PhD, Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis
Cohort Eight Fellow


Academic Mentor
Patrick J. Fowler, PhD
Associate Professor, Washington University in St. Louis

Policy Mentor
John Landsverk, PhD
Senior Research Scientist, Oregon Social Learning Center

Current Institutional Affiliation
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Areas of Expertise
Child Welfare and Foster Care Systems, Economic Supports for Families, Mental Health and Well-Being


Dr. Katherine Marcal is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her research uses systems science methods to investigate mental health, development, and service utilization among families with children experiencing homelessness. Recent work has investigated the impact and scale-up potential of housing interventions in the child welfare system. She has also contributed to research examining conceptualizations of homelessness, the links between homelessness and maternal depression, and evaluation of homeless interventions. She has experience teaching human behavior, policy analysis, structural equation modeling, and system dynamics. Dr. Marcal holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature as well as a Master in Social Work, both from Washington University in St. Louis.