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Stephanie Pilkay


Stephanie Pilkay

Stefanie Pilkay received her BSSW with a double major in Psychology, and her MSSW with a concentration in Evidence-Based Interpersonal Practice and a certification in trauma treatment from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She has completed internships in intensive outpatient addiction treatment for women, child advocacy in the juvenile justice system, and forensic social work. She has also had practice experience at the Public Defender?s Community Law Office in Knoxville, TN.

Stefanie Pilkay entered the University of Tennessee College of Social Work PhD program in the fall of 2014.

Professional Presentations

Pilkay, S. & Lee, S. (2014, October). Effects of court appointed special advocate intervention on permanency outcomes of children in foster care. Poster presented at the 60th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Tampa, FL.

Combs-Orme, T., Leffman, T., Veerman, T., Thompson, P., Strong, J., & Pilkay, S. (2015, October). Teaching Science to Social Workers. Workshop presented at 61st Annual Program Meeting Faculty Development Institute of the Council on Social Work Education, Denver, CO.

Orme, J., Cuellar, M., & Pilkay, S. (2015, October). Teaching a year-long graduate level statistics course. Workshop presented at 61st Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Denver, CO.

Pilkay, S., & Thompson, P. (2015, November). The implications of trauma?s ripple effects and opportunity to influence future generations Part 1 and II. Connecting for Children?s Justice Conference Steering Committee, Nashville, TN.

Pilkay, S., & Thompson, P. (2016, April). What does neurobiology and epigenetics have to do with trauma? 32nd International Symposium on Child Abuse, Huntsville, AL.

News Media Presentation

Dr. Rebecca Bolen, head of the CSW Trauma Certificate Program and PhD Student Stephanie Pilkay who has completed the program talk about the program on WBIR. Stephanie shared some personal insight into the needs of servicepersons.

Research Interests

The impact of trauma throughout the lifespan with an emphasis on populations identified as having increased risk for poor treatment outcomes.


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