PhD, Social Work, University of Chicago
Cohort Five Fellow

Academic Mentor
Mark Courtney
Professor, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago

Policy Mentor
Debbie Raucher
Project Director of California College Pathways, John Burton Foundation

Current Institutional Affiliation
University of Connecticut: Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise

Adolescents and Young Adults, Youth Development, Regression Modeling


Dr. Nathanael J. Okpych is an Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut. He received his PhD from the School of Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. Dr. Okpych has a master’s degree in biostatistics and epidemiology through the Department of Health Studies at the University of Chicago. He also holds a master's degree in clinical psychology from Duquesne University and a master's degree in social work from Rutgers University. Dr. Okpych researches the transition to adulthood for young people in foster care, focusing on secondary and postsecondary educational attainment, social support, and mental health. His program of research identifies risk and protective factors and evaluates programs that impact educational and well-being outcomes for transition-age foster youth.