Jody Brook, PhD, MSW/LCSW

Associate Professor
Director of Center for Children & Families
Primary office:
Edwards Campus, Regnier Hall 270


Dr. Jody Brook received her Ph.D., with honors, from the University of Kansas, School of Social Welfare in 2005 and is currently an Associate Professor at the KU School of Social Welfare. Before joining the faculty at the School of Social Welfare, Dr. Brook served as a Research Associate and Principal Investigator at KU School of Social Welfare from 2005-2011, immediately following a national research fellowship for the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families from 2003-2005, which was also administered through the KU School of Social Welfare. She earned her Master of Social Work at Tulane University in 1988, and has maintained a license to practice at the clinical level since 1991. She has served as the Program Evaluator for 14 externally funded research projects which center on designing, implementing, monitoring, refining, and evaluating the ongoing implementation of services and program practices into the child welfare, behavioral health, and court related service delivery systems that serve vulnerable child welfare involved families. These program evaluations have resulted in over 25 contributions to the peer reviewed literature and over 35 scholarly presentations, helping to disseminate knowledge about program evaluation and key content areas (child welfare, parenting interventions, parental substance abuse). From 1988-1995, Dr. Brook practiced clinical social work in behavioral health and medical settings at the clinical level. She currently teaches SW 987 (Teaching Social Work in Higher Education); and has taught SW 740 (Research Methods), SW 633 (Bachelor Level Crisis Intervention), SW 868 (Master Level Crisis Intervention), and SW 874 (Social Work Practice with Women). In Academic Year 2016-2017, Dr. Brook served as a KU Diversity Scholar; and she currently is a Faculty Fellow with the Center for Teaching Excellence.


Teaching Interests

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Pedagogy
  • Research Methods
  • Substance Abuse
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Critical thinking
  • Competency development


Research Interests

  • Substance Abuse
  • Family Drug Courts
  • Child Welfare
  • Research Methods
  • Community Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Community-Based Research
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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