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Council Staff - Kathryn Keating

Kathryn Sweet Keating
Student Trainee- Biological Science


Kathryn Sweet Keating currently serves as a Student Trainee- Biological Science for the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (RESTORE Council). She is appointed under the US Office of Personnel Management Pathways Internship Program. Prior to her current appointment, she served the RESTORE Council as the 2018-19 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Mathematics Gulf Research Program Science Policy Fellow. In both of these roles, she has supported science driven policy initiatives of the RESTORE Council which facilitate ecological restoration projects undertaken in conjunction with various Federal and State agencies

Keating is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Sociology at Louisiana State University (LSU). Her research employs mixed methods and a systems perspective to better understand disaster resilience with a focus on child and family health, resilience, and access to/interaction with community resources. At LSU, Keating worked as study coordinator for the Understanding Resilience Attributes for Children, Youth and Communities (RCYC) in the Wake of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill project, a partnership between LSU and the National Center for Disaster Preparedness. Funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI), the RCYC project utilized a longitudinal, mixed-methods approach to understanding resilience outcomes for Louisiana children, families, and communities following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. She was named a GoMRI scholar for this work.

Keating holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Bachelor of Social Work from Indiana University, a Master of Social Work from Portland State University, and a Master of Arts in Sociology from LSU. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of Louisiana with a clinical background in integrated behavioral health and work with rural communities. A Hoosier at heart, Keating has called Southeast Louisiana home since 2016.