Kate Behrens is a research coordinator in the Community Research Institute at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University. She joined the Johnson Center in 2015 and is responsible for coordinating various evaluation activities as well as designing and implementing applied research projects.
Previously, Behrens worked as a graduate assistant for the Grand Valley State University Office of Inclusion and Equity and School of Social Work where she facilitated the development of a Native American mentoring program and assessed levels of secondary traumatic stress. Behrens also worked as a community-based therapist for the Recovery Management program at Cherry Health Services in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Behrens holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and earned a master’s of social work degree from Grand Valley State University. She received a 2016 Graduate Showcase award for her research on the inclusion of dogs in human services.
In her free time, Behrens enjoys beekeeping, reading a good book, and traveling with her husband and dog in their Volkswagen Campervan.