Patrick J. Fowler, PhD

Associate Professor, Brown School
Keywords:
abuse & neglect, administrative data, children & adolescents, development, housing & homelessness, longitudinal study, mental & behavioral health, policy, prevention, program evaluation, social determinants of health

Dr. Fowler’s research aims to prevent family homelessness and its deleterious effects on child development. His interests also include policy and program evaluation, prevention science and violence exposure. 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 two and a half years to examine changes in family functioning, child mental health and educational outcomes. Dr. Fowler also uses innovative methods to investigate associations between housing instability and emotional, behavioral and educational outcomes. His research demonstrates the need for timely housing services to support precariously housed and homeless families.