Catherine Breneman, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor & Internship Coordinator

Catherine Breneman, Ph.D.

Contact Information

College of Liberal Arts,
Room 2241


Ph.D., Social Work, University of Pittsburgh

M.S.W., West Virginia University

B.S., Psychology, University of Pittsburgh

Post Master’s Certificate, Marriage and
Family Therapy, University of Pittsburgh

Areas of Expertise

Case management

Mental health

Human service workforce preparation


Catherine Breneman joined the Department of Family Studies and Community Development in 2011. Dr. Breneman received a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh and a M.S.W. from West Virginia University. Prior to her appointment at Towson University, she worked as a social worker and administrator in a wide range of mental health and healthcare settings. A licensed clinical social worker and certified psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner, she has experience working in behavioral health inpatient, outpatient, and residential settings. As a medical social worker, she practiced in the hospital, home health, and hospice. Since joining the Department of Family Studies and Community Development, Dr. Breneman has taught undergraduate family studies and case management courses and graduate courses in family-professional collaboration.

Her research interests include case management, the academic and professional preparation of human service workers, and mental health issues.

Courses Taught 

  • FMST 201 - Family Resources
  • FMST 387 - Community Services for Families
  • FMST 430 - Case Management for Family and Human Services
  • FMST 490 - Methods in Family Life Education (Capstone)
  • FMST 610 - Family-Professional Collaboration 
  • FMST 620 - Project in Family Focused Program Development