Dr. Korr received her PhD in psychology from SUNY at Buffalo. From 2002-2017 she was Dean and Professor at the School of Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before retiring, she briefly served as a special adviser to the Chancellor on Public Engagement.
She was actively involved in promoting entrepreneurship and design thinking at Illinois. She was among the founding deans for the award-winning I-Venture Accelerator and on the initial executive committee for the Siebel Center for Design.
From 1994-2002 she was a professor at the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh. She was the founding co-director of the Center for Mental Health Services Research and directed the doctoral program during her tenure at Pittsburgh. From 1980-1993 she taught at the Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago. Her first professional position was as a program evaluator at the Illinois Department of Mental Health.
She held multiple leadership positions in social work organizations including vice president of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), chair of the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and President of the St. Louis Group – the association of social work schools in major research universities.
She serves her local community as member of the board of the East Central Illinois Community Foundation and as an adviser to the Community Solutions nonprofit incubator. She is also a member of the United Way Community Impact Committee.
Research and Practice Interests
Dr. Korr’s focus is on mental health policy and services as well as social work education.Back to Faculty & Staff Directory