School of Social Work

Kristin W. Bolton, Ph.D., MSW
Assistant Professor

SSW faculty Kristin Bolton
McNeill Hall 3055
Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Kristin W. Bolton is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her research interests include: resilience across the life span, healthy psychological development, program evaluation, violence prevention, and the evidence base of solution focused brief therapy. She has published over a dozen peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Her publications have appeared in journals such as Social Work Research, Journal of Social Work, and Journal on Social Work Education.

Dr. Bolton primarily teaches research methods to social work undergraduate and graduate students. She enjoys sharing her research knowledge and empowering students to integrate research into their future practice. Dr. Bolton's passion for teaching research methods led to the development of a UNCW wide initiative termed the Research Educators Applied Learning Collaborative (REAL-C). The initiative seeks to bring faculty across disciplines together in an effort to identify and share the best practices in teaching research methods. Finally, in 2015, the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors selected Dr. Bolton for the Emerging Baccalaureate Social Work Educator-Scholar Initiative.

Dr. Bolton currently serves on the editorial board for the journal Research on Social Work Practice and the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Research Committee.

Prior to joining UNCW in 2013, Dr. Bolton received her PhD from the University of Texas at Arlington and her MSW from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.