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Patricia Kohl

Associate Professor
PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Patricia Kohl

Phone: (314) 935-7438


Research interests:

Child welfare

Evidence-based practice

Engaging hard to reach populations in treatment

Parent training


Dr. Kohl’s scholarship is focused on strengthening, implementing, and sustaining evidence-based interventions that improve the quality of care provided to vulnerable families. Through her research, which is informed by several years of clinical practice with children and families, she seeks to close the gap between research and community-based practice. Her intervention and implementation research is informed by analyses of large datasets to examine how characteristics of parents within the child welfare service system, such as substance abuse and mental illness, influence parenting behaviors, child emotional and behavioral health, and the safety of children.

Dr. Kohl is currently carrying out a randomized control trial to determine if Pathways Triple P results in better behavioral and safety outcomes than treatment as usual (TAU) for children in the child welfare system and to evaluate how the cost-effectiveness of Pathways Triple P compares to TAU. She is also currently working to adapt an evidence-based parent training program to increase father participation, as well as to improve father-child interactions. She is affiliated with two research centers at the Brown School: Center for Mental Health Services Research and the Center for Injury and Violence Prevention. She is also affiliated with the National Institute of Mental Health’s Implementation Research Institute.  Dr. Kohl’s work has received financial support from the National Institute of Mental Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Kohl received her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2006, after which she joined the faculty of the Brown School. She is currently chair of the Children, Youth and Families concentration and teaches Social Work Practice in Early Childhood and Social Work Practice with Children in Families.


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