Katie Gibson

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  • 30000 Programs and Policies

Job experience

  • Principal Investigator, An Ethnographic Study of Psychotropic Drugs and Professional Practices in Illinois' Child Welfare System

  •  Research Assistant, Knowing and Managing Mental Illness Among U.S. Undergraduates

  •  Teaching Assistant, Social Intervention: Policies and Programs

  •  Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Health and Society

  •  Teaching Assistant, Organizational Theory and Analysis for Human Services

  •  Teaching Assistant, Culture, Mental Health and Psychiatry

  •  Workshop Coordinator, The Medicine & Its Objects Workshop

Fields of Special Interest

  • Child welfare policy and practice
  • Social medicine
  • Anthropology of bureaucracy
  • American governance
  • Science and technology studies

Publications or presentations (last 3 years)

  • Gibson, K.A. (2020). Book Review: Roi Livne, Values at the End of Life: The Logic of Palliative Care, Harvard University Press: Cambridge (2019) Pp. 360. Social Service Review.

  •  Gibson, K.A., Samuels, G. M., & Pryce, J. (2018). “Authors of Accountability: Paperwork and Social Work in Contemporary Child Welfare Practice.” Children and Youth Services Review. DOI.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.12.010

  •  Mosley, J. E. & Gibson, K.A. (2017). “Strategic Use of Evidence in State-Level Policymaking: Matching Evidence Type to Legislative Stage.” Policy Sciences. DOI 10.1007/s11077-017-9289-x

  •  Gibson, K.A. “Splitting the Child: Marginalizing Medicine in Residential Treatment for Traumatized Youth.” Paper PresentationSociety for Social Work Research Conference, Washington, D.C. (January 2020)

  • Gibson, K. A. “Enacting Expertise: Ethnographic Accounts of Contested Professional Authority and Legitimacy in Practice.” Symposium Organizer. Society for Social Work Research. Washington, D.C. (January 2020)

  •  Gibson, K.A. Trials without Error: Assembling Public Pills in Illinois’s Child Welfare System” Paper Presentation. Michicagoan Graduate Student Conference in Linguistic Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. (May 2019)