Associate Professor

Department Online Program MSW

Mailing Address

Regis College

235 Wellesley Street
Weston, MA 02493


    Dr. Gerritsen-McKane has been actively engaged in social work for 20+ years, most of that time has been spent in academia in the area of field education. Her passion for field education was cemented when her PhD research culminated in developing a field education model for a founding BSW program at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana.

    She is passionate about global social work and has conducted research in Argentina, Ghana, Morocco, Mozambique, Haiti, Japan and China, where she was a visiting professor at Wuhan University of Technology. Further she mentored students in their research, while completing their field education in Mexico, Guatemala, Jordan, South Korea, Germany, Ghana, Batswana, Peru, and Austria.

    She has presented in over 60 conferences world-wide and published several articles with co-authors.

    Dr. Gerritsen-McKane was privileged to complete a post-doctoral certification in Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recover through Harvard University’s Program in Refugee Trauma. One of her takeaways from this opportunity was the reality that there is nothing happening in the world that is not happening here in the United States. Consequently, we are much more alike than we are different. Her philosophy immediately found companionship with Regis College as she studied the Core Values of the Sisters of St. Joseph, particularly “Love and service of the Dear Neighbor without distinction.”

    Professional experience

    Clinical Director; Clinical Therapist; Post Doc - Post-doctoral Certificate (1-year) - Global Mental Health Trauma and Recovery Program, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts and Instituto Superiore di Sanita, Orvieto, Italy May 2012; Institutional Review Boards; and Multiple Board of Director memberships, particularly in the area of drugs and alcohol.

    An Interview with Dr. Ruth Gerritsen-McKane

    Typical classes taught

    • SW612 Field Ed Intern and Seminar I
    • SW618 Field Ed Intern and Seminar II
    • SW632 Field Ed Intern and Seminar III
    • SW638 Field Ed Intern and Seminar IV


    Doctor of Social Work (DSW), University of Utah

    Master of Social Work (MSW), University of Utah

    Bachelor of Science (BS), Brigham Young University

    Awards Honors

    Invited as Visiting Professor Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, China, May 2015 - May 2019

    University of Utah, College of Social Work, BSW Outstanding Faculty Award, 2016

    Panos, A., Panos, P., Gerritsen-McKane, R. and Tendai. C. Care-for-Life Family Perseveration Program: Outcome Evaluation of a Holistic Community Development Program in Mozambique. (Submitted January 13, 2019).

    Frost, C.J., Baayd, J., Gerritsen-McKane, R., Sorensen, S., BelAziz, S., and Sbia, M. Developing a patient-centered care model in Morocco for Individuals with neurological issues: Findings from a needs assessment. (Submitted January 3, 2019).

    Panos, A., Gerritsen-McKane, R., Panos, P., and Tendai, Chingore, T. An Independent, 5-year, Randomized Controlled Outcome Evaluation of a Holistic Community Development Program in Mozambique. (Submitted August 11, 2018).

    DeLong-Hamilton, T., Krase, K., Harris-Jackson, T., Christenson, B., Danhoff, K., Farrel, D., Freedman, D., Gerritsen-McKane, R., Sullivan, D., and Ng, P. Exploring Correlates of Implicit Curriculum for Accreditation Outcomes Evaluation: Results of Student Evaluations. (Submitted, 2017)

    Christenson, B. L., Panos, P., Krase, K., DeLong Hamilton, T., Buchan, V. V., Farrel, D., Harris-Jackson, T., Gerritsen- McKane, R., Rodenhiser, R. W. (2015). Evaluating Outcomes of Social Work Education: Field Practicum Placement Assessment Instrument (FPPAI). Field Educator.

    Frost, C.J., Venne, V., Cunningham, D. and Ruth Gerritsen-McKane Journal of Genetic Counseling: Decision Making with Uncertain Information: Learning from Women in a High Risk Breast Cancer Clinic. Issue: Volume 13, Number 3 Date: June 2004 Pages: 221 - 236

    Gerritsen-McKane, R.A. and Sorensen, S. (2009). Collaboration in the Development of Social Work Field Education: A Process Model between Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and the University of Utah College of Social. Journal of Global Social Work Practice, Volume 2, Number 2, November/December 2009

    Panos, P., Panos, A., Gerritsen-McKane, R.A., Frost, C. J. and Cox, S. E. (2009). The Unique Capabilities of International Social Work Researchers, Educators, and Treatment Providers: Why the HIV/AIDS Pandemic in Sub-Sahara Africa Needs Global Social Work. Journal of Global Social Work Practice, Volume 2, Number 2, November/December 2009

    Gerritsen-McKane, R. and McBeth, C. (2010). Social Work’s Contribution to Global Development the Western Lens Impact on Universalism and Opportunity for Collaboration. G20 Seoul Summit.

    DeLong-Hamilton, T., Buchan, V., Hull, G., Christenson, B., Gerritsen-McKane, R., and Smith, M. (2011). Responding to the 2008 EPAS: Baccalaureate Education Assessment Direct and Indirect Measurement. The Journal Baccalaureate Social Work 15, 17-31

    Gerritsen-McKane, R. A., Hunter, R., Ofori-Dua, K. (2012) Professional Perceptions of Social Work Impact on Developing Field Education: A Case Study in Kumasi, Ghana. Qualitative Social Work published online 23 October 2012

    Wilby, F., Frost, C., Sorenson, S., Gerritsen-McKane, R., Hayashi, R., Nakatani, Y., Oyama, S. (2013). Japanese elders’ perceptions of the impact of Home and Community based Long Term Care services on quality of life and independence. Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies, 13(3).

    Learning to Teach, Teaching to Learn (third edition).

    Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters:

    Gerritsen-McKane, R (In Review 2017). Convention on the Rights of the Child – A Global Child Welfare Perspective

    Frost, C.J., Gerritsen-McKane, R. and Laux, B. (Submitted 2017). Co-creating Global Opportunities Through Learning Abroad: Promoting Cross-Cultural Understanding with University Colleages in Ghana and Mongolia.

    Panos, A., Panos, P.T., and Gerritsen-McKane, R. (Submitted). New frontiers in refugee education and support: social work education in refugee camps.

    Panos, P.T., Panos, A., and Gerritsen-McKane, R (Submitted). New frontiers in community development: the care-for-life model.

    Gerritsen-McKane, R., Panos, A., and Panos, P.T. (Submitted). New frontiers in refugee resettlement.

    Bettmann, J.E., Jacques, G., and; Frost, C.J. (2012). International Social Work Practice: Case Studies from a Global Context. United Kingdom: Routledge. Gerritsen-McKane -case study contribution pp. 13-14.

    Commentary, Encyclopedia and Bibliography Publications

    Frost, C.J. and Gerritsen-McKane, R. (accepted July 2015). Cultivating global collaborative networks: Case study examples from real world work. Social Dialogue.

    Presenter, "From Para-Professional Training to University Graduate – Online Education with Refugee Populations" (2018, April). Teaching and Learning Technologies Faculty Forum, Salt Lake City, UT

    Presenter, "Bullying a Global Phenomenon," Huazhong Agriculture University, College of Marxism, Wuhan, China, 2017

    Presenter, "Using SWEAP Standardized Instruments to Promote Excellence in Social Work Education BPD," February 2017, New Orleans, LA

    Presenter, "The 2015 EPAS Aligned Standardized Field Practicum/Placement Assessment Instrument (FPPAI): BPD," February 2017, New Orleans, LA

    Presenter, "Pre-conference Workshop – The Future of Program Assessment: Using SWEAP Standardized Assessment Instruments: BPD," February, 2017, New Orleans, LA

    Presenter, "Introduction to Social Work in Morocco," Live Broadcast to Rabat Morocco, December 2016

    Presenter, "Global Field Education: Impact on Students and Those They Serve," Japan Women’s University Symposium. October 2016, Tokyo, Japan