Karen Badger, PhD, MSW

Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, Board Member

Director of Undergraduate Initiatives, College of Health Sciences
Associate Professor, College of Health Sciences
Associate Professor (joint appointment), College of Social Work
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY


Karen, who is a social worker with 25 years of experience, as well as an Associate Professor in the College of Social Work, an Associate Dean and Assistant Provost in Undergraduate Education at the University of Kentucky, brings the unique perspective of a researcher, mental health provider, and administrator to her work with the Phoenix Society.

Karen's social work experience includes direct practice in community mental health and private practice settings and at Shriners Burns Hospital (Cincinnati) as a medical social worker. She was also the manager of the Medical Division of Social Work at University Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio.  Her responsibilities at UK encompass the areas of administration, teaching, and research. Karen has been recognized through the UK Alumni Association Great Teacher Award (2013) and was also selected to represent UK as a 2014-15 faculty fellow in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Academic Leadership Development Program. Her research interests have focused on psychosocial adjustment and support of survivors and their families following a burn injury, along with education/programming initiatives and evaluation.  Karen has earned an undergraduate degree in music therapy from the University of Dayton and Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Social Work from the University of Kentucky.