Lemon, Kathy

Lemon, Kathy

Associate Professor, School of Social Work


Preferred: kathy.lemon@sjsu.edu


Preferred: (408) 924-5845

Office Hours

Tuesdays by appointment


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of California Berkeley, 2006
  • Master of Social Work, San Jose State University, 2001
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Literature, University of California Santa Cruz, 1997



My research interests are centered on the experiences of children, youth and families involved with the child welfare system, with a special focus on culturally diverse families. Most recently, my research has examined predictors of family reunification among Mexican and Vietnamese immigrant children involved the child welfare system.  

In addition, in partnership with SJSU colleagues and community partners, I co-direct the Child Welfare Partnership for Research and Training (CW-PART), a collaboration between SJSU's School of Social Work and Bay Area Child Welfare Systems. The CW-PART organizes MSW students (Title IV-E and other interested students) into research teams that are led by SJSU faculty. Research team topics are developed though a combination of county research priorities and Social Work faculty expertise.  


I primarily teach research courses in the Master of Social Work program including Social Work 240: Research Methods and Design, Social Work 242: Research Methods, Data Analysis and Evaluation, and Social Work 298: Special Project.