Katrina Phelps

Community Liaison and Communications Specialist


Katrina Phelps, PhD, is the Community Liaison and Communications Specialist for WINRS. Katrina’s background includes teaching university courses on developmental psychology and grant writing; collaborating with academic and community partners to create innovative art programs for youth in underserved neighborhoods; and working with nonprofit human service organizations to develop a regional information and volunteer center. Together with dynamic colleagues, she envisioned and implemented national projects on advancing youth development and elder abuse prevention. She is passionate about community engagement and deeply values the role that WINRS plays in connecting researchers with the wisdom and expertise that exist in the groups they study. “I love the opportunity to build relationships with people in our community, learn about groundbreaking research projects at UW-Madison and across the nation, and facilitate gatherings to allow the richness of patient and community voices to transform the depth and responsiveness of the research enterprise.”