Karen Shatz, PhD

Associate Professor

PhD, Family Therapy, Nova Southeastern University
MSW, Social Work, McGill University
BSW, Social Work, McGill University
BA, Psychology, Concordia University

Karen Shatz is an Associate Professor in the Counseling Program of the Adrian Dominican School of Education at Barry University. Dr. Shatz holds a BA in Psychology from Concordia University, a BSW and a MSW in Social Work from McGill University, and a PhD in Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. She is an AAMFT (American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy) Approved Supervisor. Her academic interests include postmodern theory, social constructionism, qualitative research and clinical supervision. Her clinical focus is centered on narrative practices and reflecting teams, and Bowen's Natural Family Systems. She has presented numerous professional workshops at state, national, and international conferences. Dr. Shatz's research interests include phenomenological experiences of loss, and postmodern supervision.


  • Fernandez, M. S., Sacco-Bene, C., Shatz, K. (2017). Impact and prevention of misconduct in the faculty- student academic relationship. In, C. Schwilk, R. Stenvenson, & D. Burke (Eds.), Sexual misconduct in the education and human services sector. Hershey, PA: IRMA

Selected Presentations

  • Shatz, K. (2013). Relational Stories: Moving Away from the Embedded Victim Metaphor of Gender Violence. XXXIIIrd Congress of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.