Kristen Shook Slack

Credentials: PhD, Social Welfare, University of Chicago, 1999; AM, Social Work, University of Chicago, 1993; BA, University of Michigan, 1991

Position title: Professor Emerita


Phone: (608) 263-4630

215 School of Social Work

Curriculum Vitae
Kristen Shook-Slack in front of a bookcase

Kristen Slack’s research focuses on understanding the role of poverty and economic hardship in the etiology of child maltreatment, with a particular emphasis on child neglect. She is also interested in the caseload dynamics of child welfare systems in relation to other public benefit systems, and in community-based programs designed to prevent child maltreatment. Her work advances approaches to better coordinating services and benefits to effectively address the economic needs of families at risk for child maltreatment, and improved assessment strategies for identifying risks and protective factors related to child neglect. Her research has been supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the Doris Duke Foundation, and the Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board.