PhD, Social Welfare, The University of Kansas
Cohort Four Fellow

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Academic Mentor
Margaret Severson
Professor, The University of Kansas School of Social Welfare

Policy Mentor
Jacqueline Counts
Director, The University of Kansas Center for Public Partnerships & Research

Current Institutional Affiliation
The University of Iowa School of Social Work: Assistant Professor; The University of Iowa Public Policy Center: Faculty Affiliate

Areas of Expertise

Child Welfare and Foster Care Systems, Home Visiting and Maltreatment Prevention, Low-Income Families and Individuals


Aislinn Conrad, PhD, MSW, is an assistant professor of Social Work at the University of Iowa and faculty affiliate of the Public Policy Center and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Her overall research examines the social determinants that reduce child maltreatment and promote family well-being. Current and past projects include 1) mapping material hardship, including food, bill-paying, transportation, and housing insecurity, across the State of Iowa, 2) linking material hardship to child abuse outcomes, 3) investigating trends related to child maltreatment hospitalizations, and 4) validating the Spanish version of the Protective Factors Survey.

Before her appointment at the University of Iowa, Dr. Conrad received her MSW and PhD from the University of Kansas. There, she served as a research analyst and managed a federally-funded early childhood project. Prior to receiving her graduate degrees, Conrad served as a case manager for children in the foster care system and investigated allegations of child abuse and neglect in Kansas.