a Fellow of the American Psychoanalytic Association. In 2010, Dr. Grossman was named Social Worker of the Year in Social Action by the Rhode Island chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

In 2004, Dr. Grossman was awarded a three year grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education (FIPSE) to establish international student and faculty exchanges with three European Union universities and to create curriculum modules for a transatlantic practice model (TRANSPRAC). She currently administers a second major grant, Global Work with Kids (GWIK) from the US Department of Education and European Union Commission of Education for student semester exchanges and to develop an international social work practice for work with immigrant children.

She and Dr. Hayes founded the Social Work Research Institute, an endeavor involving faculty/student collaboration on research initiatives. She is chairperson of the Department (2010-2013) and co-advisor with Dr. Kranz to the Students for Social Action (SSA).

I hold a bias in favor of social work students learning how to think critically and creatively rather than memorizing menus of prescriptions. If I "give my students a fish" they have a meal for a night; if I "teach them how to fish," and motivate the highest in them, they have meals for every night of the professional and personal lives.


Michael Hayes, MSW, PhD

Office: Howley Hall 104


Tel.: 401-865-2521

Dr Hayes earned his MSW and his PhD degrees at the Smith College School for Social Work. He is a licensed independent clinical socal worker in the state of Massachusetts. His years of practice in child and adult psychotherapy enrich his teaching. He teaches courses in human development through the lifespan, research methods and statistical analysis, and field practice.His individual research interests include relationships between mental representation of reality and human behavior and theories of social justice and democratic processes. He is a co-founder of the Social Work Research Institute, an endeavor involvingfaculty/student collaboration on research initiatives.Dr. Hayes also teaches in the Feinstein Institute for Public Service, and since 2009, has served as President of the Faculty Senate.

The moments I enjoy most in teaching are ones when students begin to experience pleasure and interest in doing an activity under study,e.g., thinking developmentally about clients or analyzing their data from a research project.

Katherine Kranz, MSW, LICSW, Ph.D.

Office: Howley Hall 100


Tel.: 401-865-1581

Dr. Katherine Kranz earned her Ph.D in Social Work from Boston College and her MSW from Rhode Island College .She has published articles focusing on the development and use of a substance abuse treatment self-efficacy scale that is requested for use in studies nationally and internationally. Dr. Kranz teaches in the areas of addictions, human behavior, and micro practice. She has extensive practice experience with adolescents, adults, and families with addictions problems and provides workshops and trainings in the community on addictions issues. She has been honored as Social Worker of the Year from the NASW-RI Chapter for her work in the area of addictions and as a member of a group practice for managed care policy issues. She is co-advisor with Dr. Grossman to the Students for Social Action.



Kendra Marasco, LCSW

Office: Howley Hall 105


Tel.: 401-865-2524

Kendra Marasco earned her MSW at Rhode Island College.  She has taught as a Special Lecturer in the Social Work Department at Providence College since the fall semester of 1998.  She has traditionally taught the introductory social work course, as well as a course on violence against women.  She is the coordinator of Providence College’s Victim Advocacy, Support, & Education (VASE) program, which she founded in 2009.  She holds gubernatorial appointments as a member of Rhode Island’s Sexual Offender Community Notification Board of Review, as well Rhode Island’s Interagency Task Force on the Trafficking of Human Persons. Prior to joining Providence College, she spent 10 years working in the violence against women movement.  She served as the Executive Director of Sojourner House, one of Rhode Island’s six domestic violence agencies and a founding member of the RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  Her work in the domestic violence movement included chairing the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s legislative committee, teaching at both the state and municipal police academies, facilitating groups in the women’s and men’s prisons, working as a shelter-based advocate, and as a  court-based advocate.  She continues to do trainings on issues of violence against women throughout the state.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Providence College in 1987. She has served on numerous Boards for a variety of community-based and non-profit organizations.

Marian Mattison, MSW, DSW

Office: Howley Hall 107


Tel.: 401-865-2526 

Dr. Mattison earned her doctoral degree in social work at Columbia University and her MSW degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She teaches practice with individuals, groups, and families; human growth and behavior across the lifespan; and provides leadership to the field curriculum. Dr. Mattison's research interests include social work values and ethics, ethical decision-making and the ethical integration of technology into social work practice. Her practice experiences include work with children and families and also at-risk youth. Dr. Mattison's article, Ethical Decision Making: The Person in The Process, published in Social Work, is used in many graduate and undergraduate programs of social work. Dr. Mattison serves on numerous college committees and was the recipient of the Joseph R. Accinno Faculty Teaching Award in 2006. This award is presented annually to the Providence College faculty member who best exhibits excellence in teaching, passion, enthusiasm for learning, and genuine concern for students' academic and personal growth.

For me, integrating teaching and learning presents the challenge of developing instructional technologies and practices resulting in learning experiences that bridge the theory/practice divide. I am gratified when I can engage and involve students in long term learning that develops and deepens their understanding of human nature and their skills for effective helping.​​