Kathy Lay, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Campus: Indianapolis

Education/Social Work Building, ES 4107
902 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5156
Office: 317-278-8607

Area of Interest:

Dr. Kathy Lay has a Ph.D. in social work from the University of Louisville with a Certificate in Women's Studies. She has been a clinical practitioner, working in mental health and substance abuse with individuals, couples, and families for over twenty years. She has extensive training in family/couples therapy, narrative therapy, and working with individuals who have experienced trauma. Her research interests include substance use disorders with an emphasis on recovery. She is a co-investigator on research projects with an interprofessional team researching SBIRT, tobacco cessation education for mental health professionals, and alternative practices used to facilitate recovery from addictions. Her pedagogy focuses on critical reflection and she has conducted research on reflection as it relates to clinical practice, service learning, and the classroom. Her research methodology is primarily qualitative with a focus on phenomenology and grounded theory. She is also a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200), has been trained in mindfulness meditation, transcendental meditation, and has special interests in brain-based therapy and teaching.