Kari L. Fletcher, MSW, PhD, LICSW

Associate Professor



I am an assistant professor and coordinator of the Area of Emphasis in Military Practice in the School of Social Work. I teach graduate-level clinical practice courses and chair one section of clinical research paper projects. My scholarship agenda focuses primarily around working with military-connected populations, assessing and developing curriculum, and using technology within education.

  • Military social work practice
  • Education
  • Clinical practice

Ph.D., Social Work
Smith College, Northampton, MA, 2012

Master of Social Work, Concentration: Clinical Social Work
Widener University, Chester, PA, 1999

Bachelor of Arts, Majors: Sociology/Anthropology, Criminal Justice, and Psychology
Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN, 1997

Assistant Professor, St. Catherine University-University of St. Thomas School of Social Work, St. Paul, MN, 2010–Present

Adjunct Instructor, University of New England, School of Social Work , Portland, ME, 2010

Guest Lecturer, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN, 2005–2006

Fletcher, K. L. & Albright, D. L. (2014). "The state of military social work today: Is there preparation, presence, and effectiveness within our graduate-level programs?" Paper presented at the 2nd Annual Military Social Work Conference, St. Leo, FL.

Fletcher, K. L.,Comer, S. D., & Dunlap, A. (2014). "Getting connected: The virtual holding environment." Psychoanalytic Social Work, 21(1-2), 90-106.

Fletcher, K. L. (2013). "Helping children with the psychosocial effects of a parent's deployment: Integrating today's needs with lessons learned from the Vietnam War." Smith College Studies in Social Work, 83(1), 78-96.

Chovanec, M. G., Fletcher, K. L., Marrs Fuchsel, C. & Hansen, J. T. (2014). "Adjustment disorder: Transitioning from DSM-IV to DSM 5." Symposium presented at the University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, MN. (Invited).

Rooney, R., Chovanec, M., Isaksonis, E., & Fletcher, K. L. (2013). "Teaching and performing service." Paper presented at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Dallas, TX.