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Brett Drake

Brett Drake, Ph.D.

Inducted in 2019

Current Position

Professor, Washington University in St. Louis



Brett Drake has been a professor at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis since 1991. Much of his work utilizes big data to advance “front end” child maltreatment epidemiology, service provision and policy, with a particular emphasis on race, ethnicity and poverty. Along with his wife, Melissa Jonson-Reid, he is the author of the recent book “After the Cradle Falls: What Child Abuse Is, How We Respond To It, And What You Can Do About it”, published by Oxford.
In addition, Drake teaches doctoral classes on research methodology, due to his interest in the philosophical and theoretical aspects of social work research. He also consults with a number of state and local agencies regarding evaluation and administrative data.

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