Linda Britz, PhD

  • Teaching Faculty I, Social Work

Dr. Linda Britz earned her Ph.D. in social work from the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 2003. Prior to earning her doctorate, she worked with children and families involved in the child welfare system. She was later employed by a private clinic in South Africa where she conducted forensic assessments in cases of alleged physical and sexual abuse of children. She also had the wonderful privilege of working with children and families toward healing and recovery from trauma.

Dr. Britz joined the faculty of the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as a senior lecturer in the fall of 2012 and in 2016 Dr. Britz became the Trauma-Informed Care Graduate Certificate Program Coordinator. Currently Dr. Britz teaches Direct Social Work Practice: Child and Family Welfare, Death and Dying, and a Seminar in Social Work Practice: Working with Violent and Traumatized Individuals and Families.


  • Ph.D., Social Work, University of Pretoria, South Africa, 2003
  • MSW, North West University, South Africa, 1993
  • B.A., Social Work, North West University, South Africa, 1992

Professional Interests:

  • Impact of trauma, traumatic grief, and loss on human development
  • Violence and maltreatment in intimate relationships
  • Social work education


Mersky, J.P., Topitzes, J., & Britz, L. (2019). Promoting evidence-based, trauma-informed social work practice. Journal of Social Work Education, 55(4), 645-657.