Patricia Kohl, PhD

Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Social Work

Dr. Kohl serves as Co-Principal Investigator on the Fathers & Families Support Center Impact Evaluation project. She is the associate dean for social work and an associate professor at the Brown School.

Her scholarship is focused on strengthening, implementing, and sustaining evidence-based interventions that improve the quality of care for vulnerable families. Through her research, which is informed by 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 involves analyses of large datasets to examine how characteristics of parents within the child welfare service system influence parenting behaviors, child emotional and behavioral health, and the safety of children. Kohl is currently working to adapt an evidence-based parent training program to increase father participation, as well as to improve father-child interactions. Her work has received financial support from the National Institute of Mental Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.