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Kathleen Potlick

Kathleen Pottick, PhD

Inducted in 2020

Current Position

Professor, Rutgers University's School of Social Work; Core Senior Faculty at Rutgers’ Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research


PhD, University of Michigan

Kathleen J. Pottick (Ph.D., Michigan, 1982) is professor in Rutgers University’s School of Social Work and Core Senior Faculty at Rutgers’ Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research. She has served in a variety of administrative roles in the School of Social Work, including Acting Dean (2011-2013) and Associate Dean for Faculty Development (2009-2011).
The bulk of her research has focused on better understanding the barriers to the provision of effective mental health services for children and adolescents, and disadvantaged populations, and on developing strategies for removing them. One line of research investigates racial and ethnic disparities in mental health service use for youths with serious emotional disorders in the United States. Another line targets clinicians’ attributions of youths’ emotional problems, and the correlates of biased perceptions.
She is co-author of The Parents’ Perspective: Delinquency, Aggression and Mental Health, (with Paul Lerman), an analysis of minority inner-city adolescents receiving outpatient mental health services in Newark, New Jersey. She publishes in the fields of social work, psychology, and psychiatry, with recent articles appearing in Social Service Review, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, and American Journal of Psychiatry. Her research studies have been funded by federal government and foundation sources (e.g., National Institute of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Annie E. Casey and Robin Hood Foundations).
She is on the advisory board of the international social work journal, Ethics and Social Welfare, and is a licensed clinical social worker in the State of New Jersey.

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