Sophia Kraus, M.A.

Sophia Kraus, M.A.

Title: Professor of Practice
Dept/Program: School of Social Work
Office: Polsky 415A
Phone: 330-972-8211
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Professor Sophia Kraus has over 25 years of experience primarily in the areas of child/family development and early childhood education. She currently teaches interdisciplinary coursework for the Resilient Child Certificate involving the study of trauma informed care, play-based intervention techniques, and play theory and assessment..

As the former administrator and Interim Center Director for The University of Akron Center for Child Development (2007-2017), professor Kraus brings additional experience in clinical supervision of student field experience, NAEYC accreditation, and coordination of community intervention programming for children and families.


  • Childhood resiliency
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Attachment & play theory
  • Psychosocial issues of learning disabilities


  • Witt, S & Brdarski, S. (2003). The merry-go-round effect: Examining the developmental perspective and social context of self-esteem in adolescents with learning disabilities. Education and Society, 21, 75-86.


  • M. A. in Family and Child Development. The University of Akron
  • B. A. in Family Development. The University of Akron


  • 7750:632 Human Behavior & Social Environment: Large Systems
  • 7750:631 Human Behavior & Social Environment: Small Systems
  • 7750:430 Human Behavior & Social Systems II