PhD, Social Work, University of Michigan (2013)
Cohort One Fellow

Academic Mentor
Richard Tolman
Professor, University of Michigan School of Social Work

Policy Mentor
Deborah Weatherston
Executive Director, Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health

Current Institutional Affiliation
University of Wisconsin, Madison School of Social Work: Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise
Families and Family Systems, Home Visiting and Maltreatment Prevention, Maternal Health, Case Study Research, Content Analysis, Grounded Theory, Mixed MethodsFathers, Infants and Toddlers, Low-Income Families and Individuals, Military Families, Preschool-aged Children, Early Parent-Child Relationships, Intervention Design and Evaluation, Technology-Delivered Interventions


Tova Walsh's research focuses on understanding and improving health and well-being in multi-stressed families, with an emphasis on pregnancy and early parenting in contexts of risk. In one line of current research, she is examining the prenatal experiences, psychological processes, and support needs of expectant fathers and mothers, with the aim of informing efforts to promote healthy pregnancies and positive partnering and parenting. In another line of research, she aims to better understand the special challenges of parenting across the deployment cycle for military families with young children, with the goal of informing the provision of support to military service members, veterans and their families. Walsh's research draws on her experience working in low-income communities as a home visitor to families with children ages 0-3. This work inspires her continuing interest in efforts to prevent domestic violence and child maltreatment, and build protective factors that help buffer children and families from adverse experiences and stressful circumstances.