Nathan Berman, MSW

PhD Student

Nathan Berman is a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has completed the coursework portion of the Ph.D. in social welfare. He earned his MSW in 2016 and a B.A. in political science in 2012.

Nathan has direct social work practice experience working at Federally Qualified Health Centers, primarily serving clients who have experienced chronic homelessness. As part of this experience, Nathan worked on two federally funded housing research projects, including the first implementation of Housing First in Wisconsin. He helped facilitate permanent housing for those experiencing chronic homelessness by engaging community agencies, the private sector, and government in the provision of housing services. This also included developing Housing First best practice protocols and field guides for social work practitioners.

Nathan has been a teaching assistant for Social Work 206: Social Welfare Policy, and Social Work 705: Individual Behavior and Social Welfare, a graduate level course. Other relevant research experience includes NSF and SAMHSA funded research assistantships, one of which was managing data collection for the study, “The Intersection of African-American Male Unemployment and Health Status.”

Ph.D. committee chair person: David J. Pate Jr.


  • Current: Ph.D. student
  • MSW, Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2016
  • B.A., Political Science, 2012

Research Interests:

  • The intersection of trauma and homelessness
  • Social welfare policy
  • Experiential impact of permanent housing on those experiencing homelessness
  • The role of social work competency in both individual and community level services for those experiencing homelessness, including Housing First, and other structural housing interventions
  • Race, segregation and the social construction of homelessness
  • Poverty

Select Publications:

  • Topitzes, J., Pate, D.J., Berman, N., Kirchner-Medina, C. (2016). Adverse childhood experiences, health, and employment: A study of men seeking job services. Child Abuse & Neglect, 36, 23-34.
  • Davis-Berman, J., Berman, D., & Berman, N. (2016). Outdoor programs as treatment for PTSD in Veterans: Issues and Evidence. Best Practices in Mental Health. (In Press)
  • Berman, D., Davis-Berman, J., & Berman, N. (2015). Treating PTSD with Outdoor Pursuits. Combat Stress, 4 (4), 6-18.

Select Conference Presentations:

  • Berman, N., Topitzes, J., Pate, D.J. (2017). Adverse Childhood Experiences as a predictor of homelessness. Paper accepted for presentation at the Society for Social Work Research annual conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Berman, N., & Kenney, E. (2014). Housing First and other no-strings attached housing interventions for individuals experiencing homelessness. Presented at the annual conference of the National Association of Social Work, Wisconsin.