Meet Karen Aderer

Karen Aderer, Wocial Work Clinical Instructor
Karen Aderer has been a resident of the Mississippi Gulf Coast for more than 20 years. She has worked in a child advocacy role for much of that, having served most recently as the District Social Worker for Bay Waveland Schools. She worked previously at an emergency children’s shelter, and has served as a DHS foster parent, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in Youth Court and former Board President of CASA of Hancock County. Following Hurricane Katrina, she helped to write grants for and to administer Hope Haven’s Helping Hands Fund, which distributed emergency aid, food, Christmas presents, and furniture, to hurricane affected families in coastal Mississippi.
Karen received both her undergraduate Psychology degree and her Master’s in Social Work from USM, and is proud to now be teaching at USM, providing students with the same high quality education she feels she received.
Karen serves as Faculty Advisor to the Student Social Work Club, and is founder of the Waking Joy Music Project, which trains social work student volunteers to play personalized playlists of music for residents at a local nursing home.
Karen feels blessed to have the opportunity to welcome students to the joys and rewards of providing service to others, and enjoys the fact that she gets to be surrounded everyday by people who are in a growth process, and are committed to bettering themselves.