Katharine Cristaudo MSW, LSW

Coordinator, Strengthening Families Program

Katharine Cristaudo is the Program Coordinator of the Family Strengthening Program and joined NSC in March 2016. Family Strengthening is a new program with the goal of helping individuals strengthen family relationships and work through important decisions together through skill-building and connecting to community resources. Katharine is responsible with the help of her team to effectively build and implement the program to meet the needs of the clients they serve.

Prior to joining NSC, Katharine spent the past two years working as a social worker in various capacities. At The Ebright Collaborative, LLC Katharine worked as a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) clinician serving adults and adolescents with high risk needs. In addition she worked as a Prevention Specialist implementing evidence-based youth substance abuse prevention curriculum in schools across Cumberland Country, New Jersey as well as a Personal Recovery Services (PRS) worker at Project H.O.M.E. here in Philadelphia, PA. In this role she collaborated with participants to build skills and connect to resources to achieve their personal goals while overcoming barriers associated with their mental health. Through these experiences Katharine developed a passion for working with people from various backgrounds. Every day she learns something new from the people she works with and is inspired by their ability to overcome tremendous obstacles, which keeps her motivated to continue working in this field.

Katharine attended the University of Connecticut where she received a B.A. in English and became an avid Huskies fan. She later went on to earn her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania where she participated in community research studies in Kolkata, West Bengal, India and Fajardo, Puerto Rico. In addition, she spent her second year in school as a Refugee Resettlement Intern at HIAS PA, which is where she developed her desire to work with refugee and immigrant populations.