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Diane Kempson

Division of Social Work

Diane Kempson


Associate Professor

B.A., Columbia University
MSW, Florida State University
Ph.D., University of South Carolina
Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies, University of South Carolina
Health Sciences 220
(307) 766-2516

Office Hours for Fall 2016:

Wednesday, 1 - 4 pm
or by appointment

Research Interests

Unacknowledged loss/grief/bereavement, individual and cultural trauma

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is founded on feminist pedagogy, mandating a developing personal and critical awareness of the social construction of one's worldview.  Feminist pedagogy proposes that learning is an interactive dialogue among students and instructor, thereby creating a community of learners.  In keeping with feminist pedagogy and pivotal to social construction is an understanding that "truth" is a dialogic process, opening the way to multiple perspectives.  Also of significance is heightened consciousness about diversity and social justice and attention to caring and empowerment.

While giving consideration to diverse backgrounds and educational preparedness of students, students come to class with the expertise of their own lives, resulting in rich potential for contribution to the learning process.  This requires a strong interactive model that promotes and highlights the benefits of participatory learning.


Diane has an extensive history as a direct social work practitioner.  She has worked as a clinical social worker (child and adolescent services) in psychiatric hospitals in New York City and South Carolina.  She maintained a private practice for 20 years before venturing West to an academic position.   Her primary approach to understanding and working with people is through a collaborative family systems perspective, even when working with an individual, as no one lives on an island.  Diane enjoys teaching beginning practice classes to incoming undergraduate and graduate students.  As a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), Diane incorporates MI as a solid, evidence-based approach into her teaching that is easily learnable by students.  In addition, she maintains her passion for teaching an advances graduate course on working with children and families.

Curriculum Vitae

Kempson Awarded Grant to Attend Motivational Interviewing Conference

Diane Kempson and Bill Miller
Dr. Diane Kempson, who is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) was one of over 300 attendees at the international MINT Conference in Atlanta from October 8-11, 2014. MINTies from more than a half dozen countries convened for intensive workshops on best practices in training paraprofessionals and professionals in Motivational Interviewing (MI), an internationally accepted, evidence-based practice for behavior change of almost anything conceivable, particularly the realm of health behaviors. Key to the excitement of each MINT conference is the first plenary, always done by Dr. William Miller, developer of MI, in presenting an overview of the latest thinking and research surrounding MI.

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