Kendra J. Garrett, MSW, PhD, LICSW portrait

Kendra J. Garrett, MSW, PhD, LICSW

Professor Emerita
BA, MSW, University of Iowa
PhD, The Catholic University of America
SCB 201
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave,
St. Paul, MN 55105

I have always been fascinated by groups and group dynamics, and particularly by the interplay between dynamics and outcomes. As a former school social worker, I am particularly interested in finding ways to show the importance of social work services in the school and demonstrating ways that these services help students improve academically and socially. My scholarly interests are in group work with children and youth, school social work outcomes, record keeping, ethics of decision making regarding minor clients, links between teaching and practice, and evaluation of practice and teaching outcomes. 

Expertise / Research Interests

  • Skills for leading groups and ways to foster effective group dynamics
  • Group work dynamics and their effect on group outcomes
  • School social work evaluation and outcomes
  • Identifying the links between group outcomes and student performance in schools
  • Record keeping in school-based practice
  • Ethical practice with minors

Selected Publications & Presentations

Garrett, K.J., & Giddings, K. (2014). Improving impulse control: Using and evidence-based practice approach. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, 11, 73-83. DOI: 10.1080/15433714.2013.840197

Garrett, K. J., Knick, T., Krisak, R., & McCoy, C. (2014). Understanding the scope of practice of Minnesota school social workers. St. Paul MN: Minnesota School Social Workers’ Association. 

Garrett, K.J. (2012). Managing school social work records. Children & Schools, 34(4), 239-248. doi: 10.1093/cs/cds003

Garrett, K.J. (2011) Best practices in group work: Assessment and monitoring of group processes. In C.F. Kuechler (Ed.) Group work: Building bridges of hope (pp. 87-100).  Forest Hill, London: Whiting & Birch Ltd.

Garrett, K.J., (2009) Evaluation of school-based counseling groups. In C.R. Massat, R. Constable, S. McDonald, & J.P. Flynn (Eds.) School Social Work:  Practice, Policy, and Research, (7th ed.) (pp. 610-620), Chicago:  Lyceum Press.

See curriculum vitae for full listing of publications, presentations, practice experience, and professional engagement

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