Dr. Crisp

Dr. Catherine Crisp photoAbout me:

I am a native of Arkansas who grew up in Fayetteville and returned to my home state in 2008 after a 26 year absence. I received my BA in Sociology from Rutgers University in New Jersey in 1987, my MSW from the University of Kansas in 1993, and my PhD in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002 (“Hook ‘em, horns!). Prior to pursuing my PhD, my practice experience focused on working with people with mental health and substance abuse issues with a particular emphasis on individuals who experience both challenges simultaneously. Since leaving direct practice to pursue my PhD in 1997, my research has focused largely on improving practice with gays and lesbians. I am the author of the Gay Affirmative Practice Scale, the only validated measure that assesses the degree to which practitioners work with gay and lesbian clients in a culturally affirming manner. This scale was published in Social Work in 2006 and has been used by researchers, educators, and practitioners in 8 countries, over 20 studies, and in many in-service workshops. The author of 18 book chapters and journal articles, I am also a reviewer for several national journals, serve on the Council for Social Work Education Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression, was recently named an “Emerging Scholar” by the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (“BPD”), and will attend the Social Work Congress in April 2010 as a member of the BPD delegation. I currently serve as the UALR Bachelor of Social Work Program Coordinator and live in Little Rock, AR, with my partner of 15 years, our 4 dogs and geriatric cat.

BSW classes I teach:

SOWK 3302: Social Work and Diversity
SOWK 4333: Practice III

Some of my recent publications:

Padilla, Y.C., Crisp, C., & Rew, D. L. (in press). Parental Acceptance and Illegal Drug Use among Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Adolescents: Results from a National Survey. Social Work.

Koenig, T. L. & Crisp, C. (2008). Ethical issues in practice with older women who misuse substances. Substance Use & Misuse, 43(8), 1045 – 1061.

Crisp, C., Wayland, S., & Gordon. T. (2008). Older gay, lesbian, and bisexual adults: Tools for age-competent and gay affirmative practice. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 20 (1/2), 5 – 29.

Crisp, C. & McCave, E. L. (2007). Gay affirmative practice: A model for social work practice with gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 24(4) 403–421.

Some of my favorite things:

Time with my family and friends.

My dogs Kali, Cassie, Merry, and Angel and my cat Halley.

Cheesecake (yummmm).

A day spent at my dad’s lake house in Eureka Springs.

The first snowfall of the season (especially if campus is closed).

A weekend spent reading a good book.


The Texas Longhorns (Hook ’em Horns).

The UALR Trojans.