Lawrence Berger

Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research in the Social Sciences

School of Social Work
University of Wisconsin–Madison

Lawrence (Lonnie) Berger

Lonnie Berger is Associate Vice Chancellor for Research in the Social Sciences, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Social Work, and a former director of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is engaged in studies in three primary areas: (1) examining the determinants of substandard parenting, child maltreatment, and out-of-home placement for children; (2) exploring associations among socioeconomic factors, parenting behaviors, and children’s care, development, and wellbeing; and (3) assessing the influence of public policies on parental behaviors and child and family well-being.

Lawrence Berger's Research Interests

  • Child and family policy
  • Child development and well-being
  • Child maltreatment, child protective services, and foster care
  • Children's living arrangements
  • Family functioning and parenting behaviors
  • Family resources
  • Family structure, complexity, and fluidity
  • Household debt

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