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Katy Tangenberg, Ph.D., MSW

Associate Dean, School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences
Phone: (626) 815-6000 Ext. 5850
Katy Tangenberg is associate dean in the School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences and professor in the Department of Graduate Social Work at Azusa Pacific University. Prior to moving to California in 2005, she taught in the M.S.W. programs at the University of Iowa and the University of Washington-Tacoma. Tangenberg received her Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 1998. Her doctoral dissertation explored the physical and spiritual experiences of mothers living with HIV/AIDS, and their implications for social work practice, education, and research. Tangenberg's later research projects and publications have examined the relevance of spirituality to addiction, spiritual, and political dimensions of faith-based social service delivery, international HIV/AIDS prevention, the experiences of women over 50 living with HIV/AIDS, the effects of fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions on family relationships, and youth mentoring activities in religious congregations. Tangenberg's publications include works published in Social Work, Families in Society, Affilia, Journal of Mental Health and Aging, and Journal of Social Work Research and Evaluation. Tangenberg teaches courses including research leadership and other aspects of social work theory and practice. Her social work practice experience includes home-based family counseling, hospital social work specializing in women’s health, and case management with adolescent parents.


  • Ph.D. - Social Work, University of Washington, 1998
  • M.S.W. - Social Work, University of Texas, University of Texas, 1988
  • B.A. - Psychology, University of Texas, 1985
  • B.A. - Liberal Arts, concentration English, University of Texas, 1983


  • Graduate Certificate in Women Studies, University of Washington, 1996


School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences


  • Family Counseling
  • Implications of HIV/AIDS
  • Social Work
  • Women's Studies

Courses Taught

  • PPSY 552 – Human Sexuality and Sex Therapy
  • SOCW 521 – Introductory Research Methods
  • SOCW 541 – Capstone Leadership Project