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Kaitlin P. Ward

Kaitlin P. Ward

PhD Student. Social Work/Psychology - Developmental Graduate - 2022

Kaitlin P. Ward is a PhD student in the Joint Program in Social Work and Developmental Psychology. Her research focuses on family wellbeing and child maltreatment. More specifically, she examines the effects of family transitions and family relations on child outcomes, and the effects of trauma and corporal punishment on mental health outcomes. Within these interests, Kaitlin primarily studies impoverished, oppressed, and understudied samples, and uses advanced statistical techniques to elucidate disparities in children's outcomes.

Dissertation Title

Ecological Influences of Parental Discipline Behaviors and Child Outcomes among Families in Low- and Middle-Income Countries Oral Defense Date and Time: Monday, July 11, 2022, 11:00 AM Oral Defense Location or URL: Zoom:


Year Degree   School
2022 PhD University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2018 MSW Brigham Young University
2016 BS University of Utah
Year Description
2020 - Winter Rackham International Travel Grant
2020 - Fall Henry J. Meyer Scholarship
2019 - Winter Regent Fellowship
2019 - Winter Bobbe & Jon Bridge Award for Engaged Scholarship
2019 - Winter John F. Longres Award in Psychology or Sociology
2019 - Sp/Su Rackham Travel Grant
2019 - Fall W. K. Kellogg Foundation Family Endowed Fellowship
2018 - Fall Rackham Travel Grant
2018 - Fall Regent Fellowship
2018 - Fall John & Penny Tropman Conference Travel Grant

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