Joshua Mersky, PhD

Professor
Social Work

Dr. Joshua Mersky is a professor of social work and founding co-director of the Institute for Child and Family Well-Being, a community-university partnership between the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare and Children's Wisconsin. The mission of the Institute is to improve the lives of children and families with complex challenges by implementing effective programs, conducting cutting-edge research, engaging communities, and promoting systems change.

Dr. Mersky’s research interests include the study of adverse and traumatic experiences that undermine health and well-being over the life course. He applies his expertise to developing, testing, and disseminating effective strategies in community settings to promote resilience.

Education:

  • Ph.D., Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006
  • MSW, Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2001
  • B.A., History, University of Mary Washington, 1995

Professional Interests:

  • Trauma and resilience
  • Prevention and intervention
  • Program evaluation
  • Translational research

Current Funding:

  • 9/30/21-9/29/25. Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Grant Program Funding: U.S. DHHS, Health Resources and Services Administration. Role: Principal Investigator
  • 7/1/21-6/30/23. Strong and Stable Families. Funding: Wisconsin Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Board. Role: Principal Investigator
  • 3/1/21-12/31/22. Milwaukee Equity Action Plan. Funding: Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Role: Co-Principal Investigator (PI: J. Topitzes)
  • 10/1/17-9/30/22. Trauma and Recovery Project. Funding: U.S. DHHS, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Role: Principal Investigator
  • 10/1/17-9/30/22. Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity in Family Treatment Drug Courts. Funding: U.S. DHHS, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Role: Principal Investigator

Recent Publications:

Curriculum Vitae