Patrick J. Fowler, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Brown School and Division of Computational and Data Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. His research aims to prevent homelessness and its deleterious effects on child, family and community well-being. Trained in child clinical-community psychology, Fowler uses innovative methods that rigorously investigate policies and programs intended to promote housing and family stability. Recent research focuses on cross system collaborations to prevent child maltreatment associated with family homelessness, as well as youth homelessness in the transition from foster care to adulthood. Fowler also designs and tests big data applications that improve fair and efficient delivery of homeless services; the approaches leverage linked administrative data to target prevention for households most likely to benefit.
Fowler’s work applies a complex systems perspective to inform developmentally and culturally tailored responses to homelessness. He collaborates with experts in the areas of prevention science, artificial intelligence, social system dynamics, as well as network and systems science. His federally funded research has been supported by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the US Administration for Children and Families, and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Fowler teaches courses in public health and social work focused on prevention science, program and systems evaluation, and developmental psychopathology.
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