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Patricia M. Carlson

Assistant Professor
 
Dr. Patricia Carlson is an experienced social work educator who has taught a number of macro practice and theory courses.  She strives to present course content in a way that supports an interactive and mutual learning environment with high levels of student engagement. Dr. Carlson has substantial director-level leadership practice experience in non-profit agencies; including, program development, management and successful grant writing. Additionally, she has been working as a senior level researcher for several years employing quantitative and qualitative methods, developing and implementing research and evaluation designs, analyzing data, and translating results into practice. Dr. Carlson’s areas of research interest include child welfare services and policies, the intersection of child neglect and poverty, poverty, welfare, employment, and social welfare policies and programs.
 
Areas of Expertise
  • Child welfare policy, systems and practice
  • Public welfare and employment
  • Program Evaluation
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Research methods
 
Education
 
PhD,   University of Connecticut School of Social Work, West Hartford, CT, 2008
Dissertation:  The Influence of Employment Related Supports and Services on Successful TANF Exits:  A Sequential Explanatory Mixed Methods Analysis

MSW,  University of Connecticut School of Social Work, West Hartford, CT, 1994
Concentration:  Policy and Planning and Community Organizing

BA,   University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, 1992
Major: Political Science and Sociology

 
Courses Regularly Taught
 
SWK 330, Social Welfare Institutions and Policies I
 
SWK 430, Social Welfare Institutions and Policies II
 
SWK 561, Social Work Research Methods
 
SWK 572, Social Work Practicum III and Capstone Proposal
 
 
Recent Scholarship
 
Carlson, P. M., Lin, H., Kurz, B., Ives, M., & Pierce, J., Nilson K. (2017, October). Family Assessment Response in Connecticut: Lessons Learned from Implementation and Evaluation Findings.  Paper accepted for presentation at the International Conference on Innovations in Family Engagement, Vail, CO.

Carlson, P. M., Lin, H., Kurz, B., Ives, M., & Pierce, J., Nilson K. (2017, January). Child Welfare Outcomes and Risk Assessment Scores. Poster presented at the 21st Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA.

Kurz, B., Carlson, P. M., Lin, H., Ives, M., & Pierce, J., Nilson K. (2017, January). The Performance Improvement Center Model: Differential Response as a Case Example. Paper presented at the 21st Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA.

Carlson, P. M., Kurz, B., Lin, H., Ives, M., & Pierce, J. (2016, January).  The Differential Response System in Connecticut: Implementation and Early Outcomes of the Community Support for Families Program.  Paper presented at the 20th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, DC.

Carlson, P. M. (2012, January).  The influence of employment related supports and services on successful TANF exits:  A sequential explanatory mixed methods analysis.  Paper presented at the 16th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, DC.

Kerman, B. & Carlson, P.M. (2012).  What works in family foster care.  In G. Alexander & P. Curtiss (Eds.), What Works in Child Welfare.  Washington, DC:  CWLA Press.

Carlson, P. M., Humphreys, N.A. (2009, November).  Employing former clients:  Ethical considerations.  Paper presented at the 55th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, San Antonio, TX.