Kathryn Basham, Ph.D., LICSW

Professor Emerita

Kathryn Basham headshot

Contact Information


B.A., George Washington University

M.S.W., University of California at Berkley

Ph.D., Smith College School for Social Work


Kathryn Basham’s current focus is research, writing, clinical social work practice and education related to the effects of deployment and combat stress on the re-integration of service members, military Veterans and their families. She has been appointed to three Congressional committees with the Institute of Medicine at the National Academies of Science charged to explore issues related to enhancing the mental health treatment of military and Veteran families. Her current committee work focuses on the evaluation of efficacy of treatment of PTSD with service members, Veterans and their families.

Additionally, Basham served on the executive committee of the Council for Social Work Education to design military work competencies, and participated on the expert panel of the National Association of Social Workers to design credentials in military social work at the B.S.W., M.S.W. and Advanced Clinical M.S.W. levels. She is an active participant in a national interdisciplinary organization titled the Alliance for Military and Veteran Family Behavioral Health Providers. She works collaboratively with Jean LaTerz on a pilot research project exploring the effectiveness of a couple therapy approach developed for military and Veteran couples, grounded in neurobiology, attachment and trauma theories.

Basham received her bachelor’s degree from George Washington University, her M.S.W. from the University of California at Berkeley and her Ph.D. from Smith College School for Social Work.

Selected Publications

Basham, K. (2013). Returning servicewomen, Veterans and their families. In A. Gitterman (Ed.), Handbook of social work with vulnerable and resilient populations. (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Columbia University Press.

Basham, K. (2013). Facilitators and barriers in effective clinical practice with redeployed military and Veteran couples. Military Behavioral Health Journal: An International Journal of Research and Community Study: Inaugural Issue. 1, (1), 22-30.

Basham, K. (2012). Assessment of ongoing efforts in the treatment of PTSD. Washington D.C.: Institute of Medicine Press.

Basham, K. (2012). Couple therapy for re-deployed Military and Veteran couples. In J. Coll, A. Rubin, & E. Weiss (Eds.). (2013). Handbook of military social work. (pp. 443-466). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Basham, K. (2010). Provision of mental health counseling services under TRICARE. Washington D.C.: Institute of Medicine Press.