Cathy Harner

Dr. Cathy Harner

Cathy Harner

Professor of Social Work & Director of Social Work Education

Office Location: Reade 217D
Phone: (765) 998-5209

Specialties: child welfare, developmental disabilities, hiv/aids, international social work, oppressed populations, research



Ph.D., Social Work, University of Illinois, 1991
Dissertation title: “Assessing the satisfaction of adults with mental retardation living in the community”
M.S.W., Interpersonal, Individual, Mental Health, IUPUI, 1984
B.S., Bible, Philadelphia College of Bible, 1978

Why I came to Taylor:

I came to Taylor because I wanted to have a part in developing Christian social workers who would not be offensive to those that the society and the church had forgotten.  I have a passion to be the ‘hands and feet of Christ’ to a hurting world who needs to see the loving side of our Father. I want others to see the miracle that He has (and is continuing to) worked in my life and as a result seek a relationship with Him as well.  

Advice to incoming students:

As you embark on your journey of higher education, always seek God’s wisdom, as opposed to man’s interpretation, when making decisions about your values that will affect your impact on others and ultimately their impression of the Kingdom of God.  God has given you opportunities to pursue for ‘such a time as this’.


Travel, Photography, Tennis, Music, Technology Toys, the beach, sun and sand

I am part of a music duo called Blessed.  We play music for any occasion but always for God’s glory!

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