PhD, Social Work, University of Washington
Cohort One Fellow

Academic Mentor
Todd Herrenkohl
Associate Professor, University of Washington

Policy Mentor
Jon Conte
Professor, University of Montana

Current Institutional Affiliation
Prevent Child Abuse America: Chief Research and Strategy Officer

Areas of Expertise
Home Visiting and Maltreatment Prevention, Families and Family Systems, Longitudinal Data Analysis


Dr. Klika is the Chief Research and Strategy Officer at Prevent Child Abuse America. Prior to joining the team, Dr. Klika served as an Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Montana. While at UM, Dr. Klika’s research focused on the causes and consequences associated with child abuse and neglect in an effort to prevent its occurrence. During his doctoral studies, Dr. Klika served as a research consultant for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) examining issues related to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Dr. Klika is a member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) Board of Directors and is the Chairman of the APSAC Prevention Committee. Recently, Dr. Klika served as the senior editor of the APSAC Handbook on Child Maltreatment (4th Ed.). He also serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Dr. Klika holds a PhD in Social Welfare from the University of Washington, in addition to a MSW from the University of Chicago and BA in Psychology from the University of Montana.