Faculty and Staff
Kristina Webber, Ph.D., MSW
|Title:||Clinical Associate Professor
|College of Social Work|
School social work and mental health
School-based interventions with children and adolescents
Racial/ethnic disparities in education outcomes
Professor Kristina Webber joined the faculty of the College of Social Work in 2013.
Prior to joining the University of South Carolina, Webber was an adjunct faculty at
the University of North Carolina School of Social Work. She also worked professionally
in Charleston, S.C. as a grant and program evaluator for the Charleston County School
District, and a Big Brothers Big Sisters Home Study Coordinator for the Carolina Youth
Webber is currently co-principal investigator with College of Social Work Professor Ben Roth on the Immigrant Youth Opportunity Project, sponsored by the USC Provost’s Award, Social Science grant. The study traces the integration of immigrant youth from low-income, mixed-status households who are on-track to graduate from high school. Her primary scholarly research focuses on school social work and school mental health, school-based interventions with children and adolescents, and racial and ethnic disparities in education.
Webber has recently authored journal articles on topics including, measurement invariance, adolescent optimism, adolescent immigrants’ experiences of support services in school, and a qualitative study of school social workers’ roles and challenges in dropout prevention. Her publications have appeared in scholarly journals such as, the Journal of Adolescence, Journal of Youth and Adolescence and Children and Schools.
Webber is currently an editorial board member for the International Journal of School Social Work. Since 2015, she has served as an advisory board member for the Southeastern School Behavioral Health Community and a higher education representative and board member for the South Carolina Educators for the Practical Use of Research.
Webber received her Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland-Baltimore School of Social Work. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work.