Dr. Dennis’s interdisciplinary work focuses on Indigenous elders living in the U.S and Canada, with particular attention to the communal experiences and care related to the land and healing with a focus on the following areas:

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Teaching and supervision

Dr. Dennis teaches in the Master of Social Work based in Indigenous Knowledges (MSW-IK) Program. She has taught the following courses in partnership with a knowledge holder:

  • SWRK 7720: Critical Theory and Indigenous Peoples with Ed Azure
  • SWRK 7750: Indigeneity, Power and Privilege with Sherry Copenace
  • SWRK 7780: Social Work, Social Challenges and Indigenous Peoples with Ed Azure
  • SWRK 7800: Indigenism, Elder lead with Sherry Copenace
  • SWRK 7740: Indigenous Peoples, Identity and Social Work, Elder lead by Ed Azure

Mary Kate mentors students in the MSW-IK program related to their projects and theses which have focused on Indigenous social work intersecting the following selected topics: land-based interventions, cultural resurgence and identity, substance abuse and recovery, research on parents and suicide, social workers and self-care, and grief interventions.