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Karen Gerdes


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Karen Gerdes
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Florida State University

Empathy, Poverty, Conation and Teaching

Contact Information
Office: University Center 807
Phone: (602) 496-0054

Karen E. Gerdes is an Associate Professor in the School of Social work at Arizona State University at the Downtown Campus.  She earned a PhD in Social Work from Florida State University.  Her research interests include empathy, empathy measurement, poverty, conation and issues related to Latino populations.  She co-authored a social work textbook with Dr. Elizabeth Segal and Dr. Sue Steiner "An Introduction to the Profession:  Becoming a Change Agent."  They are currently working on the fourth edition.  Many of Dr. Gerdes' publications focus on how students learn and process information.  Dr. Gerdes has been nominated for the ASU Parents Association Professor of the Year Award and in 2010 was recognized with a university-wide Faculty Achievement Award as an Outstanding Professor in Undergraduate Education.

Sample of Publications

Groch, K., Gerdes, K. E., Segal, E. A., & Groch, M. (in press). The grass-roots Londolozi
model of African development: Social empathy in action. Journal of Community Practice,

Lietz, C. A., Gerdes, K. E., Sun, F., Mullins Geiger, J., Wagaman, M. A., & Segal, E. A.
(2011). The empathy assessment index (EAI): A confirmatory factor analysis of a five component model of empathy. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 2(2), 104-124.DOI: 10.5243/jsswr.2011.6

Gerdes, K. E., Lietz, C. A., & Segal, E. A. (2011). Measuring empathy in the 21st
Century: The development of an empathy index rooted in social cognitive neuroscience and social justice. Social Work Research, 3(2), 83-93.

Ayon, C., Krysik, J., Gerdes, K. E., Becerra, D., Gurrola, M., Salas, L., Segal, E., Androff,
D. (2011). The mental health status of Latino children in the public child welfare system: A look at the role of generation and origin. Child and Family Social Work, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2206.2010.00751.x

Gerdes, K. E. (2011). Introduction: 21st century conceptualizations of empathy: Implications
for social work practice and research. Journal of Social Service Research, 37(3), 226-229. DOI: 10.1080/01488376.2011.564024.

Gerdes, K. E. (2011). Empathy, sympathy and pity: 21st Century Definitions and
Implications for Practice and Research. Journal of Social Service Research, 37(3), 230-241. DOI: 10.1080/01488376.2011.564027

Segal, E.A. Gerdes, K. E., Mullins, J. L., Wagaman, A. M., & Androff, D. (2011). Social
empathy attitudes: Do Latino students have more? Journal of Human Behavior in the Social
Environment, 21(4), 438-454. DOI: 10.1080/10911359.2011.566445.

Gerdes, K. E., & Segal, E. A. (2011) The importance of empathy for social work practice:
Integrating new science. Social Work, 56(2), 141-148.

Androff, D., Ayón, C., Becerra, D., Gurrola, M., Salas, L., Krysik, J., Gerdes, K., & Segal,
E. (2011). US immigration policy and immigrant children's well-being: The impact of policy shifts. Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, 38(1), 77-98.

Gerdes, K. E., & Segal, E. A., Jackson, K. F., & Mullins, J. (2011). Teaching empathy: A
model rooted in social cognitive neuroscience and social justice. Journal of Social Work
Education, 47(1), DOI: 10.5175/JSWE.2011.200900085.

Gerdes, K. E., Segal, E. A., & Lietz, C. (2010). Conceptualizing and measuring empathy: The need for clarity and consistency. The British Journal of Social Work,
40(7), 109-119.

Segal, E. A., Gerdes, K. E., Stromwall, L., & Napoli, M. (2010). Privilege through the lens
of empathy. Reflection, 16(1), 79-86.

Becerra, D., Gurrola, M., Ayón, C., Androff, D., Krysik, J., Gerdes, K., Moya-Salas, L., & Segal, E. (2010) Poverty and other factors affecting migration intentions among adolescents in Mexico. Journal of Poverty, 14, 1-16.

Gerdes, K. E., & Segal, E. A. (2009). A social work model of empathy. Advances in Social
Work Practice, 10(2), 114-127.


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