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Andrew C. Grogan-Kaylor

Professor of Social Work

Andrew C. Grogan-Kaylor

Andrew Grogan-Kaylor's research focuses on scientific knowledge development and intervention research on children and families with the aim of reducing violence against children and improving family and child wellbeing. Grogan-Kaylor's current research projects examine parenting behaviors such as physical punishment and parental expressions of emotional warmth and support, and their effects on children's aggression, antisocial behavior, anxiety, and depression. He also examines the dynamic interplay of parenting behaviors and their effects on child health and mental health outcomes across socioeconomic contexts, neighborhoods, and cultures. Professor Grogan-Kaylor is the co-author of the most complete analysis to date of the outcomes associated with spanking: "Spanking and child outcomes: Old controversies and new meta-analyses." Grogan-Kaylor uses both U.S. based and international samples; advanced statistical modeling such as multilevel models and econometric methods; and software such as Stata, R, and GIS software. Much of his work involves working with Spanish speaking populations.

Research Interests/Focus

Research on children and families, including effects of corporal punishment; data visualization.


Year Degree   School
2000 PhD Social Welfare University of Wisconsin, Madison
1996 MSSW Social Work University of Wisconsin, Madison
1993 MA Theology & Ethics Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY
1987 BA Cultural Anthropology University of Wisconsin, Madison


Year Description
2021 2021 Recipient of the Doctoral Student Organization Faculty Award
2019 2017 Article of the Year by the journal Child Abuse and Neglect
2015 Fellow of the Society for Social Work Research
2001 Ohio State Doctoral Research Symposium
2000 Summer Research Fellowship, University of Kentucky Research and Graduate Studies
1997-1998 Vilas Fellow
1994-1995 Vilas Fellow
1991 North American Scholar, The Fund for Theological Education
1985 Golden Key National Honor Society
1985 Phi Beta Kappa
1985 Dean's List
1983-1987 National Merit Scholar
1983 United States Presidential Scholar

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