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Karen Zgoda

  • Section Instructor
  • Simmons College School of Social Work
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Research interests

social worksocial policysocial actiontwittermacro social workpoverty and classsocial media


Karen Zgoda is starting her PhD in Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts-Boston in September 2017. She was a social work educator at Bridgewater State University, Simmons College, Boston College, Salem State University, and Wheelock College. She was nominated for the Presidential Award for Distinguished Part-time Teaching at Bridgewater State University. Since 2000, Karen has been hosting online social work chats and is currently a chat partner for the #MacroSW Twitter chats focused on macro social work practice. Karen previously wrote the SW 2.0 technology column for The New Social Worker Magazine and served as an AmeriCorps *VISTA member and project coordinator at CTCNet working on digital divide issues. Her research and pedagogical interests include technology in social work and education, macro social work, social policy, and research methods. Specialties: Teaching research, Twitter chats, LCSW, Non-profit Organizations, Academic Editing, Blogging, Mixed Methods Research, and Qualitative Research.

Co-authors (4)

Publications (5)

  • Approaches to Empowering Individuals and Communities

    • Mahoney K
    • Zgoda K
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  • Trending topics: Technology at the CSWE conference.

    • Zgoda K
  • Evidence-based practice and information literacy in social work: An assessment of students' reference lists

    • Silfen K
    • Zgoda K
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  • HyperResearch

    • Zgoda K
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  • Cash and counseling: A promising option for consumer direction fo home- and community-based services and supports

    • Mahoney K
    • Simon-Rusinowitz L
    • Simone K
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Professional experience

Section Instructor

Simmons College School of Social Work

May 2016 - Present


Bridgewater State University

January 2014 - May 2017(3 years)

Student Assistant

Boston College

May 2005 - August 2014(9 years)

Field Instructor

Wheelock College

September 2010 - May 2011(8 months)

Visiting Lecturer

Salem State College

January 2008 - May 2010(2 years)

Education history


University of Missouri-Columbia

August 1997 - May 1999(2 years)


Canisius College

August 1993 - May 1997(4 years)