Patrick Fowler

Associate Professor, WUSTL

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Patrick Fowler’s research aims to inform developmentally sensitive public and programmatic policy that supports socioeconomically marginalized families. This work applies rigorous methodology to understand the mechanisms through which housing stabilization promotes healthy child development.

Recent research conducted by Fowler focuses on interagency coordination between the child welfare, public housing, and homelessness service systems to support homeless and precariously housed youth and families. One ongoing study funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development tests the impact of connecting families whose inadequate housing threatens out-of-home placement to affordable housing. The randomized controlled trial follows children and families over 2.5 years to examine changes in family functioning, child mental health, and educational outcomes.

Fowler’s work also uses innovative methods to investigate the longitudinal associations of housing instability and emotional, behavioral, and educational outcomes. His research demonstrates the need for timely housing services to support precariously housed and homeless families.

Fowler integrates approaches from developmental psychopathology and prevention science to inform empirically based policy. He also serves as affiliated faculty in the Clinical and Community Psychology Programs at DePaul University in Chicago. At the Brown School, Fowler teaches courses on program evaluation and developmental psychopathology.


  • ​​​BA, Psychology & Social Philosophy, Marquette University, 2001
  • MA, Clinical Psychology, Wayne State University, 2006
  • PhD, Philosophy, Wayne State University, 2009