KERRY DOYLE joined the Virtual Academic Center (VAC) in 2011 as a field faculty member. In this role, she serves as a seminar instructor for the Integrative Learning Seminar and the Virtual Field Practicum, and is a field liaison for students in the community-based field practicum courses. From 2015 to 2018, she was lead instructor for the community-based field practicum courses on the VAC. Since 2015, Doyle has assisted with coordination of the National Center for School Crisis & Bereavement (NCSCB) Summer Training Program and assisted with development of the NCSCB Fellowship Program. She also mentors and guides school social work students residing outside of California. Doyle, along with her field colleagues, facilitate a monthly professional development meeting for field instructors across the country. In 2019, she was promoted to Clinical Associate Professor and in 2020 she once again resumed her role as lead instructor for the community based field practicum courses.
A licensed independent clinical social worker, Doyle has had experience in assessment, treatment and quality assurance monitoring in the mental health, judicial and school settings. For seven years, she worked as a diagnostic assessment clinician for the Rhode Island Juvenile courts, where she evaluated referred youth and created treatment recommendations for the courts. She also maintained a private practice that focused on the treatment of adolescents with mood disorders, anxiety disorders and family relational difficulties. Through her practice, she had the opportunity to partner with many of the local secondary schools, which eventually led to her position as a school social worker in the Rhode Island school system.
Doyle’s professional interests also include trauma sensitive mindfulness interventions in the school setting and compassion fatigue among educators. She is extremely passionate about these topics which is part of her research interest in her doctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2019, Doyle in collaboration with USC field colleagues presented at the American Council for School Social Work (ACSSW) National Conference and the School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA) National Conference.
Doyle received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Brown University and a master’s degree in social work with a concentration in health and mental health from Columbia University.