Lawrence M. Berger, PhD

Lawrence M. Berger, PhD

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Dr. Lawrence (Lonnie) Berger is the Director of the Institute for Research on Poverty and Professor and PhD Chair in the School of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on the ways in which economic resources, sociodemographic characteristics, and public policies affect parental behaviors and child and family well being. Dr. Berger is engaged in studies in three primary areas: (1) examining the determinants of substandard parenting, child maltreatment, and out-of-home placement for children; (2) exploring associations among socioeconomic factors (family structure and composition, economic resources, household debt), parenting behaviors, and children’s care, development, and well being; and (3) assessing the influence of public policies on parental behaviors and child and family well being. To address these topics, he utilizes a variety of statistical techniques to analyze data from a range of large-scale data sets.

Dr. Berger’s work aims to inform public policy in order to improve its capacity to assist families in accessing resources, improve family functioning and well being, and ensure that children are able to grow and develop in the best possible environments. This research has largely been funded by the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Administration on Children and Families), Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and MacArthur Foundation.

To access Dr. Berger’s Faculty Page, click here: University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Social Work.