Karen Countryman-RoswurmKaren Countryman-Roswurm, PhD, LMSW

Associate Professor

Director of the Center for Combating Human Trafficking


Lindquist Hall 505

(316) 978-7013


An alumna of Wichita State University, Dr. Countryman-Roswurm is a Licensed Master Social Worker and a Doctor of Psychology with more than two decades of personal, professional practice, and community-based research expertise in the Anti-Trafficking Movement.

With various first-hand vantage points, and operating from a strengths-based social justice perspective, Dr. Countryman-Roswurm has served locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally as a street outreach worker, project coordinator for gender-specific programming, therapist, community response organizer, human rights advocate, and public policy developer. Specifically, she has acted as a forerunner in advancing broad-based community awareness, human trafficking prevention programming through use with her Lotus Prevention for ProsperityTM Curriculum, effective identification and intervention strategies through use of her Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking - Risk and Resilience AssessmentTM (DMST-RRA), and methods of trauma-informed direct-practices for multidisciplinary professionals who serve young people who are subjugated to, and/or who have survived, sex trafficking through use of her Lotus Victim to VitalityTM Program Model.

Dr. Countryman-Roswurm has a passion for bridging the gap between direct practices, research, and policy in the Anti-Trafficking Movement. She has been nationally and internationally recognized, receiving many honors and awards, for doing just that -- particularly for her specialization in working with homeless, runaway, and throwaway youth (HRTY) and young people who are at-risk of, or subjugated to, domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) and other forms of exploitation.

Currently, Dr. Countryman-Roswurm serves as an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work and as the Founder and Executive Director for the Wichita State University, Center for Combating Human Trafficking (CCHT). To learn more about Dr. Karen Countryman-Roswurm and the Wichita State University, Center for Combating Human Trafficking visit http://combatinghumantrafficking.org.


  • Ph.D. Community Psychology, Wichita State University, Wichita Kansas.
  • M.S.W., Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas.
  • B.S.W., Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas.

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