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Kimberly Strom

Smith P. Theimann Jr. Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Professional Practice
Director, UNC Office of Ethics and Policy

Kimberly Strom, Ph.D.


Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building

Office 324-J

325 Pittsboro Street

Campus Box 3550

Chapel Hill, NC 27599

O: 919-962-6495

F: 919-962-0890

M: 919-302-6813

Kimberly Strom received her BSW from the University of Maine, her MSW from Adelphi University, and her Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University. She is the Smith P. Theimann Jr. Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Professional Practice at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work. Dr. Strom has been a social work educator for more than 30 years, teaching in the areas of direct and macro practice, education, and leadership. Her scholarly interests focus on moral courage and ethics. Since 2016, Dr. Strom has served as director of the UNC Office of Ethics and Policy. She has also been the director of the UNC Academic Leadership Program and Associate Dean and Interim Dean at the School of Social Work. She is principal investigator of the UNC School of Social Work behavioral healthcare contract. She represents North America on the International Federation of Social Work Ethics Commission and is active globally in training, consultation and research on ethical practice and ethical action. Dr. Strom has written more than 80 articles, monographs, and chapters on ethics and practice. She is the author of Straight Talk about Professional Ethics, The Ethics of Practice with Minors, and the forthcoming text Cultivating Courage. She is also the co-author of the texts Best of Boards, Direct Social Work Practice, and Teaching Social Work Values and Ethics: A Curriculum Resource.

Degrees and Licenses

Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University
MSW, Adelphi University
BSW, University of Maine

Primary Program

Behavioral Health Springboard

Research and Professional Interests

Moral Courage and Moral Distress
Professional Ethics
Academic Leadership
International Social Work

Principal Investigator

Behavioral Health Springboard

Recent Publications

Practising ethically during COVID-19: Social work challenges and responses. International Social Work

In Conversation with a Case Story: Perspectives on Professionalism, Identity and Ethics in Social Work, Journal of Ethics and Social Welfare

Ethical considerations in social work research. European Journal of Social Work

Ethics in health care. In S. Gehlert & T. Browne (Eds.), Handbook of health social work

Moral courage. In A. Viera & R. Kramer (Eds.), Management and leadership skills for medical faculty: A practical handbook


SOWO 941

Teaching Practicum