Dr. Kathryn Szechy

Kathryn Szechy
Assistant Professor

Email: Kathryn.Szechy@uwindsor.ca
Phone: (519) 253-3000 ext. 6775
Office: Room 232
167 Ferry Street, Windsor Hall


Scholarly Interests/Areas of Expertise

  • Interpersonal theory and clinical practice
  • Mental health
  • Disability and adult functioning
  • Stigma
  • Employment
  • Psychometrics and Quantitative data analysis


Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Wayne State University
  • M.S.W. University of Toronto
  • B.A. Western University, Ontario



Dr. Kathryn (Kathy) Szechy is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work. Her research interests include challenges in the transition to adulthood for individuals on the autism spectrum, including post-secondary education and employment. She also studies the intersection of disability and social, racial, and economic disadvantage through the lens of the social model of disability. She is coauthor on several peer-reviewed publications on topics related to disability, social work practice, child development, mental health, and substance use. She is the principal investigator of a needs assessment of disabled higher education students. Dr. Szechy has more than 20 years of clinical social work practice experience in Canada and the United States. She has practiced in child, adolescent, and adult mental health settings, substance use services and school social work. She has been an MSW field instructor and has taught advanced MSW clinical practice courses. In the state of Michigan, She is a Licensed Masters Social Worker (clinical and macro) and holds a School Social Worker certification.


Professional Associations

  • College Autism Network
  • International Society for Autism Research
  • Society for Social Work and Research
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • National Association of Social Workers (2020/2021)
  • Michigan Education Association (2009-2019)


Recent Publications

Szechy, K. A., Turk, P. D., & O’Donnell, L. A. (2023). Autism and Employment Challenges: The Double Empathy Problem and Perceptions of an Autistic Employee in the Workplace. Autism in Adulthood, aut.2023.0046. https://doi.org/10.1089/aut.2023.0046