Kathryn Basham

Professor and Co-Director of Social Work Ph.D. Program

Smith College

Contact & Office Hours

Lilly Hall 212



Ph.D., Smith College School for Social Work

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

A.B., George Washington University


Kathryn Basham, Ph.D., LICSW, is professor, co-director of the doctoral program and editor of the Smith College Studies in Social Work. She engages in research, writing, clinical social work practice and education related to the effects of deployment and combat stress on the re-integration of servicemembers, veterans and their families.

Basham earned both her master's and doctoral degrees in clinical social work. She has been appointed to three congressionally mandated 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 veterans’ families. The current four-year committee that is producing two published texts focuses on the evaluation of efficacy of treatment of PTSD with servicemembers, veterans and their families. 

In this setting, Basham co-authored four texts published by the Institute of Medicine, National Academies of Science. Titles include: PTSD: Diagnosis and Treatment (2006); Physiologic, Psychological and Psychosocial Effects of Deployment-Related Stress with Gulf War Veterans (2008): Provision of Mental Health Counseling under TRICARE (2010): and in 2012, the Assessment of Ongoing Efforts in the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. In earlier years, she published a co-authored text with Dennis Miehls titled Transforming the Legacy: Couple Therapy with Survivors of Childhood Trauma (2004) and has also focused her scholarship on intercultural practice and pedagogy and diversity. 

She has also authored and co-authored numerous papers on these topics and has presented in both national and international forums, including Walter Reed National Medical Center, several Veterans Administration Medical Centers, the Canadian Forces Social Worker Corps, Austen Riggs Institute and various professional organizations. 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 NASW to design credentials in military social work at the bachelor's, master's and advanced clinical master's degree 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 La Terz on a pilot research project exploring the effectiveness of a couples- therapy approach developed for military and veteran couples, grounded in neurobiology, attachment and trauma theories. 

Basham has been awarded the honor as a distinguished clinical practitioner with the National Academies of Practice and maintains a clinical practice in Northampton, specializing in clinical social work practice with individuals, couples and families, supervision and consultation. 

Professional Interests

  • Couple and family therapy
  • Ethics and clinical social work
  • Divorce research (including noncustodial parenting)
  • Synthesis of theoretical models applied to clinical social work practice

Areas of Current Research

  • Diversity and pedagogy
  • Couple/family therapy practice with survivors of childhood trauma

Selected Publications

Basham, K. (in process). (In)visibility of race and gender in post-deployment military couples. Journal of Military Social Work, University of Indiana.

Donner, S., Basham, K., & Everett, J. (forthcoming). The Anti-racism field assignment: Beginning results and lessons learned. Journal of Teaching in Social Work.

Miehls, D. and Basham, K. (forthcoming). Object relations couple therapy with trauma survivors. Handbook of stress, trauma, and the family. New York: Taylor Francis Publishers.

Basham, K. (2011). Couple and family therapy with trauma survivors. In C. Figley (Ed.),Encyclopedia of trauma. Sage Publications.

Basham, K. (2010). Trauma theories. In J. Berzoff, P. Hertz & L. Flanagan (Eds.), Inside out/outside in: Psychodynamic clinical theory and practice in contemporary multicultural context (revised). Northvale, New Jersey: Jason Aronson.

2010. Military Social Work Competencies. Co-authored with Committee on Military Social Work at the Council for Social Work Education (Alexandria, VA) - (member of steering committee of six members and final editor of document).

2010. Guidelines for Practice with Military Families (co-sponsored by CSWE, USC, AAMFT and APC) - (member of steering committee finalizing the document that frames guidelines for social workers, marriage and family therapists and counselors in practice with military families).

Basham, K., and Miehls, D. (2004). Transforming the legacy: Couple therapy with survivors of childhood trauma. New York: Columbia University Press.

Basham, K., and Miehls, D. (Eds.) (2004). Special Issue: Pedagogy and Diversity. Smith College School for Social Work, 74(2).

Basham, K. (2004). Weaving a tapestry: Anti-racism and the pedagogy of clinical social work practice. Smith College Studies in Social Work, 74(2), 289–314.

Transforming the legacy: Toward compassionate activism, May 24, 2004, Fourth International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health, Quebec City, Canada.