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Bethanie Poe


  • BS, Middle Tennessee State University - 2005
  • MSSW, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville - 2007
  • PhD, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2016

Research Interests

My research interests include the Link between human and animal violence, social welfare policy, child abuse, domestic violence, compassion fatigue, and teaching methods.


Courses Taught

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Social Work

Veterinary Social Work Post Masters Certificate Program: The Link Between Human and Animal Violence module instructor (program launched September 16, 2013)

Social Work 416: Social Welfare and Policy Issues (3 credit hours, Fall 2011 & Spring 2014)

Social Work 315: Social Work with Groups, Organizations, and Communities
(3 credit hours, Fall 2012 & Spring 2013)

Co-instructor Social Work 540: Introductory Seminar in Veterinary Social Work (2 Credit Hours; Spring 2010 & Spring 2011)

Skills lab instructor for Social Work 312: Social Work Practice I. Interviewing Skills and the Helping Relationship in Social Work Practice (Fall 2010)

Skills lab instructor for Social Work 313: Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families.
(Spring 2011).

University of Phoenix, Knoxville Ground Campus:

Sociology 100: Introduction to Sociology: November 21, 2012–December 19, 2012; June 13, 2012–July 18, 2012; December 20, 2011–January 24, 2012

Sociology 105: Introduction to Popular American Culture: October 2–October 30, 2012

Sociology 315: Cultural Diversity April 10, 2012–May 8, 2012; January 24, 2013–February 21, 2013; June 4, 2013–July 2, 2013


Recent Publications:

Strand, E.B., Poe, B, Yorke, J., Nimer, J., Allen, E., & Brown, G (revisions under review) Veterinary social work: Not psychotherapy for animals. Clinical Social Work.

Strand, E.B.; Poe, B.; Lyall, S.; Allen, E.; Nimer, J., Yorke, J.; Brown, G.; Nolan-Pratt, T. (2012) Veterinary social work: A specialized social work practice. In Fields of Social Work Practice: A Foundation of Social Work. Wiley Publishing

Rocha, C, Poe, B., & Thomas, V. (2010). Political activities of social workers: Addressing perceived barriers to political participation. Social Work, 55(4), 317–325.


Recent Refereed and Invited Presentations

Strand, E., & Poe, B (2013, July 20–22). Practicing Social Work in a Veterinary Setting: Quantitative and Qualitative Data Results from Ten Years of Practice. Poster presented as a part of the 2013 Triennial International Conference of the International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations in Chicago, IL.

Poe, B., (2012, November 11). Looking for Animal Abuse: Another Area for Assessing Child Abuse. Skills Workshop presented as a part of the Council on Social Work Education 58th Annual Meeting, November 9-12, in Washington, D.C.

Poe, B., (2011, October 7). Hoarding: Understanding Hoarding and Those Who Do It. Presented as a part of the Tennessee Animal Care & Control Conference in Franklin, TN.

Poe, B., Strand, E.B., Nimer, J., & Lyall, S., (2011, August 4–6). “I don’t know if I can go on without her: Suicidal ideation related to pet loss. Poster presented during the International Society of Anthrozoology, Human-Animal Interactions: Challenges and Rewards conference in Indianapolis, IN.

Joyner, L.K, and Poe, B. (2010, May 16). Conflicts and Compassion in Animal Related Settings. Presented as a part of the 2nd Annual Veterinary Social Work Summit.

Strand, E.B., Nimer, J., Poe,B., and Rennard, M., (2008). Social workers and animals: Debating the ethics in education and practice. Workshop presented as a part of the Council on Social Work Education 54th Annual Meeting, October 30–November 2, 2008, in Philadelphia, PA.


Grants, Research Awards, Funding Received

Mallicote Fellowship 2011?2012

The Dr. Elizabeth B. Strand Veterinary Social Work Award 2011

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