Patricia L Kohl

Patricia L Kohl

Associate Professor, Brown School, WUSTL

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Patricia Kohl’s 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.

Kohl is affiliated with two research centers at the Brown School: the 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. She teaches “Social Work Practice with Children in Families.”


  • ​BBA, University of Cincinnati, 1987
  • MSW, University of South Carolina, 1994
  • PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2006