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WAI Faculty & Staff


Kate Kowalski, MSSW
Associate Director, Public Health, Education and Outreach; and Administrator


Contact Information

Phone: 608-829-3310
Mailing address: Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, 7818 Big Sky Drive, Suite 215, Madison, WI 53719


Role at the WAI

As Dr. Sager was contemplating retirement, he teased that it would take at least three people to replace him. It turns out he was right! In advance of Dr. Sager’s retirement in March 2014 as WAI’s Founding Director, Kate was named the Institute’s Associate Director for Public Health, Education and Outreach. In addition to her responsibilities as Administrator, Kate was charged with leading the Institute’s public health, education and outreach mission. In this role, she works collaboratively with the outstanding team of professionals that comprise WAI’s public health programs with the goal of improving the lives of individuals and families impacted by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. As WAI Administrator, Kate works closely with the WAI Director to advance the goals of the Institute by providing administrative oversight; financial, human resources and operations management; and facilitating program development activities.



MSSW, School of Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison

BSW, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee



After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kate completed two years of post-graduate training in family therapy with the Family Institute of Chicago and the Brief Family Therapy Center in Milwaukee. Kate worked as a family therapist/clinical social worker and teacher of family therapy in the Milwaukee area and Sydney, Australia for nearly a decade before evolving into administrative, program development, education and outreach roles in social services and medical education. Immediately prior to joining UW, Kate spent five years with the Medical College of Wisconsin where she served as the Educational Programs Manager in the Department of Medicine, and Program Manager for the Comprehensive Program to Strengthen Physicians’ Training in Geriatrics grant, funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. Her previous experience also includes four years with the Wisconsin Geriatrics Education Center in an education and outreach role where she developed curricula for paraprofessional and non-professional caregivers of older adults, and coordinated and presented trainings on various topics of interest to similar audiences statewide.