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Andrew C. Grogan-Kaylor

Associate Professor of Social Work

Andrew Grogan-Kaylor's research focuses on both basic science research, and intervention research, on children and families. 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 child mental health outcomes, aggression, antisocial behavior, anxiety, depression, and children’s thinking about violence. His research looks at the dynamic interplay of parenting behaviors and their effects on child 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 Stata, R, HLM and ArcGIS.  Much of his work involves working with populations for whom Spanish is the primary language.

Research Interests/Focus

Interventions with children and families; parenting behaviors and their effects on child outcomes; the dynamic relationships of family, neighborhood, and school indicators with child socio-behavioral outcomes; community antecedents of poor parenting; employing advanced statistical models for longitudinal and multilevel data analysis; meta-analysis, econometric modeling, Stata, R, HLM and ArcGIS.; data visualization.    

Curriculum Vitae


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
2015 Fellow of the Society for Social Work Research
2012 Meta-analysis manuscript selected as “Editor’s Choice” by the American Journal of Psychiatry for the 2012 meeting of the Institute on Psychiatric Services.
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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